Here's a picture of two brads that seem very different upon first glance. They are not, they are the same type of brad. The one on the left is the original silver flower brad and the one on the right has been coloured using a ProMarker pen and then triple embossed with clear embossing powder.
The method is simple, first choose the brad you want to colour, I used silver as I thought it would show the colour better. You could always experiment with other colours. I then chose my ProMarker, the colour is Pumpkin, as this was the colour I needed for my finished topper, for the card I am working on.
I first picked up my brad with a pair of tweezers (do not try this using just your fingers, heat guns get VERY hot), I then coloured in the head of the brad. Immediately you have finished colouring place the head into the clear embossing powder and then using a heat gun melt the powder. I powdered and embossed a further two times, the finished result is what you see above. As the embossing cooled it took on the shape of the brad itself, looking like a little pumpkin coloured gem.
This is the project I wanted them for, a rather nice Bee digi-stamp by Dustin Pike. See how the colour of the brads matches the colouring on the bee's body. Using the same pens for both image and brad you can get perfect colour match, giving you a lovely professional finish.
Now all I have to do is finish off the card.
Have a great weekend,
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