Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Make Do Instead of Buy New

  • Use Copic markers or reinkers to color white ribbon.
  • Use gold leafing markers to color plastic buttons this makes them into more classy-looking charms. Use embossing powder to change plastic buttons into metallic-looking charms too.
    Copics work to color buttons too.
  • Brads, buy a bag of ordinary brass office brads. Holding the legs with tweezers, press them into a pigment ink pad, then into embossing powder, and heat. OR buy the white ones and color them with Bic Mark-its!
  • Corrugated card packaging makes great textural layers
  • I read about someone who made a stamp positioner of Lego bricks
  • Sewing machine- cheap, but looks expensive (less adhesive). It’s easy and adds texture and interest to the cards.
  • Save the mesh bags from produce to use on cards -use mini brads to attach it.
  • Recycle a catalogue by tearing out the bedspread and duvet pages - use these for the faux cloisonne technique or embellishments on paper.
  • Make paper beads: 


  1. I really like your suggestions. I'm always looking for ways to make do.

    Linda Shumaker

  2. What great tips! Thanks so much!
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