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In today’s post a few ideas for how to colour your embellishments. Do you spend a fortune on embellishments and still struggle to match them to your projects? Are you on a tight budget and want to make a few embellishments do more? Read on to discover a few ways to use a small selection of store room basics transform embellishments to match your projects and catch the eye.

Colour Metal Embellishments; 

Brads, Eyelets, Paper clips & Staples

  • You will need to use alcohol or spirit based pens or paints to colour these. There are specialist markers sold for peel offs but any permanent pen will tend to be solvent/spirit based and therefore will colour metal.
  • Buy a small selection of shapes in brads in silver, office suppliers will sell paper clips and staples at a reasonable price. Silver is the best base colour to start with as it will not alter the colour you are adding on top ;)
  • Simply scribble the colour onto the embellishment and leave to dry.
  • If you want shiny brads and the ink left you with a mat surface, after the ink is TOTALLY dry dab the surface of the brad into Versamark ink and into clear embossing powder. Using tweezers to hold the brad, heat with a heat tool to melt the powder.

***You MUST use a tool to hold the brad as the heat from the gun would otherwise burn you. Please be careful if you do this, it is not a suitable technique for unsupervised children.***

 

Colour Paper Embellishments

Die cuts, Tags, Paper flowers etc

  • Paper embellishments are easy to colour using dye based ink.
  • If your project is likely to get a lot of handling or taken out into the elements use a pigment ink which less likely to ruin if it got damp.
  • I use the same techniques as shown in this video for backgrounds on paper embellishments to transform them from plain to a more decorative version.
  • Buy light coloured embellishments if you want to colour and stamp onto them.
  • More robust embellishments can also be embossed.

 

Colour Acetate Embellishments

  • You will need to use  alcohol or spirit based pens or paints to colour these. There are specialist markers sold for peel off’s but any permanent pen will tend to be solvent/spirit based and therefore will colour the acetate.
  • Perfect Pearls mixed with Glossy Accents dimensional glue, allow you to create a paint that will dry on acetate.

**Swipe over the acetate with anti static bag before you stamp, for a better result**

  • Use Stays on ink to stamp onto your acetate, make sure you have the printable acetate so you can heat set the ink.
  • Use printable acetate and you can use versamark ink and emboss stamped images on.
  • Versamark is also available in a pen, so you can draw free hand if you prefer, cover the ink with embossing powder and heat set.

 

Colour Chip board & Card

Blank chipboard die-cuts & card is often much cheaper than its pre-painted/covered alternative.

  • Pigment ink will work well on paper covered chip board
  • Acrylic paint works well, you can also use this to paint over patterned papers that you don’t like.
  • I use the same techniques as shown in this video for backgrounds on board embellishments to transform them from plain to a more decorative version. However I would use Pigment rather than dye based ink for board.
  • Buy light coloured embellishments if you want to colour and stamp onto them.
  • Use a mini mister with a mixture of perfect pearls and water to create a mica mist, spray over your finished piece for a pearlescent effect.
  • Cover your chipboard in versamark ink and dip into clear embossing powder for a glossy finish
  • For an even more dimensional tile, allow your ink to dry then cover it with versamark ink. Dip it into UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat set. Allow the tile to cool, then reapply a layer of ink and a second layer of powder. Repeat the process once more and this is known as triple embossing.
  • Triple emboss as mentioned above and while the final layer of powder is still molten gently press a stamp into the tile. Leave the stamp in place for a few moments to allow the enamel to cool, then remove the stamp. This leaves a textured image on the board. Highlight with perfect pearls

In these credit crunch times these are a few ideas that will make more basic embellishments into WOW embellishments. You can often find blank or plain embellishments in the sale baskets of stores. Just think how much you could ‘alter’ them to create the most fabulous embellishments with products you already have ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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