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Posted 6/25/2013 by Far North in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 6/25/2013 3:49:43 AM
I looked through a few of the WSW blog galleries and realized I am not seeing as many of the commercial bling type embellishments.

Let's talk about embellishments-
What type of embellishments do you use frequently?
Do you feel like you are using less bling type embellishments-do you have any thoughts why?
Do you avoid specific embellishments?
If you create your own embellishments please describe.




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Posted: 6/25/2013 7:44:01 AM
I have not been using a lot of bulky embellishments lately because I have been trying to make most of my cards ones I can mail without extra postage.

I still use quite a bit of ribbon. I should give myself a bit more leeway because there are some cards that I hand deliver.


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Posted: 6/25/2013 9:12:04 AM
Mine is the same as Heidi's. I like adding embellisments but for Mother's Day I added these Prima Flowers that were a little bulky to the cards and 2 weeks later I got them sent back to me because it needed more postage I had 2 stamps on them and they were standard A2 size.

Sometimes, I have a hard time adding embellishments because I'm not sure if they look right or not. I think I need to take an embellishment applying class! For example, I never know if I'm adding too much or not enough bling to projects.

As far as making embellisments go, I have made some handmade flowers before. Those are so fun to make and you can even incorporate some stamping on them.


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Posted: 6/25/2013 10:55:01 AM
Fun question, Jan.

While I'm not 100% sure what you mean by 'bling embellishments', I do add the occasional embellie to come of my work.

That said, however, I'm with those who have been adding less 'thick or fragile' embelishments.

I too prefer to keep the postage cost down, but that's less of an issue. Rather it's a matter of having to so 'protect' the card that it becomes a package not a card in the mail.

Do I make exceptions? Sure. But they are on a project-by-project basis.


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Posted: 6/25/2013 11:16:33 AM
My cards have never had too many embellishments on them really---I think it is b/c I always (before I got into stamping) made an art technique for my card front (watercolored a picture or colored with Prismacolors etc) and didn't know about embellishments. Sometimes I would add glitter or maybe a punched out flower as an embellishment (didn't know that was what it was at the time)---it wasn't until Twopeas that I started seeing embellishments on cards/scrapbook pages and then started noticing them in the store.

Sometimes I do not know "how" to use them---I know that makes no sense, but for example: during WSW13 I would finish a card and then sit and look at it and I just know it could be made better with embellishments but I do not know what kind etc. But since I do not have many store-bought embellishments (except ribbon, glitter, glossy accents, and a few rhinestone stickers I could use as rhinestone embellishments) I'd be making my own---which is fine with me, since I like doing it and I can customize. Which I think is the main reason I do not buy embellishments---I do not know what I will use or not use and I like having the embellishment match my card. But since I'd have to make my own, that means I'd have to "think it up" when looking at my finished card instead of already having store-bought ones to play with and see what works.

Having just said all that, I just got the idea that I could go look at embellishments in the store to get ideas to make my own! Never thought of that.... I often see cards that are made up of ALL store-bought embellishments and while I like the way the cards look---I see them more as "putting together" a card with what the manufacture produced, if that makes sense----BUT then I remind myself that card layout is just as hard too!

I just remembered that I do have a package of border strips that are made by K&Company that are Christmas themed and I still have never used them and I have had them for 2 years!

I know I try not to add embellishments that are larger or taller than rhinestones unless I am hand delivering. I haven't had too much trouble with mailing things--which makes me hope that the recipient is not the one footing the bill for my mistake!

Oh one last point---I haven't bought rhinestone embellishments (except once on clearance) b/c I cannot believe how expensive they are!! I used to sew quite often and have seen rhinestones in Joanns/Hancocks that do not cost as much as the ones for scrapbooking. I haven't looked lately to see if those rhinestones have gone up in price. The only difference I could think of was the adhesive the scrapbooking ones have on the back.

Whew! Didn't know my post would be this long! But I do think I'd be enrolling in the "Embellishments 101" class with LeighAnn!



Melissa

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Posted: 6/25/2013 11:50:20 AM
I think that it can be important to think of embellishments as an important part of the design. When you look at a card after you have added your main image, sometimes it looks like it "needs something."

For example, sometimes it might need something to ground the image or the sentiment.

The cardmakers used embellishments here for that:
Patriotic
Pumpkin
Happiest Birthday


Or sometimes they are used to fill in some blank space that doesn't look right or even without them:

Daria's Christmas cards See the small gems in the lower right
4th of July This might be a mix of both grounding and filling space

The placement here is important. The closer to the center, the more weight the embellishment will add, as will the darker/brighter the color and bigger the size.

That is just a few ideas about why/how to add embellishment. I certainly am not an expert, these are just a few things I have picked up watching card making videos, etc. hth!


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Posted: 6/25/2013 12:14:28 PM
Wow! Thank you Heidi! Those are great points and TY for the examples! They really do help me to see the use of embellishments and the influence they can and do have!

I think I need to watch more card videos!


