Tuesday, January 17, 2012

When Gelli Meets MagicStamps™

... good things happen. (including a giveaway!)

Maybe you've already discovered some of the amazing things you can do with MagicStamp™ moldable foam stamps. Such great stuff! But if you haven't explored the design potential in these versatile blocks — you’re in for a ton of fun using them to create your own unique patterned Gelli prints!


These foam blocks are heat-moldable, which means when you warm the surface of the foam with a heat gun and quickly press into a textured object, the block will mold to that texture and retain the impression. Voila! Instant stamp!


Don't like the impression you got? No problem! Just reheat the block and the foam will return to it's original smooth surface. You can use a block over and over — or decide, like I often do, that a block is a keeper. I have favorite patterned foam blocks I've been using for years! Here's a few of my faves .... I love them!


Potential stamp textures are all around us! Things like burlap, lace, buttons, doilies, cheesecloth, feathers, leaves, shells, cut crystal, paper clips, string, rubber bands, rubber stamps and stencils can create great MagicStamp images.


The foam surface is quite sensitive and will hold surprising detail. Relatively shallow textures will work best.

You'll find your favorite stamp textures. Here's mine:

I like to draw patterns with a hot glue gun to be used as a mold. Many of my hot glue designs are drawn onto coffee filters or medium-weight Pellon interfacing. I began using these porous substrates years ago as a way of making molds for creating deeply debossed handmade paper. But that's another story :)

The point being, I have a collection of original, durable, dimensional patterns drawn with hot glue. Perfect for making into stamp images!


To create the glue design, simply draw with hot glue on a substrate, such as paper, cardstock or chipboard.

If you'd rather not draw freehand, or like to plan ahead, you can start with a line drawing on paper or chipboard, and follow that as your guide while using the hot glue gun.


Let the glue COOL before the next step!

Using a heat gun, heat the surface of the MagicStamp for about 30 seconds. Immediately press the foam block firmly into the glue pattern and hold for around 20 seconds.

That's it! Easy peasy. A new custom stamp! Very cool. Especially for those of you who want a new stamp ... and want it NOW.


Here's where the real fun begins! The gel printing plate and foam stamps are perfect partners.

Simply follow this easy printing process:
  1. Apply a thin layer of acrylic paint to your gel plate with a brayer.
  2. Press your stamp(s) into the wet paint. (Stamping will remove paint and reveal a negative of the image.)
  3. Cover the painted Gelli plate with paper. Gently smooth your hands over the paper to transfer the paint.
  4. Pull your print off the plate. That’s it!

Keep in mind, the recessed areas of your MagicStamp are what will become the printed image!


And remember — while you have wet paint on your foam block — this IS a stamp :). Have a piece of paper or fabric handy to stamp the paint off! I often use deli paper for this purpose (dry waxed paper). This is also where I roll excess paint off my brayer. By the end of the printing session, I have a few more fabulous and colorful complex printed pieces!


Keep layering images: Use multiple colors, combine your Magicstamps with other texture tools on the same plate, include masks! Build up your printed images. Go anywhere your imagination takes you. It's so much fun!!!




Images from hot glue patterns are perfect for additional embellishment.

Add stitching, writing, doodling, collage, beads, etc. to your Gelli prints!

(These doodles were done with Sharpie Water-Based Paint Pens — which write smoothly over acrylic paint!)



And then there's clean up.

While printing, you can toss your paint-covered stamps in a container of water and wipe them off later with paper towels. The manufacturer suggests washing them with soap and water.

Honestly, I don't usually bother with that. After I've stamped the wet paint off onto paper, I toss them aside and clean later with a dollop of gel hand sanitizer. They clean up just fine.

True confessions ... sometimes ‘later’ is after I’ve used the stamps over many printing sessions — without cleaning them. Then, at some point, when the stamps are caked with dried paint, I get out the Purell and gently scrub with a paper towel or soft toothbrush until they're practically good as new.


Looking for MagicStamp foam? Can't wait to try it? You'll find it at numerous sources on the Internet, including Dharma Trading Co., Artistcellar, and Joggles — to name a few.

But WAIT!!!!!!!
I'm excited to announce … we have a GIVEAWAY!!!
 
Gelli has three packages of MagicStamps to give away! 

Each package has 8 stamp blocks waiting for you to, well, — do your magic!!!

