Wednesday 19 October 2011

Paper punches - they're not just for cardmakers

I recently received a few new gorgeous Tonic Studios border and edger punches to try out. I must say, this Daisy border punch is now one of my favourite punches. It's so versatile. I made this card to send to friends who just got married. I made quite a fancy card- different to my usual clean and simple style.
I used several layers of vellum and shiny gold paper to create the layered effect. The rosette was made from vellum and because I object to sending things through the post in special sized boxes ('cos of the price), I flattened the concertina flower down in a spiral fashion so that it would fit into a regular envelope. I also made great use of the teeny little flowers that are punched out of the border- you might be able to spot some of them in some of my tiny journal creations too. They are so delicate and sweet. I also used the flower head punch and the punched out shapes from the multi detail heart (punched out of tomato paste tube - yet again!!!) 

Oh, I must also give you a quick tip for sticking down lace onto a card. First I use a scrap of paper and spread PVA glue in a strip the same size as the lace. Then I stick the lace onto the glue and lift it up again and it picks up the glue it needs. Then I stick it onto my card. That way you don't get bits of glue everywhere.

OK, paper punches are wonderful for cardmakers, but there is so much more you can do...
...what about making a delicate tea light holder.
It makes really pretty shadows and is a lovely winter décor idea and could also be used for dressing up a wedding table. You could personalise these with any text you wanted. So soft and delicate. 

I used my edger punch on some vellum and using a strip of double sided tape I stuck it around a straight sided glass jar. I wrote peace on a strip of vellum cut to size and put through my Dymo embossing labeller. I also stuck on the punched out Daisies and I think it looks really lacy. 

Another idea for using your border punch is to make some decorative shelf edging.
I used some pages from my vintage encyclopaedias. I cut strips from a few pages and got rid of all the white edges. Then I joined the strips side by side with some double sided tape and got busy with my edger punch.These punches must be the easiest border punches I have ever used! Virtually effortless!
 I think it looks really effective, don't you? I love the vintage look!

And I have one more idea for using a border  punch and this idea comes from my 5 year old little girl. The punch used here is the stars border from Tonic Studios.

They're purrrrrrfect for making tiny crowns for itty bitty kittys!!!
...So like I said...not just for cardmakers!!!


  1. Love every single project. Youve done an amazing job. Lee x

  2. wow, doda!! so many fabulous ideas! and i love your tip about gluing down the lace without making a mess.....that's brilliant! thanks for sharing all your gorgeous projects with us! xoxo

  3. These are've been busy! Ruth x


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