Sunday, October 18, 2009

Make Your Own colored fluff for flowers and snow

edited to add - the colored fluff for flowers and snow is a make your own product that is similar to something you buy that sounds like Power Loft, but starts with an F and an S. I have edited this blog post and my videos for the last time trying to make this company happy.

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I hope you had a great day yesterday. I certainly did! The weather here was perfect! We had blue skies



with just enough clouds to cover the sun now and then so it didn't get too warm



I spent a lot of time outside with Riley. she was really loving being outside and I snapped some pictures of her. This one is especially cute because I put a dandelion behind her ear and she left it there!



Well, I've got some fun stuff to show you today! First of all let me show you my card




(click to enlarge)

I used the new image from Crissy Armstrong called Christmas With Oswalda I colored it with copic markers and then added some faux flower soft on the ground and the ball and brim of her hat.

You know the other day I said that I thought you could probably make your own polar white flower soft by grating styrofoam? Well, I decided to give it a try. It worked great! Click on any picture for a close up.

I bought some of these styrofoam balls at the dollar store



Then I simpley rubbed them together and let it grate itself! Here is a comparison of the styrofoam and the polar white flower soft



Then I wanted to try my hand at coloring it. I used some re-inkers and just laid some drops around a pile of styrofoam and then mixed it together with a pencil. It worked great!






I made a video showing you how I did it. It's quick, easy, fun, and a real money saver! Plus if you only need a little of a particular color you can make as much as need! Here's the video. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for looking!

EDITED TO ADD- The original video had to be edited and here is the revised video


87 comments:

pinky said...

Great little image, just love y our card. The snow is excellent will definitely be making some of that. thanks for the tutorial.
Pinky

Jeanne said...

You are brilliant! I'm excited to try this for myself. Thank you SO much for sharing! *Ü*

Anonymous said...

This is way to cool as i was reading i thought about coloring it then wa la you did it. Thanks for the tip im off to try now.
Diana

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

you are one creative genius!

and one super lady!

luv u bunches!

Craftyanny said...

wow, now that is clever, thanks for the tut
hugs
Anne x

msfreida said...

I am SOOO anxious to try this! Holly you DEFINITELY ARE the smartest crayon on the box! Teehee! :) And Ms Oswalda sure looks spiffy with her gifts and in her warm hat! I LOVE THIS IMAGE! The color you chose goes so well with the DP! This card is FABULOUS! Look at that Holly Soft!!! You go , GF!

And Ms Riley looks spiffy too! Can't leave her out! Check out that flower! :)


Hugs~

Carole RB said...

Hi Holly

You are a genius! Thanks so much for sharing this and your tutorial. Here a flower soft jar cost $7.95 plus 13% tax and they don't carry all colors!

You make my day!

Jenny said...

Holly, this is just too cool! Very clever!
Jenny

Debby said...

Again with the cleverness! Dang why did I buy that flower soft ;-) I was lazy and couldn't wait. Love your card. I love this image!

Debby said...

Riley looks adorable btw!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Well aren't you the clever little lady?!! Love your flower soft idea!! Your card is sooo gorgeous too!! Love the colors and that image!! Too sweet!! :)

Looks like you had a REALLY super day outside...it's been so cold over here!!

Leslie said...

Thanks for the great idea! I can't wait to make my own.

mE said...

This is FABULOUS!!!

My friend, Jeanne, (2nd commenter here) shared this with me. I am going to have to point my blog readers in your direction. INGENIOUS!

Thank you for sharing this with us!

Inky Smiles!
Erin

Cheryl said...

gorgoues card hun so beautiful and one great video tutorial too fab idea hugs cheryl xxxx

Diane said...

Very, very clever.....and I just gave a HUGE bin of styro balls to the Goodwill...but kept a few...geez I could of supplied everybody for months! Cute~cute card, too~~~

Dragonlady said...

Hi Holly,

Beautiful card and thanks for the faux flower soft tip - ingenious.

Ali x

Merry said...

Thanks for showing this tut on making your own flower soft. Clever.

Sarah said...

Brilliant!!!! Thanks SO much for sharing this idea. I have been wanting some flower soft but had put off buying it in an attempt to save money!!!
Beautiful cards too..fun image.

Linda L said...

This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing.
Riley is adorable!

Jeri said...

Holly-I never heard of Flower Soft until yesterday--I don't get out much. I used this technique years ago on a project. If only I had bottled it then. LOL!!! Your video was great and I used your "Holly soft" on the Sledding Sara image. I posted it on SNR.

Christine said...

This is amazing! I've put flower soft in my cart several times while online shopping but just couldn't justify the price. Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial!!! You've saved me soooo much money!!! And just in time for all those Christmas cards!

Blessings,
Christine

Norine said...

all I can say is WOW how creative love it and will be trying this for sure thanks so much for the idea and the video
Hugs
Norine

Maria Matter said...

I'll say it again...you're a genius!
I can't wait to do this!!!
Blessings, Maria

oh, I love your card, too cute!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

You are too brilliant for words. Genius for sure! Thank You so much for sharing this. :o)

Michelle said...

That's awesome! I'm pretty sure craft stores will now be running short on styrofoam balls! Can't wait to try this!

