Making the Most of Metal

by Sara Naumann

Metal embellishments are hotfor scrapbookers, card makers and paper crafters, metal is the medium of choice! This month, Susan and LeNae use the newest metal embellishments on a card and layout, and share their tips and techniques. Take a look!


Remember the Rule of Uneven Numbers? Keep this design element in mind when working with large metal embellishments. Here, designer Susan Cobb created a simple, effective border by aligning three Brad Buddies along the right side of her card. Spring Brad Buddies and Cardmakers Earths Palette Creative Pack used here.

Susans tip for attaching a Brad Buddy: I just place the metal shapethe flower, bloom or butterflyonto my paper and use a pen to mark dots through the brad holes. Then I remove the metal shape and use an X-acto knife to make small hole at each dot. That makes it so much easier to insert the brads!


Designer LeNae Gerig applies the Rule of Uneven Numbers to this sweet page, creating a border with a twist! Notice the woof and worlds best dog Brad Buddies accent the Definitions Ephemera on the border, while the puppy face embellishment is on top of the photo. LeNae chose the Dog Brad Buddies and Flea Market Fabrics sarapapers . Her gingham brad, mini brads and ribbon are from Flea Market Fabrics Embellis-abilities.

LeNaes tip for enhancing a Brad Buddy: I wanted the debossed words on worlds best dog to stand out, so I used a fine-tip Sharpie marker. Its a quick and easy metal altering technique, and I love the result!

Bonus Design: Bon Voyage Card

LeNae framed her Definitions Card Quote focal point with two embellishments from the Travel Brad Buddies pack. She started with the Cardmakers Earths Palette Creative Pack and added matching Earths Palette Ribbons.

LeNaes tip for altering a Brad Buddy: I altered the luggage tag and compass embellishments by sanding them lightly to highlight the raised areas. Simply swipe the Brad Buddy with a fine-grade sandpaper, then sand the brad that will attach it. Start with a light touchyou can always go back and sand off some more paint.

Love the Brad Buddies? Then be sure to check out the complete line! Want more ideasand tips for classes? Then be sure to check out the latest techniques in our Brad Buddies Weekly Webisode.