Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Stampin' Up - Tuesday's Tool - Brads

Brads are such a great way to embellish your projects - from cards to scrapbooks to other paper crafts!


Those were some samples of brads in flowers, as basket hinges, as eyes, or as embellishments on a card! Some of these I made and some were shared by others or given to me in a swap. You can click on the picture for a larger image.

There are 5 main styles of brads in the current 2012-13 Annual Catalog. 
  1. 3/16" brads
    • 4mm head; 7.5mm shank
    • Available in Gold, Silver, Metallic, and the various color collections 
      • Gold and Silver brads have about 200 brads per container
      • Metallic brads: about 120 brads (30 each of 4 colors - Gold, Silver, Antique Brass, Pewter)
      • Color Collection brads: about 120 brads (20 each of 6 colors):
        • Brights - Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, and Tempting Turquoise
        • Neutrals - Basic Black, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White
        • Regals - Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green, More Mustard, and Night of Navy
        • Subtles - Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, and So Saffron

  2. Antique Brads
    • Look like vintage metal buttons
    • 20 brads per container (4 each of 5 designs)
    • Sized range 1/3" - 3/4" diameter

  3. Glimmer Brads
    • Includes 40 brads (8 each in 5 colors) 
      • Basics - Basic Black, Basic Gray, Champagne, Gold, and Silver
      • Brights - Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, and Tempting Turquoise
    • Approximately 3/8" in diameter

  4. Mini Brads
    • Cute, tiny size
    • 1/8" in diameter
    • Available only in silver
    • 200 brads per container

  5. Printed Designer Brads
    • 3/8" brads with printed polka-dot design
    • Assortment includes 2011-2013 In Colors: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder
    • 40 brads (8 each of 5 colors above)

Stampin' Up Tip!
Don't like the look of your 3/16" brad? You can easily change the color by heat embossing it! Just dip the head of the brad into a VersaMark Pad, dip it into Stampin' Emboss powder, and then - holding the brad with tweezers - heat it with the heat tool until the powder melts. Once it cools, you have a custom-colored brad!

How do you use the brad?
If you have never used a brad before you need to
  1. Determine where you want to place your brad(s)
  2. Using a 1/16" punch or the Paper-Piercing tool make a hole in your paper 
  3. Insert the legs of your brad through the hole
  4. Separate the legs of the brad to secure brad to your project.
If you use the Paper-Piercing tool (my favorite!) you may want to also use the Stampin' Pierce Mat to protect your work surface from the Paper-Piercing tool.

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