Friday, 24 August 2007

Altered Brads

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Sometimes you create a project, and then, at the last minute, you realize that you just dont have the right [insert item here] to finish it off. This happened to me last night as I was finishing off a card for a workshop tonight. The hostess wanted to see reverse embossing (one of my favourite techniques) at her workshop so I designed the card above. It's really simple and features the Gold encore inkpad for the stars, the new Cranberry Stitched Grosgrain, the main reverse embossed image sponged with True Thyme ink, and a Brad in the punched half circle at the top. Problem was that I couldnt find a brad to match the Gold stars. I have the Vintage Brads, but those come in black, copper, silver and brass - but not gold. So I chose the colour I use the least (copper at the moment), dipped my copper brad into the gold ink pad, then embossed it with clear embossing powder - voila! A brad that perfectly matches my Gold Stars.
IMPORTANT NOTE! Just be careful if you are embossing brads - hold on to your brad with a pair of tweezers... you dont want to give yourself 3rd degree burns!
Have fun with this one guys. It's a great technique and gets a wow every time! If you would like to host a workshop using this technique just let me know... it is really popular for Christmas cards. You can email me at if you would like more information.


1 comment:

Pamela Godfrey said...

Beautiful Card Linda, you have just inspired me to try reverse embossing tonight. Was thinking of making a couple of cards.

Love Pam