Monday, April 11, 2011

Make Your Own Lace

I've got a quick technique to show you that will allow you to create your own paper lace for adorning your pages, cards and projects.  To do this we are going to be using border punches.

I used the straight punch (not the corner piece) from the Double Loops Punch Around the Page set by Martha Stewart Crafts.
Cut a 1" wide strip of paper.  Insert your paper strip into the punch and line up one edge with the 2nd mark to the left of the punch mechanism. 
Continue to punch across the strip, lining it up with the guide image on the punch as usual.
Now, turn the strip around and insert the uncut edge into the punch (see below). This time line up the same starting edge of the paper, but only with the mark on the opposite side of the punch. As shown in the image below.
Carefully punch across the strip making sure to line it up with the guide image on the punch as you go.
You'll end up with a lacey strip that you can use on your projects!  You could make multiple strips and lay them near each other to create a block of lace or to replicate the look of lace cut cardstock.
Here is a card I made with the lace strip in the example above.

I also tried this technique with the Doily Lace edge punch also by Martha Stewart Crafts. This is one of my favorite punches when I'm card making.
Since this punch doesn't have markings on the sides, I instead used a mark on the guide image for lining up the paper when I punched it. This punch design is also a little bit deeper than the loops punch, so I increased my paper strip width to 1.25".  Here is the result that I got.
I can't wait to create a card using this.  But for now I'm out of crafting time.  Give this technique a try with some of your edge punches. You may just create a new and unique embellishment for your projects!


  1. Fantastic idea!.....thank for sharing!

    Greetings from Spain


  2. Thanks for this tip :) I have both of those punches (along with many more!!) so it's great to see an alternate use for them!

  3. What a cool idea! I will be giving this a try.

  4. awesome tutorial. Thanks so much!

  5. LOVE this idea! thanks for sharing! def gonna try this

  6. Love it and I have both these punches!

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  8. Awesome... The most difficult is to be perfect for cutting...

  9. Very cool Cathy! Another tip I will definitely be trying!!!

  10. Such a cooool technique. Definetly going to try this.

    Ill try this as soon as i get the puncher. :)