All you need to do is comment here on the blog and you'll be entered to win! Please describe in your comment what you might like to "impress" into a MagicStamp to create your own unique stamp!

We'll announce our 3 winners here on this blog and on our Facebook page next Monday, January 22nd!


Happy stamping! And please share your images using the stamps that YOU cook up!!! We love to see what you're creating, so please, go ahead and post your prints on our Facebook page!!! 

Show me yours ... I'll show you mine! You can see them in the following slideshow, which features MagicStamp images on fabric! The vibrant paint is BioColor — thank you, Jane Lafazio, for telling us about it!!!

Enjoy! Thanks for watching! 
As always, your comments are appreciated!!!

97 comments:

  1. I LOOOOOVE Magic Stamp! I have several packs of the Cedar Canyon Texture templates that I would LOVE to use with this stuff. I would LOVE to win a pack of the magic stamp! I love your blog-and I love my Gelli!

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  2. I fun idea to use glue to make a stamp, I would love to give that a go. These moldable stamps are a exiting idea and I think pressing tree bark into it and maybe some thin twigs might give a lovely print on my Gelli plate. I do hope I am in with a chance to win!

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  3. Oh. My. Goodness. I simply MUST have Magic Stamp to go with my Gelli Plate! Although I love carving my own rubber stamps, I would really like to be able to draw with hot glue (what a concept!) to make my own, original stamps. Great post, Joan, and thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway!

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  4. Oh, this looks like so much fun....first off, I'd try my embossing folders, look at the fun just there! Laying down some puzzle pieces of various sizes might be fun too. Looking forward to a lot more playtime.

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  5. Add me to the list of people who would love to try out these Magic Stamps - looks remarkable !!

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    1. Congrats! You won one of the MagicStamps giveaways! Please send your mailing address to joan@gelliarts.com!

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    2. Hi Joan - I think this is me. I am so excited because I have been wanting to try this and I just LOVE Gelli Plates.
      Maryann Davidson
      1925 South Clay St
      Denver, Colorado 80219

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  6. What great fun! I can't wait to start playing with these new products - Magic Stamp and Gelli Plate!

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  7. this sounds loke so much fun. I would love to try these out.

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  8. Very cool idea using the hot glue - a technique I am most definitely going to try! I found some interesting texture plates (for fondant I think) in the cake decorating aisle at Michaels. When I saw them I didn't think of decorating a cake but immediately thought "these seem like they'd work great with the Gelli printing plate and maybe those moldable foam stamps - must have these!" Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. I picked up some lotus pods the other day to use for mono printing, but I think they would make great magic foam stamps! Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity to play!

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  10. This seems like such a cool product!

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  11. Totally inspirational! I would LOVE to win more of these beauties, thanks for the chance!!

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  12. I would love to try Magic Stamps and Gelli Plates, but don't think they are available here in UK :(

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  13. Magic stamps, another new art toy! WooHoo! I love rubber stamps so I know I would love to make my own stamps for my mono printing. Pick me, Pick Me!

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  14. I would love to try glue to make stamps- it could be so much fun!

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    1. Congrats! You won one of the MagicStamps giveaways! Please send your mailing address to joan@gelliarts.com!

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  15. What a great product! The glue idea is fabulous, especially for some eastern tribal types of prints. The Ten Second Studio Kabuka molds might also work great! I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my gelli plate!

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  16. Hey thanks for the shout out! glad you're enjoying the paint too. LOVE the prints you made! I've had magic stamps for a while and I feel bad that I haven't used them. You've inspired me!!

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  17. I saw this technique on another blog, but for making cards. I would love to win a pack and use my texture fades from Tim Holtz and buttons, brooches and anything else I can find!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Carmen L

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  18. What a terrific technique! I can't wait to try it; I will be looking around the house for new things to impress; but am thinking a stained glass lamp, for beginners! Thanks.

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  19. I have magic stamps just sitting here WAITING for a new technique - this is TERRIFIC - thanks !!!

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  20. I have just got my gelli plates so to win these would be fabulous

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  21. this post is very inspiring! magic stamp sounds like awesome stuff to use with geli plates.

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  22. I had never thought of using hot glue to make prints with so I will be giving this a go! Thank you for the idea. Does anyone know whether I can buy Gelli products in the UK please?

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  23. what a fantasic product, great idea with the hot glue! I love my gellipate and am always looking for new ideas.

