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Flower Soft

Reported by Susan Reidy
It’s spring, or so the calendar says, and I want to see some flowers. But since Mother Nature isn’t cooperating down here in Central Illinois, I decided to make my own.
Luckily, at the CHA Consumer Craft SuperShow last year, I picked up a pack of pastel Flower Soft along with some Card Toppers of Spring Scenic Windows. I thought it was about time to give them a try.
My collection has seven pots of yummy pastel colors including lilac (see photo below), baby pink, baby peach, baby blue, ivory, lemon and pale green.
Photo from www.flower-soft.us.com.

So what is Flower Soft? I have no idea what it actually is, but I’d describe it as fluffy, light sprinkles of color, kind of like flock but with more dimension. It’s acid free and can be used in many ways by papercrafters and miniaturists (think tiny flowers for dollhouses, etc.).

For papercrafting, you can use it to add realism and dimension to printed designs, like those offered by Flower Soft, or stamped images. You can also us Flower Soft wires to create 3-D flower stems that you can add to a card, scrapbook page or home decor.

Flower Soft offers a glue specifically for adding the colored sprinkles, but I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and it worked just fine. When adding it to stamped images or the card toppers, I put my glue in small areas, added the Flower Soft, patted it down with my fingers and then shook off the excess.

Since the sprinkles are so compact in the container, I found it was helpful to pour a small amount into another container and fluff the sprinkles.

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get my leftover sprinkles back into the container, but it all went back in after I gently patted it down. It does get a little messy, but at least I didn’t have static cling problems like I do with glitter.

Flower Soft is available in more than 20 individual colors including neon, gold, silver and polar white, packaged in 30 ml containers. Mixes such as summer, spring and vintage Christmas also are available.

Flower Soft Ultra Fine has finer sprinkles than the original Flower Soft, which the company says makes it ideal for smaller images. It’s sold in 20 ml jars and is available in more than 15 colors.

Three box sets are available in Pastel, Rainbow and Floral, Each set has seven 20 ml containers of original Flower Soft.

The company has all sorts of card toppers for a range of holidays, events and more that work very well with the Flower Soft. There really is something for every one’s taste. Take Christmas for example; they have cute, vintage, traditional and even polar friends.

If that’s not enough, they have several lines of stamps as well as lots of digital images that can be downloaded for a reasonable price. Many of those images coordinate with Spellbinder dies.

My first project used some of the Flower Soft Card Toppers. My pack of Scenic Windows had two each of four different designs. Along with a full printed piece, each includes individual pieces that you cut out and layer on top with dimensional adhesive to give it a little lift.

I picked the pretty pink window to start with. Each piece is numbered so you know what order they are layered. I was worried this would be too much fussy cutting, but it wasn’t so bad.

I used dimensional adhesive between my layers.

Here are my layers all stacked up, before adding the Flower Soft.

I didn’t cover the entire flower area with Flower Soft, but just added a few sprinkles here and there. I was pleased with how easily it adhered, and how easy it was to change between colors, without having them intermingle.

Once it was all beautified with Flower Soft, it was super simple to add the window to a card. Sentiments and teeny tiny (those are a little challenging to cut out) are included with the toppers.

Next, I wanted to try some 3-D flowers. I used some Flower Soft stems, and followed the directions included with my box of Flower Soft. It said to apply the glue to the stem, and sprinkle Flower Soft over the top while you turned the stem in your fingers. Here’s my stem, loaded with glue.

My first attempts seemed a little skimpy, so I tried plunging my stem directly into some Flower Soft that I had fluffed in a separate container. Bad idea. What I already had on my stem fell off, and made lovely little gluey clumps in my previously perfectly fluffed sprinkles.

After cleaning up my mess, I tried the sprinkle and turn method again. With some patience, and resisting the temptation to touch the glue itself (this just causes the Flower Soft to fall off), I ended up with this.

And here they are drying in a piece of foam, waiting for a flower pot home:

At first I planned on stamping a flower pot, but then I found these cuties for download on the Flower Soft web site. For $3.99, I got images that included a sheet of pots with the entire alphabet, pots numbered 0 through 9 and another sheet of pots numbered with landmark ages like 16, 40, 50 and 60.

