Monday, March 1, 2010

Helpful Tips & How To's with Punches!

Happy Monday, everyone! We like to pass on cool tips and techniques that we learn and we came across this really awesome demo from Norma that she kindly allowed us to share with all of you! Thanks, Norma! I've seen punches used more and more in card making and scrapbooking, in sometimes such a subtle way that you may not even realize it's a punch! Please see a finished example of this technique above!

The punch Norma is using here is the Martha Stewart border punch Crown. Simon Says Stamp has LOTS of edge punches to chose from! Check out our selection HERE. Also check out great Martha Stewart accessories and other punches HERE.

Punch out your border along one edge of your paper.

Cut the paper about 3/8" below or enough room to glue it on to the back of your circle or oval.

With your small scissor, cut as shown below to about 1/16" from the edge of the paper. DO NOT cut all the way.

You should be able to bend/curve the paper now up and down like a snake.

Place about a 2" spread of the glue to the back of the circle/oval. We want to glue the border a bit at a time, as the glue dries fast.

Working with the front of the circle/oval facing you, start glueing the border to the back of the circle/oval, curving the slashed border following the circle/oval edge. Glue the first few sections.

The back should look like this.

Add more glue and glue the next few sections. Repeat this procedure until you end up at the spot where you started from.

Most likely the pattern won't match up perfectly when you come to the start-finish line as pictured below. This is where your embelishments, such as flowers, come in handy. On my card, I've hidden this spot under the sentiment.

This isn't a problem with a circle, but if you're working with an oval, it's best if you know ahead of time the placement of your embelishment, so you can make that spot your starting line.

Full picture of the back.

This is how the front looks like.

I started experimenting and here are just a couple more border punches that you can use. Both are Martha Stewart punches too. They are Doily Lace & Lace Heart

And for someone sweet in your life.....

I'm sure there are more punches that you can use in this similar way. Have a go at this!

Here are a couple things you made need for this project:

Circle Scissor Pro

Aleene's Acid Free Tacky Glue

2010 Tim Holtz New Colors Pads & Refills

Cutter Honey Bee Scissors

Happy Crafting!!!


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  1. wow great technique... thanks for sharing.... will soon be trying it...

  2. That is fantastic!!! I will have to try it, thanks for posting and thanks Norma for making this :)

  3. Woow, fantastic idea!
    I must try. Thanks!
    Magda x

  4. WOW ZAAA - thanks for posting this technique!

  5. BRILL! i am SO trying this - just got a new MS punch on the weekend and am dying to play with all kinds of fun ideas for it! YAY! thanks, Norma!

  6. I love that we can all use our border punches for more than just borders!! I'm definatley going to be giving this one a go! Thanks :o)

  7. Fabulous technique! Thanks so much for sharing! I have all those punches...will give it a try!

  8. Cool beans!! I need to try this! Thanks Steph for sharing your tutorial!

  9. thank you! This is wonderful .... I saw your card with the heart punch border and was going to ask how you did it ....
    Love your work!

  10. wow what a brilliant idea this is brill thanks!

  11. Wow, great idea!Thanks!:)

    Hugs, Tímea

  12. Thanks for the amazing tip. Another one to try asap. x

  13. Oh wow, this is fantastic. I will have to give it a try seeing as I have a couple of these punches. Thank's for sharing such a fantastic tip - just what I love about SSS !


    Jo xxx

  14. thats brilliant isnt it?..pure genius love it

  15. Waw thanks for the tutorial, great ideas! Hugs,moni

  16. fantastic tutorial Norma and what a brilliant idea !! I will definitely be trying this ! :-)

    Lols x x x

  17. Wow! I'll have to try this technique! Thank you for sharing it.

  18. this is a fab technique I have used it on my latest card which I have entered into the simon says challenge this week hugs cherylxxxxx

  19. Oh my gosh, Thankyou so much for sharing this tip! its fantastic I shall deffo be trying this, thanks Norma :O) xxx

  20. Hmmmm, my thinking cap is on now! LOVE your ideas.


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