When it comes to craft supplies, I have accumulated a small collection of paper punches from Martha Stewart and EK Success. I love the beautiful designs of these types of punches, and I see why some crafters are collectors/hoarders of them. If I had more storage (and a bigger budget for craft supplies), I would have a larger collection myself. But I have made it a general rule to hold off on buying more craft supplies and tools until I at least put what I have to good use. I can easily get overwhelmed by product, and when you’re a crafter, there are a ton of products available in the marketplace. I don’t want to be the type of crafter who has so much stuff, that some items never get used.
Even with my small collection of punches, I am embarrassed to admit that there are a couple of punches that I have never used. The set I’ve used the most is the Deco Shells Punch Around the Page corner and edge punches from Martha Stewart. I used the edge punch for the punched lace book paper wreath I made for my friend, Eva, here.
Well, recently I had to make a birthday card for a friend and decided to put that Deco Shells punch set to good use again. The tricky thing about using both punches together is that you have to start out with a piece of cardstock that is of an exact size, as designated in the instruction sheet that came with them, so that the punched corners line up properly with the punched edges. Otherwise the pattern will either overlap or there will be an odd space in the middle.
I started with a piece of light purple cardstock that I trimmed to a size of 5 inches by 6.75 inches. I then punched out the corners.
Then came the tricky part of punching out the edges so that the pattern was continuous with the corners.
If you look closely, one of my shells has a tiny missing piece.
Next, I cut out a smaller piece of pink cardstock that measured 3.25 inches by 3.25 inches.
I punched out the corners and edges. Probably due to its smaller size, this time it was easier to punch out everything precisely with no mistakes.
I trimmed out a cardstock base for my card that when folded in half, was slightly larger than the piece of purple cardstock I had first punched out.
I stamped out my “Happy Birthday” sentiment on a small piece of pink cardstock, then found a focal point for my card in this piece of daisy floral trim:
I now had all the components for my handmade card.
When I went to adhere my first layer onto my card base, I noticed, like earlier, another piece of my punched out shells was missing.
Oh, well. It’s not too glaring a mistake unless you look closely.
I layered the remaining elements of my card, using foam pop dots to give the sentiment and pink lacy cardstock some dimension.
My original plan was to position the pink piece of cardstock straight on, in the same orientation as the purple piece, but decided at the last minute to orient it at a diamond-like angle to give the card a more interesting look.
Making this card was an interesting exercise for me because the primary design of it was based more on a punched design and not on add-on embellishments (save for the piece of floral trim), which is what most of my handmade cards are decorated with.
Do you own any fancy paper punches? What are some favorite ways you use them in your crafting? Please share in the comments.