Saturday, April 11, 2009

Blue Haired Lady... and a New Technique

Faux Fluffy Fun... better than frosting, softer than faux felt, and Grandma's got a brand new look!

A couple weeks ago I was experimenting with heat and stick powder to create what the tutorial described as "faux felt".  Not too happy with the results, I round-filed the project (you know, that round metal or plastic receptacle stored conveniently on the floor of your stampin' room aka garbage can).  No faux felt for me!!

While playing around, I also made a simple discovery... a much simpler technique which is perfect for hair, ferns, fur, or whatever fluff you want to add to your card.  Here's the card I made using this easy technique... scroll down and you'll see just how simple it is to do too!


The background of this card was stamped with the large flower image from the Very Versatile stamp set, with Pretty In Pink Classic Ink matching the Pretty in Pink Card Stock.

And now for the faux fluff tutorial..

First, cut one long bound edge off a 2" length of grosgrain ribbon (you can leave it attached to the spool like I did too)


Your ribbon will now look like this:


Next, pull the threads of the ribbon away from the (still-attached) bound edge of the ribbon:


The residual area still attached is great for a mane, or the edge of a rug in your projects.)

Next, snip small pieces from the threads... appx 1/8" or more wide, making a pile of 'fluff'.


You want to accumulate a large enough pile of fluff to cover our gal's hair... or whatever you're planning on covering.  The picture has a bit of chocolate glitter in it.. I took them after making the card and a few others (oops).


Last, use the fine tip of your adhesive (mine was tombow multi adhesive) and generously cover the image you'll be adding fluff to.  Pick up your fluff and drop it on top of the glue covered surface, gently patting down and filling areas as needed.  Use the tip of your paper snips to move and position the fluff if needed.

Here's a close up of her hair...


Isn't it fun?  She could probably use a visit to the hairdresser (but then again, can't we all?)  And guess what?  It's made with stuff you probably already own... liquid adhesive and grosgrain ribbon!!  


Stamps:  Golden Oldies ( item 113712 / set of 3 / $16.95), Very Versatile (113806 / set of 9 / $$25.95)

Card Stock:  Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Blush Blossom

Stampin' Write Marker:  Pretty in Pink, Yo Yo Yellow

Accessories:  Paper Snips, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Bashful Blue Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Pretty in Pink Striped Ribbon

Hope you enjoy this technique... see you tomorrow and have a happy, family filled and blessed Easter Sunday!





      Sharon Field

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Ret said...

FANTASTIC HAIR!!!! hehe you're always thinking aren't you!!! it's perfect!! so cute!!
Great card, Shar!!

Rose said...

That is a great idea! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kimberly Mc said...

Love this - I am SO going to use this technique for my MIL's mother's day card! It will make her laugh out loud, I'm sure!