I am well into this using up the contents of this month’s counterfeit kit with a few exceptions that I am determined to use or lose. One example: these metal paper clips from Making Memories. Another would be stick pins from Maya Road. But first things first.
I don’t want to put the clips back in my stash because I think they have actually been in an earlier Counterfeit kit - where they were ignored. But I do not like how they clip onto paper. The best part of them is the epoxy top. So I am going to see if I can snip off the clip part. You may have noticed that on an earlier layout, I snipped off the pin part of those Maya Road leaf stick pins.
I like the shape of the metal border on the clips, because it reminds me of a punch that I have. So I grabbed my cutting pliers and the pair of safety glasses I keep in the studio and tried my hand at it. Unfortunately, it did not work out as I expected, and the clips broke along part of the decorative edges. Slightly perturbed and yet undaunted, I used Undo to rescue the cute epoxy parts. I think the shape still works well with my paper.
I used Stampin Up’s Tags 4 You stamp set and matching punch for the sentiment. I stamped and punched it out twice and put foam dimensional adhesive in between the two layers – sticking the leaf pins into the foam. And I called it done. Now I feel justified in dismantling this kit and moving on without the clips - but dog-gone-it - I've still got several of those pins left!
Today's take-away: don’t be afraid to use only the best bits of the embellishments you have. But if playing with pliers, do use safety goggles. I’m serious!
Postscript: I am also debating about tracing around those epoxy stickers in white or brown ink to mimic the edge they used to have. What say you – yeah or nay?