Punches, punches, and MORE punches! I’ve been collecting punches since I started papercrafting over 15 years ago. What started out as a small toolbox full of goodness has expanded to several drawers . . . and I am always happy to add to the collection!
Sometimes I forget, though, to go back to basics—like squares and circles. By cutting a mish-mash of sizes using the most basic shapes, I am always happily surprised by how easy it is to create something with them—especially the ever-challenging “dude” card!
One trick I like to use is creating a “frame” with graduated sizes of the same shape. First, cut the smaller of the two shapes (a 1″ square, as pictured here). Next, position the larger of the two shapes around the shape you already punched (I used the 1-1/4″ Square Punch for my larger square). Easy peasy, right?
In no time you’ll have a nice batch of shapes with which to create. I have also added embossed, random squares to add some texture to my creation.
The thing that takes the longest in making a card this way is adhering the shapes to the paper! But all in all, this is a quick and easy way to make something for any age group or gender. Just switch up the colors or add some Designer Series Paper and you’re off and runnin’!
Which brings me to . . . CIRCLES!! Oh my gosh!! I LOVE circles and polka dots . . . how can they NOT make you happy when they are paired together? See what I mean? It’s easy to get carried away when you’re happily punching along . . . but at least this way I’ll have extras when I want to make a similar card again—which is always a good thing!
Artisan Design Team (Stampin’Up!)