Tips & Techniques
Super Sized Brads
by Sara Naumann
Theyre big, theyre boldand theyre so much fun on scrapbook pages, cards and other paper crafts!
Super sized elements are a fresh new look in paper crafting: Scrapbookers, card makers and paper crafters are snapping up oversized embellishments for statement-making projects.
About Super Sized Brads
Love the look of oversized embellishments? Then check out our fun Super Sized Brads: 44mm to 47mm-tall shaped brads, which you can use as a card focal, a scrapbook page border or on a gift tag, Saras Surface and so much more.
Each package has three Super Sized Brads. One has a solid surface so you can use it as is, or stamp on it or apply rub-ons. (If you stamp or write on it, use ink designed for a non-porous surface, like a StazOn ink pad or Slick Writer pen.) The other two Super Sized Brads are outlines, so you can fill the centers with patterned paper or use them to frame a photo. Better yet, each package is just $2.99 retail per pack.
This sweet page uses flower-shaped Super Sized Brads as an accent on the border on the upper right corner, and to replace the os in XOXO. The brads on the border have been embellished with patterned paper centerssimply punch a 1/4" circle from a patterned paper and glue to the top of the brad with glue stick.
The o flowers are outline brads, so you can attach the flower brad to patterned paper and use a small pair of scissors to trim around the outside edge and create a dimensional effect. (Tip: Cut excess paper just inside the shape of the brad so there isnt any sticking outside the lines.)
Paper from Pastel Use Em for Anything papers. Also used: Pastel Monograms, Pastel Brad Set, Yellow Flower Super Sized Brads and White Flower Super Sized Brads.
For Card Making
This cute card combines heart-shaped Super Sized Brads with classic black and gray background paper and pink, black and white accents for a gorgeous design. Simply center black and gray paper on the front of the card, add a felt heart border and embellish with a layered silk flower.
The Super Sized Brads are the focal of the card; the center of the outline brad features a small white arrow brad, while the solid pink heart is attached as is. Tip: Avoid the brad legs showing to the inside of the card front by assembling the brads on the black and gray paper before attaching the paper to the card front.
Paper from Cardmakers Classic Creative Pack. Also used: Classic Creative Kit, Pink Hearts Super Sized Brads.
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