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  24. I love the hot glue drawing idea! I think it would be fun to make some Zentangle-type doodles with the hot glue technique and then use the Magic Stamps to print.

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  25. I think that I would fun to make "pasta stamps" with all sorts of pasta pressed into the stamp.

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  26. Great post ! Lots of ideas whirling around.....

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  27. I love my penscore/magic foam for making stamps. I've several pieces I've used for year and years and can't part with the image I pressed on because they were rocks from my garden before we started renovating. Brilliant stuff, I'm surprized it's not more popular!

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  28. WOWEEE! I have played with Magic Stamps several times, and yet it had not EVEN occurred to me to use them with my new *nearly FAV-O-RITE* tool: my GELLI plates!?! ~>:-0 This is going to be a colorful weekend!

    Thanks, too, for the 'hot glue shapes' trick! I am SO excited about playing with this! Would dearly love to win the stamps; but even if I don't: I have gotten some wonderful new ideas for enjoying this incredible printing tool -- THANKS!

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  29. oMG ...the wheels are turning in my mind...I'd love to try this on decorative glass plate, lace, decorative curtains, scattered rice, ferns, leaves, plastic netting that some fruit and veg come in, glues down thin twine patterns, mosaic patterns etc etc...really any textured surface!

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  30. Jewelry! Just the thought of using a string of pearls/strands of beads! And I will have to try the hot glue to make custom designs---love the ideas; thank you.

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  31. I have a headboard behind my bed that was carved in Pakistan. The details are small, ornate with a middle eastern design. This would be perfect to take impressions of different parts of the designs. Thank you for this tutorial.

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  32. This is such a great article - I can't wait to try out some of these ideas!

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  33. great post! love the idea of making my own stamps - and with hot glue too! wonderful! thanks so much...
    I have been using regular gelatin plates and they got moldy..yuk! Can't wait to try out my new Gelli plate with some rubber stamps... wood moldings, old doily collection, scraps of tatted lace... too much fun!

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  34. This is fabulous....a must have! Thanks for the great review/tutorial. Sitting here next to the fireplace I wondered what the MagicStamp would look like pressed in bricks? Thanks so much for this opportunity!

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    1. Congrats! You won one of the MagicStamps giveaways! Please send your mailing address to joan@gelliarts.com!

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  35. I was just reminded of your Gelli Arts plate, and have been watching your videos for hours. What fun. I love monoprinting, and the combo with the moldable stamps is brilliant!
    Thanks so much for doing a giveaway. I would love to win!

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  36. What a fun, fun post! Thanks so much for the great ideas. I'm inspired to head to the studio and do some printing with my Gelli plates!

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  37. I would LOVE to own some Magic Stamps, I looked around where I live and could not find any. I love the example with the glue....very creative. Thanks for a chance to win = )

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  38. Ta for the tip about hot glue designs! I'll have to try that! I love magic stamps! The more in my studio the better!

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  39. Excellent tutorial, Joan! I need to put my Magic Stamps to use! On a side note...my blog link has changed. I'm now at http://fryestyle.com/FryeStyle/Blog/Blog.html Thanks!

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  40. I was thinking about trying my Geli Plate again, and this topic caught my interest. I have a small moldable stamp to try. I usually go around the house, finding all kinds of odd textures to try. Thanks for the give-away.

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  41. Oh my! What to try? I am an organic kind of gal - I would probably go outside and see what I could find in the back meadow: leaves, flowers, vines that kind of thing. I would have to try the hot glue also - I NEVER would have thought of that on my own! Thanks for the tip!

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  42. I have never seen this before. I pick up things with texture where ever I go. I just got a large shell from Barbados on my cruise right after Christmas. It's a flat piece and I think it will work well. Oh I hope I win...:)

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  43. I would love to try this with different kinds of metal. I'm thinking metal wheels or cogs that have interesting round shapes. such great ideas!

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  44. I have never seen this before, but must say I am very curious to try it! The colors and textures are very exciting. I teach workshops for children and young adults about printmaking without a press. To be able to use this product in my workshops would be fabulous!

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  45. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  46. I can't wait to try out the Magic stamps - and the hot glue to make stamp mold designs is genius!

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  47. ... And the winners of our MagicStamp giveaway are ...

    1. Maryann (comment #5)
    2. Marshaleith (Cool Quilting)
    3. NancyKefko

    Congratulations! Have fun pairing MagicStamps with your Gelli plate! Hope you'll share your stamp images on our Facebook page!

