This is the last of my current Tuesday’s Technique series on using punches and printed papers to make fun card fronts. Last week we just punched the ends of some paper strips to form a card front. I also added a bit of discussion about not punching those strips at all. Today the card front is ALL about the punched paper.
The Tailored Tag Punch
I very infrequently use the Tailored Tag Punch. It was introduced several catalogs ago as part of a bundle of masculine-themed products. I loved the bundle, but have ignored the punch since all that other stuff went away as all retired products do. But recently I’ve seen some crafters using the punch just to, well, punch. No stamping, just punching. OK, then. That fits my theme here pretty well!
Do you recognize this paper? It’s the same set of paper that I used in last week’s punch article. But you get to see more of the map theme of the paper with this larger punch. I love the way that I can just layout the punched pieces and they all fit snugly together. But when I did that with this paper, something didn’t feel right. So I found some Early Espresso Cardstock and spaced the punched papers just a sliver away from each other. That effectively gave each punched piece a bit of a border. Now I was happy.
Constructing the Card
Beginning the construction of this card front is just about the same as beginning the construction of last week’s card with strips. I laid my 4″ x 5-1/’4″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock out on some grid paper and marked the middle of all sides on the grid. Then I adhered the middle piece of punched paper so that the top and bottom corners pointed to the vertical marks and the left and right sides were centered on the left and right marks. This is really the only piece that you have to spend some time with to get it just right (or at least pretty close to right). After that, just line up the other pieces out toward the edges.
To be clear about this, I laid out all my punched pieces before I started any gluing. But I wasn’t sure where I wanted the Happy Birthday greeting to go. So I filled in all the spaces with the punched papers. When I had them all done, I took the stamped and punched piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock and tried it out in several places. My final decision was just to put it in one of the spaces already filled in with a piece of paper. Since they’d both been punched with the same punch, the stamped layer perfectly hid the original piece that was there.
Let’s Try Another Card!
I figured that, if I’m starting to get bored with the World of Good printed papers, maybe you were, too. So I found another set of paper to try another card. But this time I wanted to make one of my current fave, a slimline card.
As you can probably see with this card, with the way that the punched papers are arranged, it could be a card that has either a portrait or a landscape orientation. But I just felt like making a card that was tall and slim, not short and fat.
The paper I used for this card is the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper. There are all kinds of greens in this paper set, from yellowish greens to bluish. I chose one of the darker colors – Shaded Spruce – as the cardstock with which I’d frame this design. I used the same technique as above to layout these punched pieces and start gluing.
Clever Sentiment Banner?
With the darkness of the cardstock I was using as the accent for this card, I ended up just heat embossing the sentiment from the Lovely You Stamp Set. I had already decided that I was going to use the same punch as I used last week to punch the ends of the sentiment layer. But then I thought, “why not use the new Banners Pick a Punch?” Why not? So I did.
It wasn’t until I laid that punched sentiment strip down on the middle of the card that I saw that the punched ends of the sentiment exactly matched the punched ends of the Tailored Tag Punch. I wish I could say that I had this brilliant idea! But no, it was an accident, though a happy one at that.
Another Facebook Post?
I briefly thought about posting these two cards together on Facebook to see what people thought. But I decided to try not to bug my friends too much with this kid of post. But I don’t mind asking you each and every time I do something like this.
Which do you like better?
Whichever one you like, I hope that this series has given you some ideas for using punches to make your own cards. Happy punching! Next week we’ll already be in September and I’ll have another month-long theme for my Tuesday’s Technique blog posts.