Kim said...

Love your pictures! Your dog is so cute!!!!
LOVE your card! I can't wait to get to the city for some styrofoam balls to make my own flower soft!!

Tethered2Home said...

Saw a link to the you tube video at Paper Craft Planet. This is such a clever idea, wtg. Will have to try this.
Thanks again,
Amy.

berg4 said...

Great idea - fabulous tutorial. TFS!

Chris (catt871) said...

YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOO CLEVER!!!!!!!! LOVE your thrifty idea!!!! Thanks for the video - awesome job!!! (love your accent too...LOL)

Pam in Ar. said...

Holly...you are just too creative! Thanks for the video..I will try this idea for sure. The card had so many different things going on...the glitter on the blue board, the "fake flower soft" lol...love the ribbon too. You went above and beyond today =)

beverley said...

Hey great idea, but here in the UK we are trying to work out what a styrofoam ball is, as we are dying to try this. We know its not polystrene as this is way to tough any links to where we might be able to source this then we know what we might be looking for in the UK. Pretty please!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea. Thanks for the tip!
Nancy

Nora said...

You are a wild woman! Can't tell you how much I love this idea, GF!

I've got some HugSisters that are RAVING about your clever idea. They were watching you on PaperCraftPlanet, but the link has pooped out or been overloaded, so now I'm directing them all HERE, so they can see you in all your humorous glory! *LOL*

{MWAH!}

Ila said...

I love your card!!..the image is the cutest and your coloring is fabulous!!..Thanks for the tip and tutorial about making flower soft...Looks Wonderful!!..Hugs, Ila

Wijzeuil said...

This is a great tip! Here in Holland we can buy bags of fake snow, its almost the same as flowersoft and only needs a re-inker to give it color. It is already grated.

Rachel said...

OMGoodness what an adorable card!!! i really need to sit down and watch your video, your faux flowersoft looks great!!
hugs,
Rachel

Lori said...

Thank you so so much for the great tip! You are awesome : D

Shelly Schmidt said...

This is so cool- I love this idea and am going to try this today! TFS

Betty said...

BRILLIANT!! I knew there had to be something to make a faux version but I hadn't thought of that. I thought about the stuff they use for model railroading type stuff but couldn't find it. THis is perfect and readily available. Thanks so much.

Ms.Barber said...

this is so awesome.......thanks for sharing the video.....I just have one question...what kind of ink was used...I am at work and don't have sound?

MrsL said...

genius!!!!!!!!!

Lake Side Living said...

Clever Girl!!!! Thank You for showing us how. :)

vdutchr said...

HOW CREATIVE OF YOU! Thanks you so much for sharing this WONDERFUL idea!!

Selma said...

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing this info. I use so much Flower Soft and will have fun making it in colors I want.

craftieodamae said...

This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing

Chris said...

This is too cool! I've been wanting to try flower soft but didn't have it in me to spend the money...but foam balls I DO have! Thanks for sharing this!

Sheila Bennett said...

Great idea! I've never used that product myself, but have seen it used on cards and thought it looked nice. Now I need to search my house (or the local Dollar Store) for some styrofoam. :)

ccriscat said...

In the current Stamp n Scrap magazine under inklings a woman made her own flower soft with a grater and sponges from the dollar store.

Kat said...

Your ingenuity & creativity never cease to amaze me, Holly!

Bonnie said...

Love your idea regarding the flower soft. Will be giving this a test in the near future. Like the idea of it being cheaper than buying Flower soft. My girlfriend and I have always bought flower soft and split it up between us. Trying to save some money in the process. Thank you again.

Jamie Lane said...

This is amazing, thanks sooo much for sharing. I have posted about this on the Practical Scrappers message board, linking them back to you for the details!

http://practicalscrappers.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=scrapping&thread=199

Thanks again!

donna mikasa said...

Oh, my word! That is amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial....

Your Mom! said...

CAUTION! This is indeed a great use for styrofoam, but keep in mind that styrofoam is a petroleum product and is HIGHLY flammable; not only that, but if it is melted or burned it gives off toxic chemicals. So just be sure that if you are going to emboss anything on your project and use the homemade shavings on it that you do so BEFORE you put the styrofoam on. It is also hazardous to use any product that contains acetone with styrofoam - cause it can cause the styrofoam to melt (an example would be aerosol spray paints).
Not trying to be a debbie downer, cause I think it's a great use for a non-recyclable item. Just wanted to make sure that everyone is safe!

PS- for the UK readers: styrofoam is a brand name (Dow Chemical's) for polystyrene, so maybe you can track it down that way!

Haley D. said...

Thanks for an awesome tip!

marilynprestonn said...

Cool, I tried it and will use it on a card this week-end. This is so much fun! I want to try colouring it with food colouring and watercolouring also. Will let you know how that goes

Kindly, Peggy

Sandy B said...

Or colored tan for beach sand...this idea rocks!

LorraineB said...

Well ladies I tried doing this a little while ago and had a great time creating colors!! I don't have many reinkers so I used my alcohol inks and distress inks and the colors are really pretty. I also used a cheese grater to shave the foam. Got tired of rubbing the foam balls together. It worked well. It's very addicting!! Can't seem to stop making colors - lol. THANKS!!