    Thanks everyone! You offered such creative ways to make your own stamp impressions using MagicStamps!!! I've made a list of your fabulous ideas! Can't wait to try them! What a treasure-trove of cool ideas!!! Total inspiration!!!

    Winners - please send your shipping address to joan@gelliarts.com.

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  48. Hi,
    I actually bought my Gelli plate a while back. I thought my daughter would love it, but she had no interest. And I have yet to play with it. Seeing this post got me thinking that using Magicstamps on man hole covers would be cool.

    In an older section of my town there are these strange man hole cover like things in the corners of the sidewalks. There are many and they all feature different animals. Anyway it would be fun to use with the Magicstamps. It would also be great to press the foam against various other brass plaques around town.

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  49. These magic stamps look like to much fun! I am working to become better friends with my Geli plate. these stamps would be inspirational.

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  50. Gelli Plates! I only learned of their existence about two weeks back and am anxiously waiting for the postie to deliver mine,so I can start playing!
    I wonder how the Magistamps would work on cut glass amongst other things! What do you think?

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  51. I nearly forgot about Magic Stamps! I got a gelli plate and have only tried it a few times. I've been collecting things I can use for texture... I never thought about magic stamps.
    That is so cool!!!

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  52. I am very impressed...didn't know about this stamps...is wonderful! Thanks for the chance of winning!
    Madeline

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  53. I bought a package of Magic Stamps, and I have some great texture sheets, and a few embossed metal designs I've done.

    But I'm having trouble getting full impressions. There is always one edge or corner that doesn't take a deep impression, when the center impression is crisp. The edges of the Magic Stamps roll, especially if they have been reheated a few times.

    Is there any way to tell when you've heated the magic stamp enough for a good impression, and a way to get the edges to take the impression?

    Maybe I'm too slow to put down the heat gun and get the stamp on the textured piece.

    But I'm gonna try the glue gun approach and try some bold designs like yours, which I absolutely love!

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    1. Hi Sheryl! The manufacturer suggests heating the surface of the Magic Stamp for 30 seconds (300-400 degrees). The surface will become slightly glossy and puffy. If you're reheating a stamp, the previous image will flatten out.

      Here's something to try that might help get those corners take a better impression: As soon as you place your stamp onto the texture, place a heavy book on it and apply pressure so that the entire stamp gets pressed to the texture.

      Good luck and happy printing!

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    2. I finally got around to trying the glue gun technique. I've had an Aleens glue gun that comes in a case with different tips for a few years, but I've never used it.
      Well, I found out I'm not good at getting a rounded bead of glue that stays rounded while I move the gun, and I couldn't make a decent design. My hands are shaky anyway, but I can do it with a squeeze bottle of glue made for 3D embossing. And then there are liquid pearls and other decorating paints that I could try. But first I might try the cheap teeny little glue gun I have...

      Anyway, it's still a great idea! I'll get it done somehow.

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  54. Hi, Joan! I love, love, ♥LOVE♥ your idea of using hot glue to make your own designs with the Magic Stamp! I am so going to have to try this! :-)

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  55. Thank you for all of the great ideas! I have been looking for some creative ways to use my Magic Stamp and today was the first day I got to try out my Gelli Plate so I will be another one breaking out the paint and heat gun to try it all out! :)

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  57. That is a wonderful way to print designs of your making and people of all ages can do it.

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  58. Thank you for all your inspiring techniques!

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  59. Yesterday I saw a Gelli plate for the first time and just had to order one right away. I'm so much looking forward using it! Now I see MagicStamps! So many possibilities.

    Thank you for all the wonderfully inspiring videos. They've opened a whole new world to me. :)

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  60. Hi Joan,
    What a great site! I am starting a printing class for my MFA. I work with clay, and MagicStamps seem like a great idea to apply images/textures on my slabs and pots. I would love to try them! I am glad that in my research about printing processes I found your blog, I will look at it often, thanks for sharing. -Maricarmen

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  61. WOW If this worked on precious metal clay this would be great for jewelry making. I have got to get a few and try it. Thanks so much

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  62. I learned of Gelli yesterday and have been glued to blogs, YouTubes, and websites with it ever since. I also tried every art store in the greater Los Angeles area, and Ventura county too and haven't found anyone who carries it. Blick is the only one, but they're 90 minutes each way to get there. Of course I can order online, but I'm so excited by this that I don't want to wait. I want it now, I want to start playing with it right away. Any retailers in LA or Ventura county that sell it?

