If you are a beginner scrapbooker or card-maker… (Even seasoned scrapbookers have said they find this series helpful)…
This series is for you!
I will be covering essential tools and consumables. Handy tools to use when you are more into it and how to put together great layouts.
Series link list is at the end of the post.
Punches and boarder punches are so fun to use. It makes it easy to put an extra decorative element on your pages.
There are very many brands out there…
Carl carla craft
Are but some of the brands out there.
But id say steer away from the 20-40 punch set type brands as they are usually cheap and ummm naaaaasty. Take it from me (I’ve been there and done that, and learnt the hard way).
As you know im a Fiskars fan so i will go with what i know well and talk about that brand. But you can choose any brand you wish. I am mainly talking shapes anyway. ;)
Remember most punches only punch through one layer of cardstock.
This one is called the Advantedge System. It also comes with one punch cartridge, the base and each other cartridge costs extra… This one also has the adaptor bit for the smaller interchangeable punches mentioned above. The large punches are a massive 2 inch wide! They are awesome.
So what shapes are the most versatile?
We covered the heart punch already.
The other shapes would be the circle, oval, square, scallop circle, scallop heart, scallop oval, scallop square.
Look up in google images for “punch art” and those are the basic shapes listed above that are used time and time again with other shapes added every now and again.
Flower shaped punches are also great too. You can use them on their own or layer them up to make dimensional flowers. Cut the petals off to make leaves.
Butterflies are a nice luxury. That way you really don’t have to make them. ;)
Ok i will leave it there so you don’t get too overwhelmed.
Next time your budget allows, go out and buy what you think that you will use. Or even better go to a crafty friends house or a scrapbook shops demo/teaching session and try out their punches when crafting together. You might just discover your next favourite punch that way. Trying before buying will help you choose. Ask in stores. They may have punches to try in a class room type setting. Doesn’t hurt to ask.
Just think about versatility… How many things can you make with that shape? Will you use that shape more than once?
I will cover constructing a layout and a card using boarder punches.
As well as constructing a layout and a card using a die cutting machine.
I have basically finished talking about all the accessories that come with this hobby.
This is what we have covered so far…
Part 1 here – essentials – covers essential tools and tutorials for a layout and a card.
Part 2 is here – layout and card 2 with essentials – layout and card sketches with tutorials.
Part 3 here – embellishment making – how to make your own template of a flower and make it.
Part 4 here – another embellishment – making your own feathers and template.
Part 6 here – consumables
Part 7 here – covers how to make your own specialty papers (eg: flocked, foiled, embossed, textured, glittered and clear enhanced.
Part 8 here – craft or die cut machines
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How many posts in this series?
Not sure yet… ;)