It’s time for a new challenge at RRBC this week. RRBC embellishment #12 involves using brads. They are so much fun because they can be used in so many roles. As I went through my collection of older stamps, I came across “Sense of Time” stamp set. It was introduced in the 2009 mini Occasions catalog. I love the sentiments in this stamp set and have used both in this card.
When this stamp set was first introduced, I used it several times with a cracked glass technique. It involved taking the clock image and embossing with clear emboss powder many times. After the image cools, it can be gently folded to obtain cracks giving an overall vintage effect. Since I had already done this technique, I decided against doing so again. Why bring it up? You may like to try this if you have not done so in the past. This is a perfect stamp set for that technique! Splitcoaststampers has a tutorial that you can view here.
Since brads are the focus of this challenge, I used one very old brad for the center of the clock and several copper brads for the card outside as well as the inside. Copper brads were a great substitute for Crisp Cantaloupe coloration on the card front. Besides using Baked Brown Sugar cardstock and ink, Bermuda Bay was used for the contrast color. Typeset DSP newsprint was included on the card front, in addition to the envelope liner. The copper brads for the card front also provided a functional role… it helped keep the burlap ribbon in place. As for the card inside, the copper brads are only embellishments.
Using brads in your creative design does require a little forethought! With the underneath “legs” of the brad, you do want to make sure that they are covered within your paper layers. One of the reasons that Stampin’ Up! candy dots became so popular from the very beginning is that they provide the same appeal as brads but you do not need to disguise the “legs”… very much a last minute embellishment!
Although I did not use it for this card, my most favorite brads are Stampin’ Up!’s antique brads, page 209 of the annual catalog. They are absolutely awesome! The candy dots that I mentioned are on the preceding page. You can even make candy dots a brad by including the Candy Dots Brad Bases!
This card gives you some old and some new… the best of both worlds! Won’t you go take a look at what the retro designers have in store for you? You can see them by clicking here. We would love for you to play along with us this challenge! Since it lasts almost two weeks, you have plenty of time to consider the creative possibilities. However, as we all know, time slips by more quickly than we anticipate, so don’t wait too long!
Have fun stamping,