Monday, May 14, 2012

Ten Things You Can Do with Border Punches

Welcome to our brand new feature "Ten Things Tuesdays."  Each week we will present a tool or product and ten ideas of how to use it that are a little out of the box.  Hopefully we will get some creative juices going for you on how to use items you've already got in your stash!  This week we kick it off with one of my favorite tools:  Border Punches!  

 1. Create tags using a border punch.
Practical Scrapper Christine used a fiskars punch and trimmed between every two scallops to create individual tags (these would be great for journaling strips too!)

2. Create a layered flower.
Practical Scrapper Kerri used her corner border punch from one of her Martha Stewart combo sets to create this layered flower.  She started by cutting three circles with her Creativer Memories circles at  2 1/2", 2 1/4" and 2" then punched around each circle and used some foam pop ups in between each circle.

3. Make a funky starburst.

Practical Scrapper Erin layered strips of patterned paper, some punched with border punches, and washi tape to create a starbust design (punches by EK Success and Martha Stewart).

4.  Use 3-Do  embellishments to "embellish" your border.
Practical Scrapper Jeannie added pearls to the center of her negative circle space.  She used an EK Success punch.

 5.  Use your scissors to alter your border.
Practical Scrapper Christine used her Fiskars punch and changed it up by snipping in between each scallop.  She also created dimension by curling the scallops forward.

6. Repeat border and layer to create ruffles.
Punch used: Martha Stewart, card by Practical Scrapper Jayma

7. Weave thread or ribbon thru the holes created by a border punch to make the strip color coordinate.
Practical Scrapper Jeannie used all kinds of border punch techniques on this card be it to create different edges, add dimension, embellish her dress...take a good, long look at this one!

8.  Layer scraps behind the negative space created by your punch.
Practical Scrapper Christine used scraps to totally change the look of her punch.  This is the same EK Success punch you saw used in Jeannie's card above!

 9. Create individual squares and punch all the edges to make a unique looking square.
Practical Scrapper Erin took the grid look one step further with her unique squares and she jazzed it up even more adding eyelets to her Fiskars punch holes.

10.  Use thread and do some hand stitching to embellish your border.
Practical Scrapper Christine used that EK Success Punch that keeps showing up and did stitching to change up her border.

What are some items/tools you'd like to see featured here?  We've got the next month planned but are wide open to what you want beyond that!


Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

I would love to see washi tape.

Jona Panesa said...

great ideas!!!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

great ideas everyone!!

Christa said...

Super cute! Love all these iddeas..some I have never tried but will! Thanks!