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If you are looking for a way to save money on scrapbooking supplies and use up those scraps or your stash, making your own embellishments is a great place to start! Whether you have punches, stencils, or just hand draw some shapes on your leftover paper, you can make great looking embellishments with minimal supplies!
I started with left over paper, pretty packaging, etc and punched out a ton of shapes in a variety of colors. Then, I just started to experiment, arranging the pieces into clusters until I liked what I saw! Just glue into place and add a little sparkle (hello rhinestones!) to make them look finished. I particularly liked using the larger scallop circle as a backdrop and adding smaller shapes on top of it.
Another great DIY embellishment idea is to use paper doilies as a base. They are very inexpensive and come in a variety of colors. I did one like that with half a doily as the base and then paper pieced on top of it. Just adds a little feminine touch and detail.
I created four different large embellishment styles: banners, flowers, brackets, and doily. I used foam tape pieces to pop up some of the elements and make the embellishments more 3-D and then added Nuvo drops to create some sparkle and shine, but mostly because I wanted to try them out! I have to say I was pretty impressed with how much easier they are to use than glitter glue (aka Stickles) and they look a lot like enamel dots when they dry, so cool! As expensive as enamel dots can be, I think using Nuvo drops (or something similar) is a great way to get that look without spending so much money.
Here are my finished embellishments:
This bracket base is made from a 3.5″ Paper Studio Punch, but you could use a stencil or a previously purchased bracket as a template. I just find punches much faster and easier to use because I make my embellishments in batches. The smaller bracket is from EK Success and one of my favorites! The larger flower punches and heart punch are from Fiskars and the smaller flowers are just off-brand punches I picked up at a craft store. To create the little banners, just take a small strip of paper and cut out triangles from each end (or one end).
The large banner base is a punch from Fiskars and the bow punch is from Martha Stewart. I really love that detailed Martha Stewart butterfly punch, it is great for layering with larger and smaller butterfly punches as well. The scalloped circle is from Fiskars and the tiny bracket is from EK Success. I really love the way the bow looks on the top of two of them and I think that’s something I will do more often.
The base for most of these is actually the square bracket from EK Success, layered on top of each other to mimic the scalloped circle. You can see that better in my Youtube video. The aqua shapes on the gold flower are actually musical notes that I turned around and tucked under the smaller flower. I liked adding the small touches like enamel dots, Nuvo drops, puffy stickers, and word stickers to give them a finished look.
These embellishments are pretty quick and easy to make, so I usually do them in batches with my paper scraps and leftover packaging (especially craft packaging because it’s so pretty!). Punches make the job faster, but you certainly don’t have to use them, stencils, free-hand drawing, or tracing other shapes will work just as well. I hope that this inspires you to give DIY Embellishments a try!
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