Flock Fest

My local Hobby Lobby is having a sale on flocking powder. This is a good thing, unless, of course, you don’t have the ability to exercise willpower and you go hog wild stocking up on every color imaginable.

Ahem, me, cough, cough.

The bad news is I spent a bit more (okay, way more) than I had planned on flocking powder. The good news is that I will be able to texturize just about anything my little heart desires when designing scrapbook layouts.

Fortunately, there are a myriad of ways flocking powder can be used when scrapbooking or creating getting cards. The colored fiber medium is easy to apply. All you need is a little glue and some patience during the application process.

Some scrappers shy away from using the powder because they think it is a messy proposition. This is not the case if you plan in advance. For example, I simply place a sheet of paper or cloth under my work area prior to applying flocking powder to embellishments. Doing so allows me to pour excess flocking powder back into the jar without creating a huge mess.

When working with flocking powder it’s important add more than one layer if you want to thoroughly cover your entire embellishment. Flocking powder is naturally opaque, so you will need to apply multiple layers to achieve your desired texture. Just remember to let the glue on the first layer dry completely before adding a second coat of flocking powder. You can speed up the drying process if you heat the underside of the paper or embellishment you are flocking. “Underside” being the operative word here. You never want to attempt to dry flocking powder from the top as the hot air will blow the powder off the item and all your hard work will be wasted.

Finally, if you don’t have the time or the resources to add multiple layers of flocking powder to your design, then coat it with colored ink that matches the powder. This way you can hide any gaps in the glue and create a more uniform look.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.