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Posted: 6/25/2013 12:30:53 PM
I love using bling and embellishments! I use them to pull a card together. The ones I use most are ribbon ( I stain a lot of my ribbon to match the card ), bows, rhinestone and pearl swirls and flowers. I make a lot of my flowers and I also use silk and paper ones. I use buttons a lot too. Here are some samples.

Friendship
Merry Christmas ornamant
God Bless America
Different shaped card

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Posted: 6/25/2013 1:15:42 PM
Great discussion. Thanks Heidi and April for sharing some examples.

I think embellishments are personal. What is one person's daily added sparkle may be too much for the next. If I am making a making a card for a specific person I try to think on that person's taste. I think about their clothes, accessories and how they decorate. Just as I would if I were to purchase a present.

Since I mail over 95% of the cards I make, I am another one that is changing my embellishment ways due to postal regulations. Some of our postal workers are so strict that I can't even knot a ribbon on a card without paying more. Yes, I do pay the extra price at times but I really like dropping the card in the mailbox and being done. Sorry LeighAnn to hear yours came back but I would prefer that than the recipient having to pay to get their card.

Generally I am avoiding brads, buttons, pearls and other bulky firm items. At times I use diecuts, punched borders and background techniques.

I am really trying to focus on my focal piece and add what enhances it. I am trying to add balance, more texture, more variety in medium including some that sparkles or shine and some handmade elements like hand-drawn borders and hopefully soon some stitching too.

Thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 6/26/2013 9:21:50 AM
I am one that uses embellishments and I have a lot of them. Not every card that I make has one.

I use them
to use them up
to add dimension to a card
to fill in
to make the card pop, if it needs that element


I am not buying any now, as I have a lot, but always like to have beautiful butterflies, leaves and flowers on hand.

Also since I really enjoy making children's cards - I have a good collection of embellishments that give the card 3-D effect.

Some cards tell me - No and others say Yes, please. (my cards do talk to me as I am making them.

I hope to get a challenge up next week on using commercial embellishments. Start going thru your stash.



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Posted: 6/26/2013 9:52:04 AM
Thanks Jan for listing other embellishment ideas! and good examples April and Ann, that's great idea for children's cards!

I glanced at the Hallmark cards a few days ago in a store while I walked by them and I told myself, "there's not alot of embellishments on them! and they're flat too!" (except for Papyrus cards, but even then they usually only have one small embellishment).



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Posted: 6/26/2013 3:38:24 PM
For cards, I still do buttons, ribbon and brads. I usually end up putting a bit more postage on but I'm OK with that. I've never done that much bling or purchased flowers.


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Posted: 6/29/2013 2:30:36 AM
As I've said before, I don't use a lot of embellishments. Like a few people have said, I don't really know how to effectively use them. It's a bit like make-up and accessories - I don't wear a lot because I'm not that confident in what and how to wear them!

I tend to stick to basic ribbon, rhinestones, pearls, paper flowers - that's about it.

As much as it frustrates me at the time, when I just want to finish my card, I appreciate April's embellishment requirements in her challenges! It forces me to make it work, and not just to leave my cards 'undressed'.

Buttons I just do not get!! I can never seem to get them looking good like other people can.

And I've made a few things here and there - I went thru a rosette phase - that was fun.


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Posted: 7/9/2013 11:51:25 PM
I've never been a fan of overly gaudy cards or album pages. That said, I like to use a little bling. Pearls, buttons, brads, ribbon and rhinestones are fun to use. And I usually put a little glitter here and there.

One thing I'm not using anymore is eyelets. Does anyone use them anymore? I must have a million of them. I think I'll add them to my next card to use up at least two, lol.


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Posted: 7/10/2013 10:18:31 AM
Never thot of eyelets as an embellishment, AJ, but I have been using them on my monthly tags to reinforce the tag hole. Actually need to see if I can pick some up since I only have a few left. My eyelet setter works for snaps, too. Has anyone ever used snaps as embellishments or to add snap-on elements to a project? Might be interesting.


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Posted: 7/10/2013 8:55:07 PM
Daniel, well that tells you how very little bling I must use if I consider an eyelet an embellishment..haha, now that you've said it, it does sound hilarious!!!

I'd be willing to share some of my massive eyelet stash with you!


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Posted: 7/10/2013 9:46:56 PM
Eyelets! of course! I TOO think they are an embellishment! I have always considered them an embellishment b/c, despite they ~can~ be dual purpose (they can hold something on a card also), you are going to see them and they can either add, hide, or possibly be distracting on a card. I use them mainly with die cuts that have sentiments on them. Plus, eyelets come in different colors---so that has to also support being an embellishment!

Which is an interesting idea: is a product comes in different colors, is it an embellishment? (markers and colored pencils add color, but is that considered an embellishment? I think it can be!)


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Posted: 7/13/2013 10:46:34 AM
Great discussion, Jan!

How about combining commercial embellies with homemade?

Although I don't have examples that use the idea, I think I can explain some of what I'm thinking. Gonna try.

For these ideas, I'm going back to gluegun glue. A material I used as a medium for molding & more. roses & valentine.

