How to Custom-Color Your Candi Embellishments

Welcome to another edition of Money-Saving Monday…the weekly post to help you save money on your crafting needs!  Today’s topic is making your own colors of embellishments out of Candi

I don’t know about you but I love Candi
 Not the kind you eat (although I love that too, but that’s a discussion for a different day!) but the kind you use to embellish your paper crafts.  Candi
is a footless brad made of a rigid paper material.  They come in about a bazillion different colors, but as much as I love them, I can’t afford all those colors!  So I found a way to make whatever color I need when I need it!

I bought a couple of packages of Candi
when I was at a craft store with a friend a while back.  We each bought different styles and then split them and shared since there were so many in a package. (hint:  there’s a bonus money saving tip for you…split costs supplies that come in big amounts with friends!)

When buying our Candi
the trick was to buy it all in shades of white and ivory.  I do this with the majority of embellishments I buy.  If you have alcohol inks or alcohol markers, you can color almost anything!  So, I broke out my BIC Mark-Its
some Candi
and a piece of scratch paper, and went to work!

I just simply colored over the whole Candi
with my choice of marker colors…

And they came out awesome!  They really picked up and held the shade and intensity of color.  I also tried it on some Candi
that has tiny metallic dots on them and the lighter colors still allowed the silver to shine through, while the darker color intensified on the silver.  I also had come ivory Candi
with a kind of pearlescent finish on them, that held the color too, but lightened it up a little.  Those are the row on the bottom in the picture below.  Curiously, they made the color of the marker lighter, but made the color darker on the silver spots…weird but cool!!

I love having the option of making my own colors of embellishments whenever I need them!!!  Have you ever tried this technique on some kind of embellishment?

Happy Scrapping!
~Amy E

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Amy England

Creator of the Scrap This Save That blog and Youtube channel and curator of a ridiculous amount of paper crafting supplies!

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  1. Karenladd says:

    Love how these came out! The dotted ones are adorable and what a great way to custom color embellishments. I've done something similar, using my alcohol inks, on metal brads. I haven't tried it on any other media though but this would work with buttons too. My problem is that I would get hooked on it and spend all my time custom coloring everything!

  2. stampingbowd says:

    Oh my! These are fabulous! I have been making my own with a punch but I love that you were able to get the CANDI with metallic dots and how great they looked when you colored them! Awesome!

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