Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Designer Showcase: Throwing Punches

No, we're not really "throwing punches". We're just sharing some projects using paper punches. Cathy here today for the Designer Showcase.  OK, let's not pull any punches, and get right to it (I promise, I'll stop with the puns!) hehehehe!!!

First up is this page by Vicky.  She used a circle punch to create a detailed edge to her page. She simple punched a medium circle every so often around the edge of her patterned mat. By placing the circle punch just half way onto the paper edge, it creates a look similar to a postage stamp.  It's really neat how it allows the background paper to show through. Using a coordinating top paper really is key to making this a classy look.

Marlene used a few punches to create this beautiful page.  She punched and layered the heart - with a detail punch in the center too. The polka dot paper mat is edge punched with sweet little hearts too. The photo mat is border punched with some wavy music notes.  I really like the way she set that mat tilted and on top of darker paper, it really highlights all the details.

Cindy has shared some really cool, and easy to create cards using border punches.  On this first one, she used two punches that have about the same size repeat.  In the black and white colors, this makes for a really elegant card.

On this card, Cindy has taken the cuteness factor way up. She used the same bubble punch that was used on her first card. This time she added a strip of red paper on the edge.  Check out this neat little trick, Cindy gathered up the confetti  from the bubble punch and used them to create the dots on her card. Isn't that cool?  I can just see this card making a Disney fan very happy!

This is another simple card that I made (many years ago). I used a large circle punch to create the stroller bottom and top. I folded a full circle in half to form the card base.  The stroller top is 1/4 of the circle.  Small circle punches were used to create the wheels.

On this altered birdhouse, I used a dew different border punches.  I punched many strips of paper with the apron border punch and then layered them to create the roof.  A lacy border punch frames the soffit on the front. The grass around the bottom was created using a scalloped border punch. Even the butterfly is a punch.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some ideas of ways to use your punches. They are a tool that comes in handy whether you are scrapping a layout, creating cards, altering home decor or any paper/mixed media projects.

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