Rolling with the Punches...Literally!
As always I find a way to make more than one point at a time While I do want to talk about Punches (as in Scrapbook Punches) I also want to make a quick statement about mental punches we take and give as Artists. The kind of punches that knock you out of focus and off of your creative path. I may have said this before and you'll probably hear me say it again...
Being a Creative Person already makes you unique. You see things in different ways. You can turn a rock into a thing of beauty. You can look at a plate of food and see color, ideas, projects. Not everyone will be positive about what you're doing. That's their choice. Make it your choice to embrace your Creative Energy, it's a gift. Art is everlasting, in all of it's forms. :-) I'm just saying....
And now that I've got that out the way, let's talk Punches! :-) I have to admit I've never been a big Punch fan. And while I'm still not a big fan, I have taught some classes lately (particularly the 'Punch Around The Page' class and found some interesting uses for certain Punches which of course prompts me to dig further and try to create new things.
Here is a sample of some Borders
The Top Row is a Strip about 2 inches in height topped by a thinner Strip and lined with 6 envelopes from a punch. See Template/Fold pattern below.
The second, fifth and sixth strips are all from Martha Stewart 'Punch Around The Page' Punches.
The Hearts are individual hearts from a Fiskars Scalloped Heart Punch
The Bubbles (under the hearts) is a Creative Memories Punch
On the Bottom I matted a strip, stamped it and used a Ribbon Punch to put the double lines in.
Although the sample was for a class it's actually a great way to keep inventory/samples of your punches. Simply cut out a small sample of each punch and attach to a page. I try to keep inventory of all of my stamps and punches (not that I have a ton).
Easy Envelope Template.
The above is a sample I made using one punch. I punched the first line, measured the width of the first line, cut the strip, flipped it over and punched another line. Fun!
Here's a cute and simple way to make this type of border pop. Glue Buttons. I simply used a hot glue gun to make button tabs on top of each flower. I glittered the white strip first. It's a nice texture and looks great on a page.
My Punches LOL
My Punches LOL
Ok so the lesson here is break out those punches and create or donate! LOL that's my new motto for my Art Stuff. Create or Donate! I'm giving away anything I haven't used in ...hmmmm over....ummm... 3 years! LOL Whew... Have a great day!!! :-)