Sunday, March 28, 2010

Baptism Card

I used my scallop trim border and corner punches, layering the dark and light blue card stock. Even though it created a very busy look, the card was both simple and elegant.

I used a 4 1/4" square for the light blue layer and a 3 3/4" square for the dark blue layer. I used the border and corner punches for both layers. The computer printed light blue layer used only the corner punch. A ribbon completed the front.

The inside also used a computer printed verse. Only the corner punch was used on the inside. What a fun and challenging set of punches.

Scallop Trim Border and Corner Punches

I have the Stampin' Up Scallop Trim border and corner punches. I love them! However, I was having a hard time calculating what size of paper I needed to use to have the two punches line up.

I found a great tutorial page to help me with this. Gretchen Barron's blog not only showed the necessary sizes, but also how to operate the punches.

From Gretchen:

  • 4 3/4" makes a square that has 10 scallops along each side
  • 4 1/4" makes a square that has 9 scallops on each side
  • 3 13/16" makes a square that has 8 scallops along each side. This is the size that fits perfectly into the guide that is printed on the Scallop Trim Border Punch and therefore makes this a great size to practice on. Once you get this size down, it will be easier to branch-off and make your squares smaller or larger.
  • 3 1/4" makes a square than has 7 scallops along each side.
  • 2 7/8" makes a square that has 6 scallops on each side
  • 2 3/8" makes a square that has 5 scallops on each side
  • And then, the smallest square that is 1 15/16" and uses only the corner punch.
With a little practice, I found the 4 1/4" and the 3 3/4" squares worked quite well together. My next step will be to practice on rectangles. I just love how these punches work together!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wedding Card in Blues

Layering dark and light blue card stock, I used the new corner punch from Stampin' Up. The corner punch creates a simple, elegant look. I have the matching edge punch, but my paper was the wrong size to match the punches.

I used dimensionals on the stamped, punch piece on the front. A ribbon completes the look.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tninking of You Coin Holder

I visited Washington, DC with colleagues of mine recently; we were able to visit the Air and Space Smithsonian. I purchased the coins to give to friends and relatives, but I decided to make the coin holders to give to my colleagues.

I used yellow card stock 5 1/2 x 9", scored at 3", 4 1/2", and 6".

When folded, this makes an M shaped. I used the Big Shot with the Sizzix Ornate Frame die. I did not cut the folded edge when I ran it through the Big Shot, creating the coin pocket. I taped the holder together with sticky tape.

I used the Stampin' Up word window punch to create the opening for the coin. I stamped the back with my trademark stamp: Made by Kathie. Decorating the front with the scalloped Thinking of You on dimensionals, ribbon, and stick-on gems.

I tried to show the steps with the pictures. I hope it makes sense to you.