Flowersoft is a lovely product that can be added easily to all your cardmaking projects for a realistic look of flowers, fur, grass or anything else you may want to try
This product is made up from many tiny pieces of coloured card fibres that will need to be applied to your design with a wet glue.
The flowers in this basket have been produced using this lovely material and it is a quick and easy way to get the look of many pretty little flowers in one easy step
Flowersoft comes in many different colours to look like grass or fur or even snow, and can be added to your projects easily
But make sure that the glue you use is the DRIES CLEAR type so that there are no ugly glue blobs showing through the added finish and spoil the look.
The makers of the product supply their own brand of high tack PVA glue, and it has a fine nozzle applicator that you can attach so that you can position the glue wherever you need to on your project.
Here I have glued just the flower area of the basket and to the left of the figure and added my Flowersoft.
It makes a very pretty addition to the little girl.
Once you have added the Flowersoft try to resist the urge to press it down into the glue on your card as this will flatten the effect. Leave it on one side and then any surplus material can be removed with a soft brush once the glue is completely dry
This blend is one called "Sweet Pea" and has a mixture of shades in the one pot, but there are many different mixes for you to choose from giving you a different type of flower with each mix such as Lavender, Poppies or Daisies
It is purchased in small pots and the fibres are very compressed. I find the best thing to do is to decant it into another larger container and allow it to fluff up in its own good time.
Once it reaches room temperature you will see that you have a lot more and then you can add it to your designs and once it has fluffed up you will never get it back into those small pots
This beautiful image is from Sarah Kay and there are many lovely characters for you to choose from, boys and girls, in her collections
There is a really fine mix of Flowersoft that will give you the look of fur on any animal images that you buy and they can be so realistic that children won't be able to resist stroking it to feel the texture.
On this card I have tried to create the look of snow on the rooftops.
I have also added it along the window sills and for this I have used the shade called "Polar White"
I simply applied the glue where I wanted the snow to look freshly fallen and then added the Polar White
Use the finer blend and add it to a Polar Bear image to make their fur look fluffy.
It can be used to represent the fur on an animals coat, or the white around Santa's' hat and coat.
And if you sprinkle some fine glitter into it at the same time as the glue is applied you will get a beautiful sparkly effect that can make your creations look really magical as you tilt the card into the light.
Some other ideas you may like to try are for you to add the brown blend to look like the spikes on a stamped hedgehog, and the green blend to look like mowed grass in a stamped field or an image of a stamped garden.
In fact the only limit to your designs is your own imagination.
Buy small amounts of the different colours as a little goes a long way and just have a play and enjoy what you make.
There are also kits that you can purchase and they consist of a pre stamped card design, of many different looks, plus the Flowersoft to complete it, and the glue you will need to add it to the card.
There is also an envelope to send the completed card in to your desired recipient.
The link will open a new window that will take you to eBay where you will find many colours of the Flowersoft to purchase and it is not expensive to add this look to your own cards.
Another beautiful product that needs time to expand before it is used is Glitter Flakes and I would recommend putting that into a larger container and standing it at room temperature for some time.
The larger container is needed for both of these products because getting it back into smaller ones is near impossible once it has swelled up to twice the amount.
But the effect that either can give you is a truly amazing finish to any of your designs
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