Thursday, January 20, 2011

Easy Card-Making Using Craft Punches


Did you know you can create faces and characters using your paper craft punches? You can - from super simple to very complex - the possibilities are endless depending on your imagination, your collection of punches, and your determination! You can also vary the size of the creation by using smaller or larger punches and even dies and a die-cutting machine. Most paper crafters refer to this technique as "punch art".

Isn't this "Elmo" card CUTE?! This is a simple birthday card I made for one of my cutie-patootie nieces who will turn TWO on Saturday. Two of my nieces are just babies, about six months apart, and they both are loving "Elmo" right now. I hope this card will make her smile!

The kids love getting these punch art cards, because it feels "customized" just for them. Kids also enjoy MAKING these as well. Need a fun "snow day" activity? Grab your left over scraps of paper and a few punches and let them go to town.

To make "Elmo" this large, I used my Big Shot with the Scallop Circles #2 die and the Circles #2 die (using the largest circles on each die). For the mouth, just crop off about a third of the circle. The eyes and nose are regular circle punches.

Oh! And the little heart in the dialogue bubble? That image is from the Valentine Defined stamp set in the new Occasions Mini Catalog. (See the stamp set here.) While this set is geared towards Valentine's Day, don't write it off as a one hit wonder. This is a versatile stamp set and several of the images can be used year round. Wouldn't those flamingos look cute on a zoo themed scrapbook page? The tree with heart shaped leaves? Super cute for a family tree page. Hearts, love, and more hearts? I'm thinking of weddings, anniversaries, and "just because I love you" cards, pages and more.

Tomorrow, I'll be featuring a Valentine's Day card using the Valentine Defined stamp set. Be sure to come back and check it out. It's a cutie!








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"ELMO" CARD SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Valentine Defined (W-121941, C-123057)
Ink: Basic Black (100082) and In Color Collection (119801) Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Poppy Parade (119793), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Crumb Cake (120953)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Circles #2 Die (114526), Scallop Circles #2 Die (113469), 1-1/4" Circle punch (119861), 1" Circle punch (119868), 3/4" Circle punch (119873)
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon (119265), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

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