Months ago, my friend Leslie at The Crooked Stamper blog shared a link to Jennifer McGuire's blog post about adding dimension to cards using craft foam. Jennifer mailed herself a card she made using dimensional tape and didn't like how the top layer looked after being handled by the USPS.
I sympathize with her perfectionism. It's a problem that I've noticed on cards I've received, and no doubt recipients of my layered cards have noticed the same.
It took me a while to take the plunge and add this step to my card making, though. Yet here I am, once again taking the advice of a better stamper than myself and feeling really grateful for it!
The snow bank on this card was stamped using an old, discontinued, and treasured Hero Arts shadow stamp. The rest of the stamps are by Clearly Besotted, which is easily in my top-three favorite stamp companies, mainly for its commitment to clean-and-simple designs.
The top layer is backed with a layer of craft foam (a.k.a. fun foam). Jennifer attaches hers with a tape runner, but my tape runner isn't nearly strong enough to hold this. (No, I don't have one of those giant super-duper tape runners all the cool stampers have...and I'm okay with that.) I used my standard Scotch Quick-Dry liquid adhesive, which worked pretty well.
The dimensions of the craft foam are 1/8" smaller than the top layer, so there's just a 1/16" overhang all the way around. Hopefully, this holds up better, although I suspect since the card stock is pretty heavy, too, .I'll need to pay extra postage for thickness on anything with rhinestones or pearls on it.
No worries. If the card gets to its recipient intact, that's what's important. Besides, the solid feel of this card conveys a sense of quality construction lacking in my cards using just dimensionals. It feels worthy of a little extra postage!
Besides, most of my cards are one layer anyway.
Thanks, Leslie, for the link, and thanks, Jennifer, for the awesome tip!
stamps: Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts
ink: Fresh Ink, VersaMagic, Memento Luxe
paper: Papertrey Ink
accessories: craft foam, glue