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Embracing Embellishments

Many of our projects need that extra little something to tie it together. Sometimes it is a few sequins, maybe a trinket or ribbon. Having these Accents and Embellishments that coordinate with your other supplies is an inexpensive way to be able to find the perfect “extra something” for your projects. There are numerous of categories of products so for this article we will just focus on 1) Embellishments, 2) Ribbon & Trim and 3) Washi Tape. This is how you can locate these in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

1. Embellishments

Adhesive backed embellishments make it very easy to grab a few and place on your project. Just carefully slide the rhinestone, pearl, sequin or enamel shape off the plastic sheet and place. The new “Take Your Pick” tool has a mini spatula attachment perfect for these.

For those embellishments that are not adhesive backed, the “Take Your Pick” tool is perfect; just use the tacky putty tip to pick them up. Buttons, metallic trinkets and sequins are examples of these.

2. Ribbon and Trim

Ribbon can be a central part of a design or just used for accent. When selecting your Ribbon or Trim it is important to consider the texture. Try out different types by laying on your project before adhering. Personally, a trim that is lacy would not make its way to any of my masculine targeted cards. On the other end of the spectrum, a rough, burlap type trim might not make it to a highly floral card. In addition to texture, color is important. You can coordinate or contrast with your paper products. There are also numerous ribbons and trim that can be colored to match if the perfect color ribbon is not available. Just use your ink pads, dauber, Blends or any other tool.

3. Washi Tape

If you are like me I didn’t quite “get it” when I first saw Washi Tape, but now I am sold. Whether you use it to hold on a layer of your cards or apply a few strips inside for color, it can make a project have that something extra. You can use your bone folder to burnish the Washi Tape once you put it down to get a secure attachment. Remember folks, Washi Tape can be tor and those rough edges add character.

So please embrace your embellishments to make your projects unique. I would love to see samples of your use of embellishments.

Happy Crafting!

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