This week's TOT comes from Craftin' Curt. In his own words, he shares his 5 favorite go-to embellishments for those times when he is "less than inspired" and needs that extra touch to complete a project.
Flowers always seem to help me out in a pinch. I try to keep a variety on hand at all times- layering types, rhinestoned, patterned- so that I can add a little unexpected interest in addition to solving design problems or mistakes. When layering, use dimensional foam to create some depth.
CHIPBOARD DIE CUTS
To be absolutely honest, I really did not take to these when I first came across them. I thought them to be pointless. Months later, I saw some on clearance and decided to open my mind to them. Now, I absolutely love them. They can be easily colored using inks or markers in a variety of ways. My favorites are the mini frames because they're so versatile.
I began using these about 5 or 6 years ago....for professional tutus. I used the ones made by Swarovski and they were (and still are) an easy way to decorate a full tutu without all of the hand sewing or messy glues. Once I began crafting, my rhinestone collection quickly dwindled as I found that they are perfect for cards and layouts. The hotfix glue is super strong-once you put it down, it's there for good! The heat tool isn't necessary (an iron will work) but the interchangeable tips to fit a multitude of rhinestone sizes makes the heat tool a smart purchase.
SMOOCH INKS & SOUFFLE PENS
I lumped these two together because they serve the same purpose for me- detail & accents. Smooch Inks have a fine-tip brush built into the cap which enables you to use it much like nail polish. It comes in a variety of colors with a slightly metallic look to them. Souffle Pens create the look of heat- embossing without the powder or heat! You have to draw fairly slowly with them, but once dry the ink puffs up slightly and adds interest and texture.