Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tips and Tricks - Punching Small Pieces of Card

I was prepping the cards for Stamp Club following the Class in A Flash instructions that I use for my club.  

I'd stamped my greeting on whisper white cardstock and punched it with the Extra Large Oval punch.  So far so good.  But it was to be layered on the Designer Label punch and I know you'll be very surprised when I tell you that isn't one I own yet.

So what to substitute it with - the Curly Label punch should work except the Extra Large Oval I'd punched was too large to look right.  So I needed to make it smaller.

To fit the oval in the smaller large oval punch I needed to temporarily add in to a larger piece of cardstock.  I placed a small amount of snail adhesive on the back and then removed some of the tackiness before sticking it to another piece of cardstock and sliding it into the punch.

Here's the look of the finished card.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Tips & Tricks - Making the Most of your scraps when making circle flowers.

This is part two of last week's Tips & Tricks Friday which showed how I selected the colours for this card.

Today I'm going to show you how to punch the circles for the flowers using less cardstock than you might think you'll need.  Fabulous if you're making a large number of cards and get to the end and find you've almost run out of scraps.

 I made each of the flowers from two pieces of 1 3/4"x 1 3/4" pieces of cardstock.

I started by punching the smaller circles 1/2" and 1" as far into the centre of the cardstock as I could.

Then I inserted the cardstock into the larger punch (1 1/4") as shown and punched.

Here are all the shapes.

Glued one on top of each other from the back it looks a bit strange.  But turn it over and it's what I used on the card.

I used: -
Elegant Eggplant Cardstock - 108614
Perfect Plum Cardstock - 108615
1/2" Circle Punch - 119869
1" Circle Punch - 119868
1 1/4" Circle Punch - 119861
1 3/8" Circle Punch - 119860