Save money buying coloured flowers/card candi and twine

by Vee StJohn-Byles
(Scotland, UK)

I am a pensioner, so have to get pretty frugal to enable me to save up to afford the things I need like cutting dies and punches. Here are a few ideas you may not have tried:


Use your distress inks or other coloured inks to change the colour of basic white/cream or pale variety of doilies/flowers/string/cotton/card-candi/and use a dab of acrylic paint to change the colour of drawing pins, brads and other metal or non paper materials.

You can also change the colour of ribbons to exactly match your design schemes...same as with the string and card candi etc, this saves you £££s and $$$$s on all those colours and you can then match up your bits and pieces to your card.

To do this - dab the flowers or card candi into the ink or you can use a dauber or piece of sponge or use the blender tool.

Drag and roll the string across the pads of ink - drag or lie the ribbon across and lightly pat with your finger tip - and touch up the brads, flat back beads/drawing pins, tacks and whatever with a dab of acrylic paint in the colour you want or need with the tip of a paintbrush - use this method to change the colour of buttons you have too.

Christina says ...

Always a cheaper option to buy plain white and color things your self. And once you have colored the metal items you can the roll them in Versamark and dip them in clear embossing powder and heat. That way the color won't come off again as you add it to the card.

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May 12, 2015
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Thinking outside the square.
by: Suzanne from Oz

I was asked to make a particular baby card by my daughter for her to give to a friend. This particular card required yellow dots/ brads or in other words embellishment. Not having anything in my stash I had to think. Well what I came up with was using white PVA glue mixed with yellow poster paint to the intensity I required. Once I had done that I then put drops onto a sheet of celluloid from a chocolate box and left to dry. Once it was totally dry I was able to lift it off and then stick onto my card. I guess you could use inkpad refill but as a relateivly new to card making I had to use what was to hand.
It worked a treat, my daughter was happy and the recipient loved it.

Aug 10, 2013
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save money on brads and things
by: Vee

Hi all - thanks Christina for that - I have learned something else now. Roll the metal or plastic things in the emboss 'glue' and heat it up - could also paint with some clear nail polish and actually - you could get some lovely coloured cheap nail polishes and 'paint' the metals into those lovely pearly metallic around :0)

from Vee - the craft codger! lol

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