Bon said...

Well done, and I do have flowersoft but now prefer to use Homemade Fluff. The end result is better and i do like the idea of making my own colours. Using this with stampin up! card, paper and reinkers make a perfect match. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Paulette, Melissa and Kaitlyn said...

Question for you. How do you get it fine enough? I tried this, and keep getting chunks off. Has anyone tried to grate it by food processer?

LorraineB said...

At first I thought mine was TOO fine but it wasn't. Rubbing the two foam balls together seemed to shred it fine enough as well as using the cheese grater. I did find a few larger pieces but not enough to consider it a problem.

Dawn B. said...

I am cracking up here.. I was at a craft store here in NC. The owner was trying to sell us FS. She said that if we knew what it was made of we would not believe it. This is a terrific tutorial. Thank you so much for taking the time to do it and for sharing.

MariLynn said...

Your tutorial was awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. I had been wanting some FS but I don't have the money to get any. Dollar store here I come.

KAT said...

I am IMPRESSED - looks just like the real stuff BUT cheap, cheap, cheap... Wonder how your brain thinks to set you in the direction of the Styrofoam balls. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea and video!!!

Joy-N-Jesus said...

THAT IS AMAZING! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! I HAVE TO GET TO A DOLLAR STORE! :)

Cindy Cade said...

Great job! I used to think up budget tips like this. But it seems I just don't get the time to play like I used to.
I made a ton of colors today and it looks awesome. I look forward to using it. The Ranger sprays work great, adding mists of water to your reinker drops helps it blend quickly, mixing in little baggies worked fabulously. I even made some with gold reinker. I know that it will be part pigment so will have to see if I can get it apart once dry. It is drying on a non-stick surface. How handy it will be for the holidays if it works!
Thanks for sharing and may you always get the credit you deserve.
Creatively...

Nichole said...

I was hoping being too cheap to pay for the FS would benefit me in the end! How great is this! I can't wait to try it!! (squeal) TFS!!

Ozcat said...

I wish I had seen this before I ordered some Polar White, it's costing me $13.50 here in South Australia. GOing straight out to Cheap as Chips for some styrofoam. Thanks for a great idea.

onlycarol1 said...

Thank you so much for this tip! I love playing with Flower Soft, but it is not readily available. I'm psyched! Thanks, again! Carol (waving from Boston)

GrandmaD said...

thanks for sharing this with us. I will give it a try very soon. Thanks the video was a great help.

Michelle said...

thank you for this amazing tutorial!!!! i've gotta go buy some styrofoam at the dollar store - yeah!!!! really appreciate your sharing this technique!!!!

Stamp Muse said...

Thank you for sharing your clever and creative idea! Who would have thought you could dye styrofoam with reinkers?!!! You have certainly driven the sales of styrofoam up by now!

Gabby319 said...

Holly,

Thanks for a cool idea and helping us to save money. The only question/concern I have would be if you wanted to use it on a scrapbook page, is the styrofoam from dollar stores/craft stores acid free? I noticed that the REAL stuff is touted as being acid free. I realize that for making cards it would not really matter one way or the other, but if you wanted to use for scrapbook pages it would matter (unless, of course, you are one of those people that are not concerned about things being acid free.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing a great tip, and money saver. I can't wait to make some and use it. Blessings to you, Rea

LorraineB said...

Anonymous - you will be surprised at how addicting making the "fluff" is! Have fun. I found this blog quite a while ago and have a supply of fluff in lots of colors.

Shirley said...

Just wanted to thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I love it and it's easy peasy. You can make a ton of with little or no effort and in all the colors of the rainbow.

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

that is impressive!!! wow! go girl!

Scrapsbygracie said...

I just discovered your blog and this idea in awesome. I have not bought the flocking material you are imitating due to the cost. So I can't wait to go to the dollar store tomorrow and pick up styrofoam balls.
You rock!

Florist said...

wow this is awesome.

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Just found your tutorial...wish I had found it a month ago before I finally bought the flower soft...but better late than never and I can now do other colors I need. Sorry about dealing with the company. Another friend did a tutorial and they called her too. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this tips

Sheree said...

Fantastic!! I'm definitly going to give this a try!! I am now wondering how it will look with my Stampscape stamps too! What a smart Chickee you are :o)

Linda W. said...

I just now found this tut, Holly - sorry I missed it til now. But never too late - this is just an awesome idea - I can't believe how inexpensive and easy! I have a lot of reinkers and can also use the ink from my stamp pads by pressing down on the cover! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Nice and thanks!

Anonymous said...

Really good post!

Anonymous said...

This is a good blog. Keep up all the work. I too love blogging and expressing my opinions. Thanks

Rush'd Lady said...

Love the idea! And I have the stryfoam balls at home!

Suzy Christodoulo said...

Hi! Just saw your blog, busy watching video. Was thinking about ways to make it. Actually bought the real deal, but in ivory colour and thought I wld try and colour it, and it worked. Thing is, once it's finished I will use your method for sure. It's awesome. Thanks for the tip. Genius...