Friday, 29 September 2017

A different way to use a punch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have lovely weekend plans.  I loved being on their Design Team and I shall miss it. However the virus I’ve had for the past few weeks is still a bit of an issue, thankfully not as bad an issue, we’re hoping I’m well and truly over it now lol! Anyways I created a card with the idea of reminding people that your punches don’t just have to be used as decorative embellishments. You can use them to create texture and that’s what I have done here ...

A 145mm square card
Easy to post for a change!
A closer look at the stamped panel
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Creatalicious Challenge #123 Anything Goes optional leaves
Creates and Makes Challenge #14 Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge #281 Anything Goes  
Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Floral &/ Fauna &/ Nature

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes 
The Ribbon Girl Challenge September Any Image Goes

I have used the beautiful jar punch here and a lot of snippets too, which are really ideal for punches. I’ve listed the steps from here on in:

1. I started out by using a square piece of card, because if it didn’t work I’d have wasted a card blank. Using a pencil and ruler I drew light lines on the card and put it aside ready to use.

2. I had several pieces of the lilac/mauve background paper that weren’t big enough to use for backgrounds. However I knew they’d be perfect for punching/die cutting. I punched multiple jars using all of the coloured paper.

3. I laid the punched jars across the white card trying to space them apart evenly. Once I was happy I added glue to the back and put them in position. Once they were all adhered I double checked to make sure they were straight and evenly spaced and I used a clean brayer to make sure they were all stuck down.

4. I dug into the snippets bag again and found a piece of card that I had coloured light blue and another piece that I had coloured that was purple’ish. I put the flower stamps in my MISTI then inked them with Spectrum Aqua pens and lightly sprayed with water before closing the MISTI and I had a pefectly stamped flower field.

5. I used a penant template and drew around the penants before cutting them out with a craft knife and metal edged ruler.

6. I attached the punched jar square onto my card blank and then glued the stamped panel to the purple panel. I attached fun foam to the back of the purple panel and put it in position on the card.

7. I double tied a sheer bow and trimmed the end of the ribbon to give it pretty edges before gluing the ribbon and a couple of pearls onto the card.

This card took a bit of time and I think it was worth it. I also used a lot of snippets, in fact, everything but the card blank were snippets and that still makes me proud, lol, because I get a freebie lol! If any of you lovely peeps are interested I will show any future sewing projects once I’m sewing in earnest again. I have missed not being able to sew and I’m hoping to have myself all set up and ready to get back into it again before the end of October. I just need to go through my sewing supplies like I did my paper craft supplies and I think a great de-cluttering will occur.

It’s only as I’ve been going through my sewing supplies that I realised I’ve always had a thing for patterns – whether they be paper or fabric lol! I have a pad of paper that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use because it’s so beauriful. I also have several fabrics like that too! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Tim Holtz stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Fiskars large squeeze jar punch; penant template; spray water bottle

Card Paper:
Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets: lilac paper; white card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pens
Sheer ribbon and pearls from my stash
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Mia said...

What a great card, Karen! You created a really adorable scene with your punches! Kisses, my friend.

Heather said...

Beautiful! That focal panel is gorgeous! And what a fun idea: to use the punch in the background to add texture!! Thanks for playing with LTSCB.

Melanie said...

A wonderful card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional leaves” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

Tracy Freeman said...

hey lovely, I'm so sorry to hear you have been are you doing now ?
Such a lovely card and what a fun way to use punches !!!

Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

CraftyNatalie said...

Great creation. Thanks for joining us at creative inspirations this fortnight and hope to see you again. Good luck!