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How to Print Using Self-Adhesive Foam
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How to Print Using Self-Adhesive Foam

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1/2 day +

Self-adhesive foam makes the process of printing super simple! All you need is a piece of scrap cardboard to stick it to, and either printing ink or fabric paint depending on what you'll be printing your design onto. Follow the guides below to see step-by-step how to print your own design. We also have a selection of designs available for download below!

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Scrap Cardboard

How to Make a Robot Tote Bag and Notebook

Step 1

Draw out the robot design on the foam and colour in all areas that you’d like to print in black to make things easier. If you’d like to use a template, print, trace, and scribble on the back of the tracing to transfer the design to your foam sheet.

Printing foam Robot

Step 2

Cut out the design into pieces – the parts that are coloured in black are the parts that we’d like to print.

Step 3

Attach the foam sheets by peeling the backing and sticking it to a sturdy piece of cardboard.

Printing foam Robot

Step 4

If you want to print the robot onto a tote bag, paint on Tulip Fabric Paint in a colour of your choice using a paintbrush. Don’t worry about going over the edges – anything on the cardboard won’t print.

Step 5

Put something sturdy into the tote bag – here we’ve used a cutting mat. Make sure to pop a layer of paper over the top to ensure the ink doesn’t seep through.

Printing foam Robot

Step 6

Press down your design onto the tote bag firmly for one to two minutes.

Printing foam Robot

Step 7

Remove the printing block. Here you can see that our design is light, and you can really see the textures left behind by the paintbrush! We quite liked this effect as it looks like shiny metal, but for a more solid print, apply more fabric paint or use a sponge to dab the paint onto the printing block.

Printing foam Robot

Step 8

Using a Tulip Slick Fabric Paint with the narrow nozzles, go over any points of the print that you’d like to pick out in detail.

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Next, fill in any areas with other colours using a paintbrush. We filled the body and face of the robot in with gold fabric paint!

Printing foam Robot

To Make a Notebook

Step 1

To make a notebook instead, roller block printing into onto the foam.

Printing foam Robot

Step 2

Turn the print over onto the notebook, being careful to align it to the center.

Printing foam Robot

Step 3

Remove the foam printing block, and leave your finished print to dry!

How to Make an Ice Lolly Tote Bag

Step 1

Draw out the ice lolly design on the foam and colour in all areas that you’d like to print in black to make things easier. If you’d like to use a template, print, trace, and scribble on the back of the tracing to transfer the design to your foam sheet.

Ice Lolly Tote bag

Step 2

Cut out the design – the middle can be completely cut out if you want it to be white on the bag!

Step 3

Peel off the backing layer of the self adhesive foam and stick to the backing sturdy cardboard.

Ice Lolly Tote bag

Step 4

Using Tulip Fabric Paint in a colour of your choice, paint liberally onto the foam.

Step 5

Put something sturdy into the tote bag – here we’ve used a cutting mat. Make sure to pop a layer of paper over the top to ensure the ink doesn’t seep through.

Printing foam Robot

Step 6

Turn over and press onto the tote bag and press for one to two minutes.

Printing foam Robot

Step 7

Release the print and have a look at the result!

Ice Lolly Tote bag

Step 8

We’ve decided to paint the central section of the ice lolly in gold – but you could add sprinkles in different colours, too!

Ice Lolly Tote bag

Helpful Docs & Software

Robot Template

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Lolly Template

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