Originally Posted by Smudgeroonie
Wow - where to start? Nothing gets thrown away in our house without someone saying "do you want this for your card-making?" - and usually I do!
I've made those scrumpled flowers before, but have used my Cuttlebug to cut scalloped circles from different papers - including magazine ones!
I love Card Candy - those little bags of card circles that look like brads without the legs - you can buy them in loads of scrumptious colours. Last time I was in the shop I was advised to buy white and colour them with my Copics - that way you can match them exactly to your card. Works brilliantly. Ok, each bag costs the same - but you don't need to buy so many different colours thus saving your pennies (or cents)!.
Instead of buying expensive brads have you tried making your own? Buy a bag of ordinary brass office brads. Holding the legs with tweezers, press them into a Versafine pad, then into embossing powder, and heat with a heat gun. Voila - super shiny coloured brads for a fraction of the cost.
Looking forward to reading loads more tips - great thread!
I make the FAKE brads using my very old office 1/4" hole punch, stack a few with glue and cover with Glossy accents. OR...take a 1/4" circle and circle your smallest stylist (or the handle end of a small paint brush, or a crochet hook) in it...it will make a teeny tiny cup for the center of your flowers, or turn it over and you have a one layer curved brad that you can use. It's great to match up your papers and use up the scraps!