Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Rubberstamping 101: Suggestions for Using Eyelets and Brads

Here is a few ideas for using eyelets and brads....

1. connectors on paper piecing for moveable parts
2. attaching vellum
3. accents on journal blocks
4. to "hang" things from
5. center of flowers
6. center of letters
7. spell out words (outline letters)
8. corners of picture mat
9. eyes of paper dolls
10. nails in a fence
11. earrings for a paper doll
12. belly button jewel for a paper doll
13. "stone" in a ring
14. buttons on a snowman
15. decoration on a child's ball
16. stepping stones on a garden layout
17. attach a fibre to a brad to make a yo-yo
18. attach elements on a page by wrapping wire or fibre
19. to form "bullets" for a list of things
20. as an accent on the tail of a letter
21. in the hole of a tag
22. white - as stars on a black or navy blue sky
23. white - as dropping snowflakes
24. light blue - as falling raindrops
25. orange - as pumpkins
26. white - as moonbeams
27. jeweled belt on a paper doll
28. brown - as chocolate chips on a cookie
29. toppings on a pizza
30. M & Ms
31. buttons on a shirt or dress
32. decorations on an Easter egg
33. decorations on a Christmas tree
34. purple - grapes in a cornucopia
35. lights on top of a police car or fire truck
36. center of a pinwheel
37. center of tires
38. tires on a toy car
39. end of antenna on a bug
40. center of fiber spider web
41. hair ornament on a girl paper doll
42. the "dot" on an i or j
43. attach handle to a basket
44. to attach fibers lacing something together
45. attach a sign to a post
46. rocks
47. center of propeller on an airplane
48. on serendipity squares
49. sesame seeds on a bun
50. jeweled skirt on a paper doll.
51. use as a spider and paint a face on it with the legs behind it or use wire for it's legs
52. dots on a ladybug
53. as fillers
54. use as nails on wood (like haunted house windows)
55. Christmas Bulbs on a tree paper piecing
56. eyes on a frog
57. use to embellish the corner of tags
58. borders or titles
59. Attach fabric, twistel or lace to paper
60. use star brads to replicate a night sky
61. ends of a hammock (saw that on a layout at the lss using Brad-Dazzled brads)
62. use on butterfly wings
63. oval nailheads as Easter Eggs
64. shoe buckle
65. dots on a clown suit doll or paper piecing
66. sprinkles on an ice cream cone
67. sprinkles on a cupcake
68. use seashell nailheads on paper torn sand paper to create a beach look
69. You can emboss them and they look very pretty!!
70. Cut card stock or very subtly patterned paper into 1/4 inch strips (the paper shredder is ideal for this) Then assemble making stick letters. Where the papers intersect add an eyelet or brad to hold the letter together. This would be a great handyman layout, looking like construction.
71. Cut or punch tiny circles or squares, and set with an snap or brad. This will make a great string tie envelope if you place one on the outer flap on the right side, and one on the envelope back to match up with the front one. Then the envelope can be folded down and add a length of string from one snap or brad to the other, and wind the string between the two.
72. Black eyelets make wonderful spots on ladybug wings. Red eyelets make great chicken pox!
73. Use eyelets or snaps for body parts for small insects, and use your Zig writer to give them arms, legs, and smiles.
74. Mat your photo on cardstock, and trim the edges so that one is wider than the rest, by about 1/4-1/2 inch. Set a straight row of brads, eyelets, snaps, rivets, etc. to the one wide side.
75. Cut holly leaves, enough for a border. Then arrange them on the layout, but use red mini buttons or brads instead of the die cut berries
76. Use eyelets to layer paper it will give a contemporary look to your projects, and offer clean lines.
77. Use eyelets to adhere photographs to memory pages.
78. With all of the different colors available you can find complementary eyelets for your scrapbook!
79. Use eyelets to secure punched-out images. This technique is very fun.
80. Take a flower punch (or stamp a flower and cut out).
81. Adhere the flower to a piece of cardstock using an eyelet as the center of the flower!
82. Use a different color eyelet than the cardstock and your flower will really "punch".
83. Use eyelets as eyes or polka dots in a dress.
84. Anything where you would have a circle, use an eyelet.
85. Use eyelets as a way to bind mini books.

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