It’s time to get punchy.
Specifically, border punchy.
I am playing today with decorative border punches.
Chances are that if you don’t have any, one of your crafty buddies does.
Decorative punches are pretty much staples in most paper crafters’ tool arsenals.
They are readily available with many manufacturers offering them for sale. For instance, Stampin’ Up!, Fiskars, Martha Stewart Crafts and EK Success all offer their own kind of decorative border punches.
They are a great way to add a fancy edge to card. They are also great for a making a fun border for a project.
Here’s how most decorative punches work:
- Start with a strip of paper. Place it in your punch. Punch once.
- Slide the strip down the punch, placing it on top of the guide mark. Many of today’s decorative border punches have guide marks printed on them, showing you exactly where to set your paper when you punch. Punch again.
- Slide the paper again. Place it again over the guide mark. Punch yet again. Repeat this step until your border is long enough for your project.
I used a decorative border punch just this way to punch the strips on my Rainbow Hey Card:
I also used another decorative border punch on my Polka Dot Hello Card:
This time, I punched the scalloped border on one side of a cardstock strip.
I flipped the strip and punched the scallop again and again on the other side of the strip. The end result was sort of a wavy, scallop inspired line.
Here, I made a frame with a decorative border punch. I also used a decorative corner punch made specifically to accompany it.
I started by cutting a 3 ¼” square and a 5″ square.
I punched the corners of each square with the decorative corner punch. If you end up with little hairs of paper hanging off the edges like I did, don’t sweat it. Just trim them.
I then placed my squares in the decorative border punch and punched the sides where I hadn’t punched before. For the larger square, I punched twice. For the smaller square, I punched once.
If you are using this kind of decorative border and corner punch combo, I recommend checking out the manufacturer’s web site to see if they have any suggestions for what size of paper you should start with. The punch set I used came with an instruction sheet that told me exactly how big to cut my squares and how many times I would need to punch after punching my corners.
So that’s it for decorative border punches.
How do you use decorative border punches? I’d love to hear from you.
Tune into tomorrow to learn about some tools that work great for chipboard.
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P.S. Check out my blog today for another project using decorative border punches.