08 September, 2014

Studio Monday: Make Your Own Embellishments

 Again, back on schedule, I bring you Studio Monday!
 It's SUPER popular right now in papercrafting to make your own embellishments. I mean, everyone has the supplies on hand, mostly. All you need is a few punches, some scraps, maybe some enamel dots... heck, even I have an entire Pinterest board with ideas for hand made embellishments on it.

For my first foray these are my supplies: scraps of paper from a collection that I'd used up, several punches, and a few brads. Simple, right?
 Then it was just a matter of time and hand strength. I punched and punched, and punched some more! I found that the pink circle punch in the above photo was really too hard for me to work with, but it was the perfect size, so I ended up pulling out one of my Spellbinders dies and using that for the simple circle that highlights the two doily punches. It took a lot longer, working with the die, but it did feel better to be using my dies, eh? Don't we all need to use those things a lot more, considering how much they cost and how much space they take up! All I had to do was punch a pile of one circle, punch a pile of another, then the other, and when things were very, very tiny I punched a heart or butterfly until the scraps were all gone!
Here is a sample of the cards that I made with these embellishments. With a little bit of washi tape, some stamping (here a sentiment and a little "Peep" as these were given to pals from my message board), these "batch produced" embellishments can be the focal point of cards. If you're a frequent visitor you might know I'm somewhere in between the "fancy" cards and the "super simple" cards when I make them. These came out a little plain for me, so I'll have to play with them a bit, but the embellishments definitely make a good focal point.
And, though you've seen this layout posted before, you can see how I used these same punches and embellishments on my scrapbook page. I just omitted the plain circle for these ones since I wanted to keep with the few simple colours I had chosen for this layout. But you can see how they can be adapted to work on scrapbook pages as well as cards.

Have you tried making your own embellishments? Do you have your own Pinterest board for home made embellishments? Let me know, and *definitely* link me to your projects so I can check them out. I'd love more ideas and I certainly have enough scraps to use up around here. Have a great Monday!

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