It's Tuesday, and time for another Shopping Our Stash challenge. This week we ask you to use a border punch on your project. Try using one you haven't opened yet, or one you just haven't used in a while.
I chose one I hadn't used in a while, and I made this:
There's a lot going on here, largely because this is the 4th or 5th incarnation of the card, and I kept pieces of earlier versions as I tried other things. It all started with the punch, of course, which is the star of our show this week. I used this Fiskars punch:
At the top of the green card stock is a single punch, and lying on top of that you can see my, er, creation. I've always wanted to try the technique where you punch down both sides of a piece of paper with a border punch and create something totally different. I even mostly lined it up correctly. What I learned* from this process is that detailed punches do not like the thickness of card stock, as I need to apply most of my body weight to get the darned thing to punch through. I also learned that my standing desk is good for my back, but at the wrong height for putting my body weight behind a punch. Ow.
Let's look at that card again so I can go into some painful details:
The original double-punched strip actually survived the massacre and lives on. I masked the circle, then spritzed the card front with Dylusions spray ink. Once I removed the mask I stuck on the "post" and signage/sentiment. For the bottom I broke open a new embossing folder to emboss a piece of white and left it at that.
Since I'd learned much at the beginning about punching thick card stock, or even patterned paper, I got smart and took a piece of printer paper, applied some Black Soot ink to make it black, then punched out a border. I stuck all that stuff onto a black layer, tied on some twine, and at the last minute I decided to add some dashes around the circle to make it looked more finished.
I'm quite pleased I managed to get both a single- and double-punched piece on the card. :)
Okay, now it's YOUR turn. Go into your stash and pull out a border punch, use it to make something, then come back to Shopping Our Stash to link us up so we can see what you've made!
Thanks for stopping by!
* By "learned" I mean "remembered". I need to actually try punching through card stock before I remember it doesn't work very well.
Products used but not linked below: Fiskars punch, SU Basic Black card stock, mystery patterned paper scrap (I think it's Basic Grey)