Friday, April 24, 2009

Flourishes Focus: Flower Soft

Hello friends~

It's time for another Flourishes Friday Focus! It's Cindy Lawrence here, and I've got a fun product focus this week...Flower Soft.

I'm sure you've seen it around, after all Flourishes carries a lovely selection in the Flourishes store. Maybe you even have some...and maybe you aren't really sure what to do with it. Today, I have a quick tutorial for you that will hopefully give you a little inspiration, as well as some helpful tips.

What you need to get started:

  • A stamped image of anything you'd like to give some soft texture to.
  • A jar or two of Flower Soft - I've used the Summer mix here.
  • A large container to dump your Flower Soft into. It needs room to expand!
  • Flower Soft Glue - a quick-drying tacky glue with a fine tip for precision.
Prepare your Flower Soft by dumping some out into the large container. You will find that those little jars hold a lot! It is very tightly packed, and you will need to pinch it to get some out of the jar. I like to then "fluff" up my Flower Soft by sifting it through my fingers, to break up any clumps.

After you've stamped your image, you will apply Flower Soft Glue to the area to be covered in Flower Soft. If you'll be covering a large area, you may need to do it in sections to prevent it from drying out before you're ready.

Now you're ready to apply the Flower Soft to your glued image. Hold the image over the large container and sprinkle FS onto it until it is completely covered. Then, gently press the FS into the image until it is fully adhered.

Next, tap off any excess, and complete your project. How easy is that?!

I used the Pale Green Flower Soft for the grass. I just love the texture and dimension this wonderful, fuzzy stuff gives to my card! Other ideas for Flower Soft are moss, snow, fuzzy animals, flowers and flower centers, teddy bears, baby blankets, and so much more.

What is it made of, you ask? Well, that is apparently a trade secret; but what I do know is that it is acid-free, non-toxic, man-made fiber...and it has a spongy texture that springs right back when you squish it. It is virtually indestructible...really cooool stuff!

I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial, and are inspired to make some fun Flower Soft samples of your own!

Check out the fabulous Flower Soft creations of the rest of the design team:

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Thanks for dropping in on us! :)


Christine said...

I can't find a way to email you on your store or on your blog so I'll ask here. I have 2 questions.

Can you use Nestabilities in a Cuttlebug?

Are the Sweet Pea stamps going to be in stock soon?

I want to order the new Swing set but I would like to get the Nestabilities and Sweet Pea set all at the same time to save on postage.

You can email me at


Laurie said...

WOW! That's about all I can think right now. This tree is so lovely.

Heidi Kilgore said...

I love the way this image looks using the *flower soft* It is so beautiful and adds texture and dimension to the finished card. Very pretty choice of colors too.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Awesome Cindy! The tree looks wonderful as does the grass! Great tutorial as well!

Connie said...

This is wonderful! I have been trying VERY hard to avoid getting some of this, but you have pushed me over the edge...yet another thing that NEEDS to be added to my stamping collection! LOL!!

Anita said...

Great idea! I love the flower soft.

Latisha said...

Beautiful card and wonderful tutorial Cindy!

Sarah said...

I LOVE your tree!!! It reminds me of my Crabapple when it flowers in the spring.
I so need to get some of this.
Thanks for your Tutorial.

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Fantastic tutorial, Cindy!!! Love these colors and your final look is fabulous!!!! Great work!!!

Jennifer Scull said...

great card with the flower soft! I just got my first little container of some and can't wait to play with it! :)

Shirley said...

Have to say a very cool tutorial and beautiful card, Cindy!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

WOW!!! This card is wow!

Lunet Media said...

very nice article cool cards, great