Aloha, here is the gift I started making for my niece a year ago. I was afraid if I waited any longer to finish them they might not fit. I went through a lot of trial and error using different embossing powders and inks until I came up with something that I thought looked decent. By the time I got the first shoe done, I didn’t want to look at fun foam for a real long time.
What I did was to stamp the hibiscus cluster from the Waltzingmouse Stamps set Free Spirit-Boy on fun foam using black pigment ink and embossing them with black embossing powder. The tip here is to use pigment ink that matches your embossing powder. I didn’t get very good results using Versamark.
I colored the flowers with Copics and attached the crystals. All the pieces are arranged in the order they will be placed around the shoe’s band. I used 3 full flowers and 2 partial flowers. I embossed a total of 5 full flower trios.
I used caulk on the shoe I made last year and it held up well. I thought caulk was a good choice because it is waterproof and stays flexible. I don’t know what brand I used on the other shoe (it was something different), but today the caulk wasn’t working nearly as well. Not sure if it was the type of caulk or because I was in a rush but I ended up supplementing with super glue and it turned out to be easier and seemed to bond quite well. The super glue didn’t need the elaborate clothespin set up to keep everything in place like the caulk did while it dried.
An additional thought I had for this project would be to try it with white embossing powder on colored fun foam.
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Free Spirit-Boy, Free Spirit-Sentiments, Bitty Banners
Ink: Memento; VersaMagic Midnight Black
Paper: PTI Kraft; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Ribbon: PTI Summer Sunrise grosgrain
Other: i-rock Crystal Hot Rocks; Copics; Unknown gift bag; Ranger Black Super Fine Detail embossing powder; Unknown flip flops
Thanks for checking in and for a great July release. I am anxious to see what everyone makes with their new goodies! I will have to check in with my niece this summer to see how they have held up. I’d love to know if you decide to give the flip flops a try.