Tuesday, November 3, 2009

TTTT # 18 - Faux Brads

Time for another Tips & Tricks (and Tutorials) Tuesday! I haven't done any of these in a while and I have a few ideas brewing in my brain again so here we go. Today I'll show you how I make faux brads. These ideas were gathered from combining a number of other resources I saw on the web. I really feel like I need to jot down every thing I see so I don't forget where I saw them.

I like faux brads because I always have the color/quantity I need and they do not add any bulk when mailing. I also seem to be able to get this into position a little better.

STEP 1 - Punch circles out of cardstock using your 1/4" circle punch. (Yes, I know there are 4 holes punched from the paper but only 3 on the table....one went flying and I couldn't find it! Ha!)

Step 2 - Color the left side of the circle in a coordinating Copic color. You may want it to be just a hair darker than your cardstock. The perfect shape that you are color is that of a crescent. In my pic below, the "brad" in the lower right is the best.

Next, I take a white Prismacolor pencil and color in a little curved line close to the right edge of the circle.

Here is a closeup of the "brad".

And here are some "brads" in use on a project.

(more details for this project can be found here)
Michelle B.


Lisa Foster said...

WOW! How cool is that!!!! Thanks Michelle! I am going to give this a try! I always get so frustrated when I don't have the right color of brad! This is the perfect solution!

Gorgeous card, BTW!!!

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)