Paper Punches

"Paper Punches: devices or machines for cutting holes or notches
(as in paper or cardboard)"
~Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Using Paper Punches to finish the Bleached Image Card

Here's how I used paper punches to finish my bleached image card. I thought this finishing effect really added something to my project without taking away from the technique I used for the stamped image. See if you agree.

Here's What To Do:

  • Use a slit punch (I used to have one of these but Stampin' Up! has retired theirs now and I sold my last one before I realised!! Wish I had kept it) to enhance the corners of your image and the cardstock mat under it. If you don't have a slit punch, you can cut one with a craft knife and a cutting mat.
  • You can make your image square or rectangular of course, as long as it has corners to embellish. Maybe consider a star shape for Christmas cards?

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  • Use your Crop-a-dile tool to make holes in both the corners of your image and mat papers so you can insert split pins or brads in each corner. Gems or buttons would also look nice if you would rather not punch some holes.
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  • Stamp a greeting on a white piece of cardstock (I used Whisper White, naturally) and cut it out with a circle punch, then make a hole in the top with the Crop-a-dile.
  • Thread coordinating or contrasting ribbon through this and tie it around your main image and its mat. You can use Baker's twine, thread or cord instead if it suits your card idea better.
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  • Decorate the card base with some Whisper White cardstock and designer series paper
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  • Layer your main image, its mat, ribbon and extra stamped image to the front of your card base with some strong double-sided tape or Stampin' Dimensionals
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  • Now your card should be complete, but do continue to embellish till you like the effect
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    Learning about and using Stamps Craft Techniques really do add to the enjoyment I get from cardmaking and I do appreciate being able to use my tools and stamps in so many different ways.

    I hope you will let me know how you use stamping with bleach or have a novel way of using paper shaping tools to make a card. Do share your project with me and give me more ideas about how to get the most from paper crafting.


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