Friday, January 02, 2009

Pretty punched cards

We have some pretty new punches at the store for special order and I decided to play with them to show their capabilities. I've only just scratched the surface of these punches as they are very versatile and really adds a lacy touch to your cards.

These punches work with full inch sized cards, i.e., 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 as the corners and borders punch one inch in size. To use these punches, for a 4 x 5 inch card, you must first put your card piece under the corner border slot and punch both the corner and the border at the same time. (Punch the 5 inch side first) (see #1) Once the corner/border part is punched, you'll move your paper to the left (#2) and punch only the border punch. You'll move the card to the #3 spot and punch only the border again. You'll next move the card to the #4 spot and punch only the border again. Now, you'll TURN your card and place it back at the #1 spot and punch BOTH corner and border punches. Now you'll be working on your 4 inch side. You'll move the card to the #2 spot and punch the border only. You'll now TURN your card and start again until the card is completely punched on all sides.
The punch I used on the first card (above) is called "Comin' Up Roses" and is perfect for those romantic Victorian cards for Valentine's, weddings and more. I punched the card first, then put it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder. I next assembled a pre-cut 3D from Ecstasy Crafts with foam dots. A scallop punched square was added underneath the 3D and a "with love" peel off sticker finished the embellishment. Lastly, a big red organza ribbon bow was added to complete the card. Card size 5 1/2 x 4 1/ inches.

My second card (below) uses the "Lattice Entertain You" which is also a corner/border punch. These punches cut nice and crisp, with no jams, and are very easy to line up with the one inch increments that are on the base of the punch.

I punched the larger blue piece (5 x 5 inches) and you can see that these punches are also photo corner punches. You can tuck a photo into the slots for a lovely frame. Remember that your inner piece or photo must be an inch smaller all around to fit into the slots. I punched a second light blue card piece sized 4 x 4 inches and slipped it into the corner slots of the previous larger blue piece.

From the same 3D sheet through Ecstasy Crafts, I assembled the pretty basket of roses with foam dots. I cut a piece of white paper (3 x 3 inches) and put it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder. I then cut the square in half and inserted each wide end into the corner slots of the smaller blue piece. I mounted the floral basket to the overlay, added a "Get Well Soon" peel off sticker, decorative rhinestones and finished it off on a blue 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches card.

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