The roses & leaves are molded glue done with some of my clay molds. If I were to place a purchased gem in the rose mold before adding the glue, it would add bling to the molded embellie.

Now let's say I want to make a glue embellie I can use without having to glue to the project. Simple. Fill the mold with glue & put in a brad (head down in the glue). Voila! Instant decorative brad!

I have lots of hollow metal 'charms'. They make great glue molds, too. And the glue embellie is very flexible--unlike the metal.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 12:55:46 PM
Daniel I like your mixed embellishments.

I am kinda surprised I didn't see Washi tape on this list. Yet I know I purchased one pkg of tissue tape and felt it is similiar enough I haven't tried the washi tape at all. And most of the look of washi tape I can duplicate with stamps.

The other commercial embellishments that keeps catching my eye are the wooden die cuts. The mini little stars and leaves intrigue me.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 1:08:33 PM
I have a lot of washi and paper tapes. I do like them and use them. I probably most often use them as a decoration to close the envelopes.

I have seen some really creative use of the wooden veneer shapes. I would probably buy some if you didn't have to buy a billion of one shape.

I love home made embellishments. Especially paper flowers.

I cannot believe you made those out of hot glue!!!!!! Great idea about making your own decorative brad. (SHHHHH!!! hint for those doing LeighAnn's school supply tag swap.)


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Posted: 7/13/2013 1:09:53 PM
Wood 'dies', Jan? Are they like 'Woodsies' (thin wood shapes)?

If so, they have loads of options to play with.

Soak your thin wood shapes in warm water for several hours & then put them in your embossing folders & run them thru the machine. Take them out, put paper towels on them & weight them down (so they don't warp) 'til they're dry.

Note! You may break some of your wood pieces, but the survivors will look really neat!


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Posted: 7/13/2013 1:36:28 PM
Wow Daniel! I cannot believe that is hot glue bun---I will be checking out clay molds when I see them in the future!! Those are so cool!



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Posted: 7/13/2013 3:12:57 PM
Thanx, Melissa. I was introduced to glue guns in '69 when I interned with Penn State's Summer Theatre on the tech crew--costumes & props. I still have (faint) burn marks to prove it. Us glue gunners consider them our badges!

As a craft material (rather than adhesive only) melt glue has tons of uses--many of which are stamp/card friendly.

Here's another that can work for combining with commercial embellishments like gems, beads, charms & more.

1. Heat your glue gun (I recommend high temp).
2. Fill a container with cold water.
3. Drizzle the glue into the water. If you swirl the water you get one result. If you drizzle into still water you get a different look/result.
4. Add your purchased stuff by using the glue gun's tip to re-melt the spot you want to add a gem, etc.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 4:26:57 PM
Daniel I was thinking of these teensy tiny ones wooden shapes! These are probably 1/8 inch or smaller.

I couldn't find any with the woodies name. But I am wondering if the soaking before die cutting cork would help it from breaking. DCWV is now selling 6x6 packs of adhesive backed cork thin sheets. I tried to die cut as I normally do with my Cuttlebug but it broke into a few pieces. Or wonder if I should take off the adhesive backing (DCWV's is like a freezer paper)and it attach instead to computer paper. I can attach to a card base easy enough if I am not trying to insert a handful of crumbs. ...any thoughts???

I like the thought of playing with the hot glues and cold water(and ice cubes too)...I used to make great messes with candle wax!



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Posted: 7/14/2013 9:53:27 AM
I also used to play with hot wax and water. It was really fun and made nice designs! I actually was sitting here trying to figure out whether the wax or the hot glue was more dangerous. With wax you have a possible fire hazard and with the glue gun you have a possible electrocution hazard.

Daneil, thanks for the instructions on how to make!

Jan, I also have noticed the large amount of cork products. Although cork looks nice and has a great texture, ti escapes me how it would hold up. Let us know if you figure out!


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Posted: 7/14/2013 11:26:22 AM
LOL, Heidi! Unless you put the glue gun in the water, there's no risk of getting zapped. You drizzle the glue into the water; not immerse the gun. OK?

Jan. The brand name is 'woodsies' not woodies. Far as the cork sheets? I'd try soaking. You don't have a lot to lose.


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Posted: 7/14/2013 11:54:13 AM
Thanks Daniel for the how-tos!! I do not use my tiny glue gun very often but this has me curious so I have to pull it out and find it's glue sticks to try this!

Jan I love the way cork looks on many projects I see online, but I think I have seen on time cork sheets and at that time I didn't know what it was for and I haven't seen it since. I am curious too if you figure out how to cut it etc! This sounds to me cost prohibitive, but if you were to get repositionable glue and glue CS to both sides of the cork (well really to only the side that didn't have the adhesive) and then run through Cuttlebug, I wonder if it'd cut ----AND would it even be able to be ran through the cuttlebug with the sandwich I just suggested! But if it made it through, then you could peel off the glued CS since it's was applied with repositionable glue---and wonder if the cork would stay in tact.


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