Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Getting the most from you punches!

Hi everyone! I'm back this week with a layout using the July Boardwalk kit and I have a fun little tip for getting more from your punches. You do have a punch or two laying around, right? I know I do! :)

Have you ever thought about using them to make a shape other than what the manufacturer originally intended? I did just that when I pulled out my beloved Jenni Bowlin Blue Ribbon punch. Obviously, its intended for making ribbons with these pieces.

It is great for that, but I noticed how the flowers in the Pebbles paper were almost the exact same shape as the medallion part of the punch so I switched gears and started punching the shape in various colors to make flowers.

For the leaves I punched the shapes in a green paper and rounded the square edge of each piece to make leaves, then I attached the leaves under the flower.

Once they were assembled I scattered them on the page for a whimsical look.

They look almost identical to the smaller flower in the Pebbles paper, don't you think?

So what punches do you have in your stash that you can use in a fun new way?


MarciaD said...

Great tip! I just bought this punch on clearance at Joanne's yesterday! I used the "ribbon" parts to make several small banners on my page, hung with twine. I punched out a lot of scraps and put them with in a baggie to store with the pp (BG Picadilly) as embellishments to use on future layouts. I haver been looking for smaller embellishments lately and this is a great punch for that.

Leslie Ashe said...

What a GREAT tip, Diane! I love it. Your layout is so CUTE!!!

Julie Bonner said...

YAY!!! I just got this punch :) I must try this :) Love your page & what a cute pic!!

elizabeth said...

Love this idea!!! And I'm swooning over the pic and the lo!

Patricia Roebuck said...

Adorable and so clever, Diane

Jen said...

Oh!! Nice one... can't wait to get this kit and get started!!!