Wednesday, January 17, 2007

You Have to Try This!

This is the tutorial that I promised you on a previous post. I just discovered this technique, and when I tried it, I couldn't believe that I was paying so much more for the Bazzill Wings brads from the LSS (local scrapbook store)! At first it may cost more, but you'll definitely save money in the long run, if you invest in these valuable items that can be used for so many other purposes.

You'll need a heat gun, silver metal brads, long-handled tweezers (found in the SU! tool kit), and colored embossing powder (EP). I'm using Detail White EP, because Stampin' Up! doesn't offer white brads. I also use the Powder Pal for easier clean-up (especially for larger embossing projects), but they're not necessary. See the first picture.

Wait till you see how easy this is...
1. First, place the brad that you want to "alter" in the long-handled tweezers. Make sure you keep your fingers far away from the heat! (There's a reason it's called a heat gun!) It should take about 20 seconds for the brad top to get real "good and hot". See the second picture.

2. Second, place the piping hot brad top directly into the embossing powder. The powder sticks to the brad, and will begin to melt. I have had it either melt completely or partially, and in that case, I just hit it with the heat gun again for a second (like literally), and it comes out perfectly every time. See the third and fourth picture.

3. Lastly, just set it aside for a moment to cool and harden. It will look like a perfect LSS white brad!

I hope that this was helpful, and that you all will try out this technique. Leave a comment when you do to let me know how syched up you are about this!

Happy Stamping!


  1. This is fabulous! I love what you have done!

  2. Okay, I know this is an old post, but I just stumbled across it. I am so excited. Just one question is embossing powder different than embossing tinsel? Or are they essentially the same thing?


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