Let’s Get Punchy – 6 Ways to Use Punches in Cardmaking

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!

6 ways to use punches in your cardmaking!
Papercrafting Playdate 51 – Let’s get punchy!

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.

Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch

Punch Idea #2 – Resizing a punched shape to fit your needs.

Resize the punched shape to fit your greeting.

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!

Tailored Tag Punch
Use a punched negative to stencil a shape as a background.

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.

Matte your punched shape by using the same punch and a different color cardstock.

Punch Idea #5 – Creating a background that looks embossed.

Bough Punch background and Ladybug Builder Punch

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!

Daisy Punch and Medium Daisy Punch
Raised negative punched shape.

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!

Product List

Daisy Punch


Bough Punch


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