Tuesday’s Tip #12

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share with you some ways of using brads in paper crafting projects. Brads are two pronged paper fasteners that have a colored or decorative top and come in practically all shapes and sizes, as well as a variety of colors. They can be used in any paper crafting project as they are functional as well as decorative ~ adding color, texture and interest. After punching or piercing a small hole in the paper, they are pushed through the paper and the two prongs {now on the back side} are spread apart which holds the brad in place.

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#1} Bookplate nails ~ use a brad on each side of a bookplate {a decorative frame that holds a label} to attach it to the cover of album or journal.

#2} Eyes for critters ~ use a very small size. If black or brown are not available, color them with a permanent black/brown marker, such as a sharpie or alcohol marker.

#3} Attach embellishments ~ most embellishments can be attached with a brad and the prongs stay hidden behind.

#4} Bullet points ~ brads used as bullet points would be great for lists or details on a scrapbook layout.

#5} Tag pull tabs ~ these work great for attaching a loop of ribbon as a pull tab to a tag.

#6} Flower centers ~ a coordinating brad makes the perfect flower center. Add a bit of glitter for extra sparkle.

#7} Hold down photos ~ attach photos to a scrapbook layout without the need for adhesives.

#8} Hangers ~ attach a loop of bakers twine or cord behind a square or rectangle of card stock with a stamped image or patterned paper image to look like a hanging framed print. Hang the loop over a small brad that imitates a nail. This would make a lovely focal point for a card, album/scrapbook layout page.

#9} Securing Vellum ~ as vellum is see through, brads can be a very handy way of adhering it to a project while adding some prettiness and not the worry of adhesive showing through.

#10} Add rub ons/stickers ~ liven up an otherwise plain looking brad by applying a decorative rub on or sticker that will coordinate with your project.

#11} Door handle ~ use a large brad to look like a door knob on the front cover of a mini album or journal.

#12} Embellishment ~ because there are so many styles of brads, any project can benefit from some of these added it. Everything from flowers and cupcakes to pumpkins and snowflakes. You can get just about image in brad form!

 

Hints:

*When piercing a hole in the paper, be sure to do it over a paper piercing mat or mouse pad. For larger brads, a 1/8″ hole punch may be necessary.

*A pack of assorted white or cream brads can be a very useful thing to have in your crafting supplies. Using permanent colored makers will result in any color you need.

*Sparkle can be added by applying a coat of liquid glue and then a dusting of fine glitter. Or spread a thin layer of Stickles. Glossy accents is perfect for adding some shine.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks tip. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

 

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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