Punches, punches, and MORE punches! I’ve been collecting punches since I started papercrafting over 15 years ago. What started out as a small toolbox full of goodness has expanded to several drawers . . . and I am always happy to add to the collection!
Sometimes I forget, though, to go back to basics—like squares and circles. By cutting a mish-mash of sizes using the most basic shapes, I am always happily surprised by how easy it is to create something with them—especially the ever-challenging “dude” card!
One trick I like to use is creating a “frame” with graduated sizes of the same shape. First, cut the smaller of the two shapes (a 1" square, as pictured here). Next, position the larger of the two shapes around the shape you already punched (I used the 1-1/4" Square Punch for my larger square). Easy peasy, right?
In no time you’ll have a nice batch of shapes with which to create. I have also added embossed, random squares to add some texture to my creation.
The thing that takes the longest in making a card this way is adhering the shapes to the paper! But all in all, this is a quick and easy way to make something for any age group or gender. Just switch up the colors or add some Designer Series Paper and you’re off and runnin’!
Which brings me to . . . CIRCLES!! Oh my gosh!! I LOVE circles and polka dots . . . how can they NOT make you happy when they are paired together? See what I mean? It’s easy to get carried away when you’re happily punching along . . . but at least this way I’ll have extras when I want to make a similar card again—which is always a good thing!
Wendy Weixler Artisan Design Team
Birthday Squares Card
Best of Birthdays Stamp Set
Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
Cardstock and Paper
Cajun Craze Cardstock Crumb Cake Cardstock Early Espresso Cardstock Lucky Limeade Cardstock Very Vanilla Cardstock
Accessories and Tools
Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon Linen Thread Stampin’ Dimensionals Multipurpose Liquid Glue SNAIL Adhesive Extra Large Oval Punch Postage Stamp Punch 1" Square Punch 1-1/4" Square Punch 1-3/8" Square Punch Paper Snips Big Shot Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Birthday Polka Dots Card
Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set
Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
Basic Black Cardstock Daffodil Delight Cardstock Marina Mist Cardstock Pumpkin Pie Cardstock Real Red Cardstock Whisper White Cardstock Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper
Whisper White Baker’s Twine Multipurpose Liquid Glue SNAIL Adhesive Cupcake Punch 1/2" Circle Punch 3/4" Circle Punch 1" Circle Punch 1-1/4" Circle Punch 1-3/8" Circle Punch 1-3/4" Circle Punch 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch Paper Snips Big Shot Bitty Banners Framelits Die Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Easy punch ideas are the best!
Cheerful and cute, TFS