While I was out at CHA 2009 this past January, one of the hot new products that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on was FLOWER SOFT. Lucky for us 7 Kids College Fund is now carrying this wonderful product. It is basically shaved sprinkles of colored foam that is acid-free and safe to use on all your papercrafting projects, including scrapbooks.
New in 2009 are the FLOWER SOFT BOXED SETS, which offer a great value and are a wonderful way to start out. The Starter Kit is a particularly great set because it comes with a little bit of everything you need to get started.
Making Flower Stems with the PRETTY POTS STARTER KIT. In this kit, you receive a set of paper covered wires that you can cut to any size you need to make flower stems. You can use these with the included paper pots or on any project you might need them for. These are easy to make too!
First, snip the wire to the desired length. Apply the FLOWER SOFT BLUE (which is a very tacky glue included in the kit) generously and evenly (not in blobs) to half the length of your wire. The best tip I can give is to empty your FLOWER SOFT into a small bowl to make it easier to apply. Holding your wire over the bowl, sprinkle the flower soft on the wire while turning it slowly. You do not want to dip it in the flower soft, just sprinkle and shake. Place your stem in the included sponge to dry. You can repeat this step multiple times to make your stems thicker, letting the stem dry completely between applications. See below where I made a little paper bouquet for my FLOWER SOFT stems which I can attach to a card or other project.
Using FLOWER SOFT on cards and scrapbook pages. FLOWER SOFT comes in multiple colors including pots of already mixed colors. You also can mix your own, which is so much fun to do! I used the SPRING mix on the card below. To apply FLOWER SOFT to your card or paper project, just dot on your FLOWER SOFT GLUE where you want the FLOWER SOFT to stick. DO NOT “glob” the glue on. You just need a small amount of glue for the product to stick. Sprinkle your flower soft mix on and gently shake off the excess. I usually do this twice to cover everywhere. You may also gently push the FLOWER SOFT down on your paper to adhere.
Below is a card I made incorporating the FLOWER SOFT SPRING mix on my Sarah Kay image ROSE'S GARDEN along with Basic Grey’s URBAN PRAIRIE designer paper (all of which are available at www.7kidscollegefund.com). Another fun trick is to shake on a very ultra-fine glitter after applying your FLOWER SOFT. The glitter will stick to the glued areas and give your flowers a soft shimmer...so pretty!