This Sundays post about heat embossing brads is actually a video tutorial! I’m still learning to do the video’s and need a lot of practice. It took me forever to figure out how to rotate this video on heat embossing! Therefore, I was not able to post yesterday – sorry, still learning! The plus side to that is I realized while trying to get my video rotated that heat embossing is not the only way to change the color of brads. There is another way to change the color!! Two separate techniques that work equally well! So, I also did a second very short video to show you that technique. Consequently, you can decide which you like best or which one works best for what project.
My “Making Sunday Simple” project this week is a tutorial on how to change the color of brads, by heat embossing, so that they coordinate with your project, and it is very easy to do! I love to add brads on my cards for embellishment but I don’t always have the right color. I keep gold, silver, black, copper, and bronze on hand, but sometimes I want a brad that is the color of my cardstock.
How can you “change” the color of brads you ask? Well let me show you! The first video shows how to heat emboss your brads to change their color. What I love with this technique is that you can also give your brads a little sparkle or texture depending on the type of embossing powder that you use. Watch the video below to learn how to do this technique.
Don’t you love that technique! It is so easy and colored brads can add so much to your card creations. Easy peazy! Now on to the second technique. I watched a video several weeks ago on using Stampin’ Up! Blends to color staples. The video was by Lisa Curcio! I got to thinking while trying to rotate the above video: “Hmm, if you can color staples with Stampin’ Up! Blends and they are metal, it only stands to reason that you should also be able to color brads, which are metal?” So while I was waiting for my rotated video to download onto Youtube I tried it – and it worked great! The ink dried quickly on the brad and I even tried to wipe it off with a baby wipe and it wouldn’t come off. You can see this technique in the video below.
I love having both options! If you don’t have the right color of embossing powder you might have the right color of Stampin’ Up! Blend or the other way around. If you like texture you can use textured embossing powder. I love how quick and easy using the Blends was. Both techniques have their good points – you just have to decide which is best for your project.
A couple of things I want to clarify: If you are using Blends the color shows up best on the silver brads. It worked on the darker colors but did not show up well. The other thing is that, no, the Stampin’ Write Markers do not work at all!
I hope you enjoyed this episode (I can say that since I did a video) of “Making Sunday Simple” Let me know what you think about these techniques. I would love to see some pictures of projects that you have use colored brads in!!
Be Blessed, Mary Ann
Here’s another example of using colored brads on the flowers in the milk can! You can check out the tutorial for the “Friends Sampler” in my free Resource Library below!