Monday, May 9, 2011

Product Review, Technique Tips - Neon Flower Soft!

Hi everyone!!! This week's Product Review is all about the fun and colorful Ultrafine Flower Soft Neon Colors and the Fireworks Card Toppers which were designed just for them! What better way to show them off, but with an easel card!!! about a two-for-one.....product review plus tutorial?!

The Flower Soft Company offers such unique and creative products.....such a wide variety of colors of the Flower Soft "sprinkles", pre-printed card-toppers and kits. Though you can add Flower Soft to embellish any stamped image, chipboard, flowers, etc., my faves are the card toppers! The beautiful printed images take away most of the work for you....all you have to do is add the Flower Soft! Today I will be working with the Fireworks Card Toppers, which include two each of four different scenes; each scene has some 3D elements to cut out and pop up for dimension. These toppers were designed for the new Neon colors of Flower Soft, however, the metallics or any of the bright colors would look great!

Supplies used for my sample:
6" x 6" cardstock
Flower Soft Fireworks Card Toppers
Ultrafine Flower Soft Neon Sprinkles
Flower Soft Glue

Step One:
The bottom 3D section was trimmed from the pre-printed card topper, then the 3D elements were cut out and set aside. The topper was matted on hot pink cardstock, then set aside. Since the matted display piece of my easel card (the card topper)will be 6 inches square, the measurement of my cardstock needs to be 6" x 12".

Step Two:
Using the
Scor-Pal, the 6" x 12" cardstock was scored at 6" and at 9". (Please note that your card measurements can vary according to your project, however, the easel works best if you score the length in half, and then on one end only, score in half again.)

Step Three:
After the two lines were scored, the cardstock was folded like shown in the photo below....this creates the easel base.

Step Four:1" Scor-tape was added to the front half of this folded panel.....the display panel will adhere to this. I personally prefer Scor-tape, but any good (extra sticky) double sided tape will work. The covering was peeled off of the tape and now I'm ready to add the card topper.

Step Five:
The bottom of the display panel (card topper) was lined up and adhered to the front of the card base (on which the
Scor-tape was applied).

Step Six:
Foam tape was applied to the back of the 3d elements, then adhered (or "popped up") onto the card topper.

Step Seven:
Since I always add my Flower Soft after the card is complete, I worked on decorating the base of the card next. To go with the "celebrate" theme on the topper, I chose a Happy Birthday sentiment and the frame stamp from
"Mini Tags 3", stamped in bright colors, then cut out with the Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio 3 set.

Step Eight:
I chose to decorate the base panel with
Bo Bunny "Vicki B" designer paper since it had the same fun, bright colors. The May Arts Ribbon was "ruffled" by folding the ribbon into small sections and adhering small strips of Scor-tape to the ribbon under each "ruffle".....much easier and less messy than the glue-gun technique! The Irridescent Rhinestones were added above the sentiment panel as a "stopper" for the easel panel to rest against.

Step Nine:
(As I mentioned earlier, I always save the Flower Soft for last on any project. Since the glue takes 10-15 minutes to dry completely, I would rather not take the chance on rubbing off or messing up the Flower Soft on accident by still working on the rest of the project.)
Since the fireworks topper has some pretty fine details, I used a very small amount of
Flower Soft Glue and "drew" a few thin lines at a time with the glue. (Note: the Flower Soft Glue surface dries very quickly, so I like to work on a small section at a time in order to get the best results.)

Step Ten:
The glue was completely covered by the
Ultrafine Neon Yellow Flower Soft. I like to pile it on heavy.....because of the next step......

Step Eleven:
Use your finger and lightly tap the Flower Soft so that the fibers go down into the glue....
and so......if you pile on the Flower Soft, you will not get any glue stuck to your finger while tapping. Once the glue dries, the Flower Soft will not come off. If you skip this step, it is likely that a large portion of Flower Soft will not stick....not good!!!!

Step Twelve:
Shake the excess Flower Soft back into your container. (Please note: It is much easier to work with the Flower Soft sprinkles when they are dumped from their container and fluffed up. After I've dumped mine out, I store them in ziploc type bags, since it's difficult to get them back in the jar when they are fluffy!) I usually use one color at a time, so that you can clean up and put any spills back into the container for later use.

All four neon colors were used on this sample, plus the letters (and sentiment panel) were highlighted with Stardust Stickles for a little added sparkle.

Here is a close-up view of the "Flower-Softed Fireworks", although they were a bit tricky to photograph...photographer error, perhaps?

Here is a front view of the finished easel card....pretty easy, huh? What I love about easel cards is that you can use your imagination and experiment with all sorts of die cut shapes and sizes. This particular easel card, when closed, is 6" x 6" long as you follow the formula shown here, you should be able to choose your envelope size and work backward to figure your card measurements. I hope you give it a will love it...and the recipient will be so impressed!!!

Thanks for hanging out with me today.....I had a blast and hope you did too! If you'd like to try some of the fun Ultrafine Flower Soft neon colors and Fireworks Card Toppers, head over to the ODBD store now! All Flower Soft colors are the Super Special Sale Item this week, 15% off until Saturday, May 14, at midnight EST. (Sale prices will be reflected in your shopping cart.) Once you give Flower Soft a try, you'll be hooked! Believe me, I know! If you'd like to learn more about how to use Flower Soft, please check out the main Flower Soft page at the ODBD will find several tutorial links there to help you out!

Have a very blessed week!!!!

Product Review/Tutorial Writer


Jean C said...

That is really cool! I love the fireworks and the card. Thank you for sharing.

Kelley said...

Ang, I look it looks so awesome!!!

Sara said...

thats a fabulous and different card! love it