can add a wide array of special effects to your art by using
out shapes are excellent additions to your stamped art.
Ornaments and embellishments can be used for accents, and
are especially eye-catching when cut from metallic paper,
brightly contrasting colored paper or paper that has been
inked and heat embossed with sparkle powder. The corners
of cards or layers can be rounded or punched to add elegance.
I P S F O R B E T T E R P U N C H I N G
Lubricate a sticking punch by punching through wax paper
a sticking punch in the freezer for 20 minutes to contract
and shrink the metal parts.
punches will loosen up with continued use.
a sticking punch on the table top to release the mechanism.
up when punching to gain more leverage, and always punch
down on a hard
surface rather than "in the air".
the punch upside down for more precise placement, and
even more added leverage.
R A F T P U N C H I D E A S
With a fine line gel roller pen and a circle punch you can
Balloons, bubbles, sun, buttons, pumpkins, etc. to glue
onto your creations.
Flowers: sunflower centers, petals or leaves from a double
cut circle, other assorted tulips and posies by assembling
different size circles and cutting away petals.
balls of all types: basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis,
items: pizza, ice cream scoops.
bagels, olives, watermelon slices, or sandwich cookies.
ladybugs, bees with petal shaped wings
PUNCH - With a heart punch you can create:
Open bow (requires 2 sizes heart punches). Punch the smaller
heart out first, then line up the larger one on the cut
out shape by using the larger punch upside down so that
you can see the position of the shapes, Arrange on card
and adhere with glue stick. Add a ribbon which you have
drawn freehand and cut.
Cut away a portion of the heart shape. Decorate with a
"cuff" and draw a string.
solid bow ties, leaves or petals can all be formed with
half of a punched heart.
or four leaf clovers
and braids to dress a stamped or drawn face.
edges (with the help of a 1/8" circle punch and a scallop
BORDERS & MEDALLION DESIGNS can be created after removing
the plastic "V" corner guides from the punch. Using a flat
screwdriver, push out the pieces from the center. (They
are easily replaced when desired.) (ideas by Joanne Peterson)
Plan and mark your design lightly on the back of your
paper with a pencil. Measure the vertical and horizontal
centers, distance apart, and distance from the edge. (Fig.
1) For medallion designs, place the punch at 4 places,
each equally distanced from a center point. (Fig. 2)
the punch upside down, so that your markings are visible.
T A M P I N ' T I P S
out a shape that fits into your scene or theme to add
an open accent.
Punch a series of designs along the edge of your card
to use as a border. A penciled line helps keep them in
a straight line.
your punched out designs. Use them as confetti, or glue
them onto a card that is a contrasting color.
your punched design as a stencil for sponging the design.
E C H N I Q U E E X A M P L E S
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Example of Corner Craft Punch.