Tuesday, April 3, 2012

gettin' punchy!

it's tuesday morning, thus time again for shopping our stash:

Challenge 46 
punch it out
include at least two punched elements on your card or project

i have a few more than two, but it might take you a minute to see them:

(patterned paper: kaiser, k and co, pink paislee; sentiment rub on and sticker: EAD designs; butterfly "everywhere" punch: martha stewart; edge punch: recollections; flowers: prima; brad: mme; inks: colorbox; other: scrap of pink tulle, sewing machine; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape) 

yepper, that entire background is a sheet of patterned paper with butterfly-shaped-holes punched OUT of it; which i've then layered on top of a sheet of brown and pink flowered paper. this is almost a straight-on CASE of this lovely card by julie campbell that i saw on 2P's recently, i just fell in love with the whole thing and for once in my life did not vary much... except for the fact that i sort of didn't have ANY of the same products she used, lol, and also my butterfly punch was quite a bit bigger, so i had to adjust my elements accordingly.

this effect is not too difficult to achieve--though admittedly it's a bit fiddly. here are TWO little tricks that really help: first, take the time to measure and rule a little grid on the back of your paper... 

i know, i know, as soon as i said (gah!) measure you wanted to run away (so did i, actually!) but BELIEVE ME, you will SAVE TIME by doing this, and get much more straight-looking results; the other tip is hold the paper and the bottom bit of the everywhere punch up to a window (or other bright light source) to see exactly where you want each successive punched hole to go, using the grid you drew for alignment:

then C*A*R*E*F*U*L*L*Y set the aligned punch and paper on a flat surface, attach the top part, and punch it!!! 

now go see what my clever and crafty DT sisters have come up with for this one... then grab your own punches and get creative!!! ♥


  1. Fabulous card! And thanks for sharing your tricks of the trade!

  2. not sucking up - i just like yours better :-)

  3. LOVE it...wow, those butterflies rock!

  4. Grids and paper punching. Oy kinda made my head hurt a little, but dang the perfectness of it kinda makes it look worth it. Great tips!


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