I printed out a sheet of numbered pots, and cut out the No. 1 pot. I curled the pot around my finger to give it a little dimension, and used my Tombow glue to adhere just the sides of the pot to my card. I used the same glue to add my flower stems to the inside of the pot.

And here’s my finished card. Super easy and cute:

For my last project, I stamped the tree branch image from the Easter Blossoms Stampin’ Up set. I quickly colored the blooms with some Copics, and added baby pink Flower Soft to several.

So pretty and dainty. The Flower Soft adds just the right touch.

I had fun creating my own spring, since the weather isn’t cooperating. Flower Soft is pretty easy to use, and does add a unique touch to projects. I liked using it on the card toppers, and also how easy it was to create a card using them. I also liked what it could do for my stamped images.

Next, I want to try mixing my own colors of Flower Soft and adding it to some home decor items.

Pros:
  • Easy to use, adds a nice touch to projects.
  • A little goes a long way. The jars may seem small, but this stuff is seriously packed in there.
  • Lots of colors available, including neons and metallics.
  • Lots of card toppers, stamp sets and digital images available that coordinate nicely with Flower Soft.
Cons:
  • It can get pricey, especially if you want many colors. Each 30 ml pot has a MRSP of $5.99. A box set ($24.99) might be the way to go if you want to sample a few different colors.
  • It’s a little messy, but it’s much cleaner than glitter. I have yet to find Flower Soft stuck in my baby’s diaper (yes, I’ve found glitter there).

Have you tried Flower Soft? What’s your favorite way to use it?

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Flower Soft

Reported By: Julie Campbell
One of my favorite ‘finds’ at the Summer CHA show was this really interesting product called Flower Soft by Katy Sue Designs. Flower Soft is new to North America, but apparently has been around in Europe for a while now.

So, what is Flower Soft? Flower Soft is a type of embellishment that looks like tiny sprinkles. It is spongy to the touch, but maintains it’s shape even after being pressed. You can use Flower Soft as an accent for card making or scrapbooking, as it is acid free. The site even suggests using this product to make miniature plants for a doll house.

Flower Soft comes in a variety of mixed and solid colors. Each jar is 30 mL and goes a long way! To apply, simply apply glue to where you want to add the product and shake a small amount of Flower Soft over the area. Flower Soft carries a brand of PVA glue that I really like. It has a fine tip, so the glue goes just where you want it to go. It dries quickly and becomes clear after a few minutes.

Below is a picture of what my project looked like during application. Apply it as you would glitter and just tap off the excess and return it to the jar.

One of the things I love about Flower Soft is that you don’t have to use it only for flowers. As you can see, I applied Nut Brown to my moose to create fur.

Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms (Ed the Moose, Tag! You’re it!, & Little Gal sets)
Printed paper by: October Afternoon, Basic Grey

Here is another example using the Sweet Pea Flower Soft mix:

Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms (Silhouette Blooms, Friend Centers)
Printed paper by Basic Grey

One of the things that first drew me to Flower Soft was the possibility of using it with my highly detailed stamp images to give my projects extra color and texture. I used a combination of Christmas Green, Spring Mix, and Sweet Pea mix.

Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms (Streams of Living Water – Thomas Kinkade line, Script Essential Expressions)
Printed paper by Cornish Heritage Farms

Pros:

  • This product is acid free and safe to use for scrapbooking
  • It comes in a variety of mixed and solid colors
  • Compact jars will last a long time
  • Flower Soft can be used for more than creating flowers.

Cons:

  • Even though Flower Soft comes in a lot of colors, I love it so much that I would like to see even more varieties in the future
  • This product can be difficult to find in brick and mortar stores.

In conclusion, I think Flower Soft is a fun, unique new embellishment that can be used for a multitude of craft projects. It’s easy to use and inexpensive. Have you tried Flower Soft or have any additional questions about this product? I’d love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment on this post.

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