Build-a-brad and make your own paper flowers

As promised here is the card I made that features the Build a Brad.  I just love how the “Build a brad” makes a great centre for a flower.  I love that you get to decide what the top of the brad looks like and the best thing is that you can make the centre match the rest of the card or layout.

In this case I used the 1/2 inch circle punch to punch out a circle from the “Sweet Always” patterned paper.  In this example you can see that the patterned paper is an exact match for the stamp from the “Always” stamp set I used on the Chocolate chip background.   (However, I could have just as easily used a stamped image for the build a brad instead)

This card opens up to reveal a pocket where you could slide a gift card or little note












The flower itself was made using the scallop circle punch.  I love a punch that is versatile- don’t you? I have made my own paper flowers like this before using different templates but haven’t made any in a while and was reminded of the technique after seeing it on Gayatri (one of my downlines) blog recently and thought I would give it a go on this card.  The scallop punch is great to use to create a flower.  You simply……

1. Punch out the scallop circle using the scallop circle punch (page 153 of the catalogue)

2. Cut slits into the scallop circle using your paper snips.

3. “Dry emboss” on the back of the scallop circle by pressing the cardstock using a bone folder on a stampin up push pad (from the mat pack)

I can see myself using these paper flowers a lot more.  How convenient to be able to use the scraps from a scrapbook layout and then turn them into paper flowers that are perfect match for your layout. 

Are you interested in ordering the materials to make these paper flowers?  You can order a scallop circle punch for only $30.95.  The build a brad is great for the centre of flowers and is only $18.95.  They come in antique brass pewter and include 24 brads and adhesive acrylic bubbles.    Please don’t forget that all orders over $100 made before the end of July go into the draw to win a scallop square punch.

One thought on “Build-a-brad and make your own paper flowers

  1. What a brilliant idea! I’ve been looking & looking for flowers I can make myself but haven’t found one that is easy enough, until I found this post! I am SO doing this flower! Thanks so much for showing how!

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