Today I’m starting on a new direction for my blog posts. Each Tuesday I’ll be sharing some kind of technique that hopefully will help you (and me!) avoid card-making doldrums. Today I’m starting a short series about using papers and a punch to create the main design on a card front. Add a little bit in the way of embellishments and some glue, and you’ve got yourself a card! This will be August’s theme!
Much of what I do with cards involves creating a layout based on a stamp set (or two or three) that I’ve chosen to use at that particular time. I choose layers and shapes and try out different ways of arranging them until my card falls into place. Then I stamp, color, cut and paste.
But sometimes that’s just a little more work than I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I just want to make a card and send it off. When that happens, I’ve found that using Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers – all beautifully printed designs – can decorate a card front with hardly any work at all. If I really want to avoid much work, out comes a punch.
A Whale of a Time With the Postage Punch
When I started out to make this card, I had lots of ideas about how I wanted to take the papers from the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper set and mix and match them with a fun layout. I went ahead and used the Seabed Embossing Folder to create my background. But then nothing worked the way I had envisioned it. That’s when I said, “enough!” and out came the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch.
I Even Changed Plan B
My original “Plan B” was just to have 3 of those punched images in the center of the card. But then I couldn’t decide which images to choose of all that were available to me. So 6 punched images it was. I finished off the card with some of the Pool Party Sheer Ribbon in the Whale of a Time suite, and a punched sentiment using both a stamp and a punch from the Lovely You Bundle.
The Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, the punch part of the Lovely You Bundle, has two different punch designs, with 3 different label widths – 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″. For this card, I just used one layer, the stamped layer, which is 1/2″ wide.
Can You Do This With Other Paper?
Of course you can. I’m amazed at what I find when I look at papers closely. One of my favorites already for making a card with the Postage Punch is the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper. This is a paper set that has returned from last year’s Holiday Catalog to find a place in the Stampin’ Up! August – December 2020 Mini Catalog. I’ll chat about that a bit tomorrow. But here’s a sneak peek!
Let me know what you find to use with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch? I’d love to feature one of your projects in my Tuesday’s Technique blog post! I’ll continue next week using other punches and Printed Papers to make fun – and easy! – cards.
Happy Stamping! And Punching!