Monday, February 25, 2008

Build-A-Brad Workshop

That's Build-A-BRAD workshop... not Build-A-Bear workshop! lol!

I had a "Build-A-Brad Workshop" in addition to my Hostess Club workshop where I showed my ladies how easy it is to design your own brads using the rub-ons from Sale-A-Bration, since our theme this month was "Sale-A-Brate".

The Reversible Afternoon Tea Purse that I had posted on Saturday features a Build-A-Brad and I'm going to use it as an example to show y'all just how simple it is to put it together!

First thing to do is find an image that fits into your 1/2" circle punch (#104390 - page 180 in the catalog - punch #8). I like to use this punch to punch out the image, whether it's a stamped image, or something on your Designer Series Paper, or even on your rub-on sheets!

Side note for rub-ons:
If the image that you want is too far in on your rub-on sheet, then just use your Paper Snips to carefully trim around the other images and cut out the image you want to use. For the rub-ons, I like to use the large tip of my stylus (the one I use for dry-embossing). It's especially handy when you are rubbing the image directly onto the brad instead of onto a piece of cardstock.


Then take your snail adhesive and dab on a bit of adhesive to the back of the cardstock. This will help keep it from moving around on your brad.


Choose your Build-A-Brad.
For my purse, I went with Antique Brass #109108.

You can also get it in Pewter #109128.
Each kit comes with 24 brad bases and adhesive acrylic bubbles.


Place your punched circle on your brad.


Take the top protective layer of film off the adhesive acrylic bubbles. Be very careful to pick up the bubble of your choice on its SIDE as you would a DVD or CD. If you put your finger on the sticky side, your fingerprint will be on it permanently and visible for all to see.



Very carefully place it over your image on the brad.


Once you have it on there, press down and you have yourself a customized brad!


They would make terrific accent pieces for your cards or scrapbook layouts.
But wouldn't they look just as cute on your jacket or on a hairband? ;)

Happy Stampin'!


Maren said...

Build a brads are so wonderful!! :-) That dp is amazing to! Thanks for sharing!

jo said...

Ooh they look fab Jane! Not seen then before.

Carla said...

This is an excellent tut, Jane!! I don't have these yet, but I may have to cave and get some! ipod bling is cheap adhesive rhinestones from WalMart. They are in the kids craft area, and are for phones and ipods. They are cheap and easy.

Jamie Martin said...

That is soooo neat, I haven't seen that before. Isn't the glue dot that you put on top sticky on the top? Or is it different from the ones I have?

katiesniche said...

Great tutorial o the build-a-brad!!! I got mine and haven't used them yet, you've inspired me ;)

Toni said...

suddenly, amazingly, unexpectedly, I'm feeling quite brilliant, as I've been doing my own imitation of this for over a year ... and here you are demonstrating it professionally. Now, at least, I know how to improve on my makeshift method, which no I am NOT going to discuss publicly (hee hee) ... although it didn't look too awfully kindergarten-esque. Woo hoo!

Carolina said...

Okay, I have to tell you that you are so teaching me how to put these tutorials together...they're amazing and so user friendly!

Have the catty's you need and Jackie is dropping off the other stuff for you - can it wait until Thursday...if we're still on for dinner on Thursday that is? LMK

Hugs & love!