What’s great about paper punches? Punches can be a papercrafter’s best friends because they are so easy to use over and over in many different ways. Today I’m going to give you at least 6 ways to use punches and have fun with them in your cardmaking. Take a look at the video tutorial too!
There are different types of Stampin’ Up! punches available, and while they all punch paper, they have different qualities and uses: Basic shape punches, Builder punches, Label & Tag punches, Plant & Animal punches, and Border Punches. See all the available punches from Stampin’ Up!
Punch Idea #1 – Create layers and backgrounds with punched shapes.
These samples feature the Rectangle Postage Stamp punch.
Punch Idea #2 – Resizing a punched shape to fit your needs.
To resize a punched shape, punch it once and attach it to a sticky note. Then slide it back into the punch and line it up to the size needed and punch again. This will create a smaller version of the original size.
Punch Idea #3 – Use a punch’s negative as a stencil
These samples feature the Tailored Tag punch – one of my favorites!
Punch Idea #4 – Create a matte layer for your punched shape.
This technique is so easy to do. Just punch another shape in a different color, split it in half, separate it and adhere to the back.
Punch Idea #5 – Creating a background that looks embossed.
Punch Idea #6 – Raised negative punch image with DSP to fill.
This simple technique is so satisfying to create. Just punch your favorite punch shape in a piece of cardstock and raise it up with dimensionals over some beautiful patterned paper. The patterned paper fills in the punched shape so beautifully!
I encourage you to find your punches and try to see them in a new way using some of the techniques I’ve shown. I bet you will breathe new life into older punches and you might just want to add some new kinds of punches to your collection too!