    Thanks!

    Anita

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    1. Hi Anita,
      At this point the most efficient way for you to get a Gelli plate would be direct from us - you can order at www.gelliarts.com. We package and ship quickly so you should have it in 3-4 days. Hope to see an order soon!

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  63. Hi , I am in New Zealand how long would it take to receive a Gelli Plate? I desperately want one. cheers

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  64. Hi, I just found this technique on pinterest and looked it up. I love my gelli plate and I love the idea of hot glue gun designed texture for the foam stamps. I am doing this one now.

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  65. This technique looks really exciting and easy way to utilize me gelli plate! Can't wait to try it!

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  66. I have been lusting about getting a gelli plate and now you have added the idea of magic stamps........what is a girl to do....so many things to try....so little time. Have enjoyed your blog and would love to win the magic stamps.

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  67. I'd love to try my chance winning these foamblocks, but perhaps i live to far away of sending them all the way to france. i think this is a great idea for creating stamps and so much quicker it seems than cutting them from erasers.....

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  68. I would love to try the Mahic Stamps on piles of little things like paper clips, coins, nuts and bolts, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. this is great, I can't wait to try this!!! thank you for sharing!!! I'm addicted to Gelli!!!

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  70. Interesting! Can you use a hair dryer instead of a heat gun? I guess we'll find out! :)

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  71. Wow,
    I am excited to make my own individual patterns with the Magic foam pads. They really solve my reason for collecting years worth of of objects . Now I know how to use them and why. Great inspiration

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  72. Just found this blog post after viewing the one about the massive giveaway including magic stamps, etc. Which I have just missed!!!! annoying! Anyway, I have some magic stamps and love creating custom stamps with them, as well as handcarved rubber stamps and stencils for using in my artwork, and while I have used a glue gun in the past, I would never have thought of using it with the magic stamps!! What an utterly brilliant idea!!! many thanks for sharing! Judith

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  73. What a phenomenal product! My mind is racing around the house looking at every possibility to imprint....from my iPad cover keyboard to heater grates. What fun it would be to experiment with different surfaces. The glue gun technique would make spontaneous, personalized cards or invitations a breeze. Would appreciate a product that enhanced my creativity.

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  74. This is great! I am sure to use this with students to create a springboard for a lesson on pattern and design. I too will have to use this. I was instantly thinking about sheer curtains with a design stamped on them, or t-shirts that need a little oomph. Thanks a bunch!

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  75. Can't wait to get my hands on these! SO many possibilities...especially with the glue gun. OH, I hope, I hope I win one :)

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  76. This is Great.These moldable stamps are a exiting idea .Thank you for the idea.
    Magic Foam

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  77. Wonderful! I would love to share these with my Art Group and Journaling Group! Not set up yet with Wordpress so here is my name it is Pearl Brown and I can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pearl.brown.58.

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  78. Oh wohhh...really cool! Some great ideas I need to try out...;-)

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  79. WOW! the magic stamps are wonderful - so much fun and creativity. I can't wait to try them. I also look forward to checking out your Fb page.

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  80. Don't know what I'm doing wrong: I can't get any good images in my magic foam... They all come out so shallow. These blue blocks of foam are advertised as being "sensitive" and easily picking up textures, but I find that to be totally untrue. The images they pick up are so shallow they are hardly stampable. These where a huge WASTE OF MONEY.

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    1. Did you heat the block before put it on your texture?

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  81. I could not find this in your post, but did you know you can use a block over and over again by just heating it?
    It such a great stuff!

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  82. Have lots of glue gun stencils that are just waiting to meet up with mold able foam!,,

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  83. I am an Utter Newbie with Gelli Printing!! And am so excited having seen this blog about your Magic Foam!! I LOVE anything "magical" so am really looking forward to not jut playing with these Oh-My-Goodness block, but in using them to fine tune a whole new artistic expression of my Joy of Creating!! I would LOVE to win these.

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  84. the stamps look like they would be a fun to add to my gelli plate collection.

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  85. OOOOO! That's so cool! I want to try that!

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  86. I'd love to try using my coin collection to make interesting stamps :)

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  87. love the circle stamps and gelli plates... keep offering more varied shape sets!

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