If you have been around Stampin' Up! for awhile, you know we have some great tools, including punches! Because of their versatility, punches are often my “go to” tool when I'm creating cards and layouts; they are a great value for the money!
Here are just a few tips that perhaps you might not have thought of when it comes to “creating” with your punches:
– create a stencil by using the “negative” image from your punched out shape. This works especially well with the larger punches.
– create a multi-dimensional image by stacking punched pieces onto the page….i.e. stacking circles can create cute snowmen and “bookworms”.
– by layering or blending different shapes, you can create flowers, animals and other objects; use a heart punch to create a four leaf clover; use the “wing” from the Bird Builder Punch to create a tulip, the bird itself can also be used to make beautiful flowers.
– experiment with border punches to give different looks to your cards and also your mats on scrapbook pages.
To keep your punches sharp, occasionally punch through a piece of aluminum foil. To keep them punching smoothly, without sticking, punch through a piece of waxed paper every so often. If your punch does get stuck, I have a great video on my You Tube channel that will show you how to repair it!
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