Friday, July 19, 2013

DIY Embellishment week with Scrap Your Story

Thanks for stopping by on the Scrap Your Story blog hop! I'm so excited to be part of our first hop - haven't all the projects been fab?! There's some serious talent around here!

 This week instead of bringing you one technique and interpreting it several ways, we're bringing several techniques and showing you how to do it yourself. I love me some DIY embellishments, you probably do too!

I've put together some photos of how to change the color of your brads using embossing powder. I have to say when I needed this technique I found two ways to do it - one where you just heat the brad crazy hot, add the powder and then heat again. It didn't work for me, might work for you. Instead, here's what I found worked:

Start by gathering your supplies - brads, pigment ink, embossing powder, heat gun, and something sort of long that can hold the brad so you don't burn your piggies. (I could have used tweezers or pliers, but those are on the other side of my apartment so I used a petal roller and it worked fine. Lazy, I know. )

Use your tweezers to hold the brad. Or petal roller. ;)
Ink that little brad up! I used black pigment ink so it'd be more obvious in the photos but any color works. (Personal recommendation, I'm always for using up your stash and since the ink is gonna get covered up, maybe grab some ink that you rarely use because the color really isn't your thing.)

Dip the inked brad into embossing powder. Uncoordinated, I know, but I couldn't quite get the coverage I wanted by dipping into the jar so I poured some out into this old photo box lid that I use for messy projects.

Nicely covered, you'll notice I should have wiped the ink off the petal roller before using the embossing powder. 

Heat that baby up! Sorry, no photos of that in process, again coordination is not my thing. Make sure you keep going until it's smooth and glossy, sort of like a candy coating. Seriously, looks good enough to eat! 

Now here's the layout I used these ones on. Honestly, the gold brads would have looked decent, but I just love how the teal coordinates with the Carta Bella Beautiful Moments papers. 

And a close-up of the brad. 

I have so many brads that just plain don't match anything - I know what I'm going to start doing with some of them! This was so quick and easy, I think it took me about 10 minutes to do all four of these, plus two others that I didn't end up needing. And that was with taking pictures and trying to keep little boys out of my lighting!

Now go check out all the inspiration from the other Scrap Your Story designers!

I'm linking this up to the Scrappy Friends Challenge:
Brenda: sketch challenge 
Rochelle: inspired by challenge (Celine Dion's song "Make Me Happy" slightly modified to "Because it makes me happy")
Kristi B - clock/calendar (calendar tucked behind the title card)

American Crafts Zing! Teal embossing powder, gold brads
Colorbox black pigment ink
Carta Bella Beautiful Moments
Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
Ranger Distress Ink Worn Lipstick
Glitz Design calendar stamp
Silhouette Cameo/doily file
Sewing machine, black thread


  1. This is such a cool technique! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I've inked brads before to alter, but not embossed. So wonderful. Definitely some inking and embossing of brads in my future. I've a stash of metal brads just calling to be used. Great layout too!

  3. Great idea, never thought of this before today. I have many brads that need a color change. TFS!

  4. Very nice layout and great job with the GCC sketch as well as the other two Scrappy Friends Challenges! Thank you for playing along this month!


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