Use It Tuesday - Brads

So... how many brads do you have in your embellishment stash? Tons, right? Well, let's get to using them!
Idea One: Mix them up and underscore a simple image or sentiment.
I really like this because it doesn't matter if the brads match; great way to use up those random brads left over from previous projects.

Idea Two: Monogram Letter
Create a monogram initial for someone's name or to replace a word.
To create your letter, draw or print the letter you need on the back of your paper. Pierce holes for easy insertion of brads. Remember to draw/print your letter as a mirror image so that it will be correct on the front. 

Idea Three: Create a swirl or trail
This is perfect for using up a large number of brads!
To create a swirl or trail - draw, print or stamp your swirl on the back of your paper. Our stamp set Flight of the Butterfly includes a couple of sentiments that are written as if they were the flight path of the butterfly. I stamped one onto the back of the paper then used a Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack to pierce the holes for the brads. 
Once the brads were inserted (from the front), I used the end of my Paper Piercing Tool to open and set the brads. (The legs of the brads are sharp - use a tool or beware of poking your fingers!)

So there you have 3 ideas for using brads. I hope you are inspired to use up some of the neglected goodies in your stash! Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Thank You Kindly, Beary Best Friends, Beary Nice Wishes, Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Night of Navy, Stazon Black, Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum
Paper: Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink
Tools and Embellishments: Soft Subtles brads (ret), Earth Elements brads (ret), Flower Brads Subtles, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Big Shot, Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die, Texture plate (fiskars)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Paper Cutter (104152), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642) Need supplies? Click to SHOP NOW Thank you!


  1. What great ideas for using brads!! I love how clean and elegant the top card is! So clever on how to make the butterfly's trail, too!

  2. I love brads! Love the butterfly trail!

  3. You are so smart! I love these ideas!~

  4. I love each of these suggestions!! That first one would be perfect as a set for a hostess gift! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Awesome!!! Great group of cards!

  6. Love the way you did the butterfly trail, great tip!


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