Remember to use the middle.

Just a little reminder that if you have a double mat and the second mat is solid then don’t be scared to make some holes.  Take a few punches out of the bottom mat so you can save paper and time later.  Just remember to keep your punches organized or it won’t be much help.

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Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Invisible punches.

Do you remember how to make your punches invisible?  Take a mat and punch out of the middle so you don’t miss it.  Then you have your accent piece that is guaranteed to match and not be missed.

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Don’t waste your cardstock!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pieces and parts.

Last night we had a good time at the Encouragement Class.  Not only did we create encouragement cards for cancer patients, but we had a good time doing it.  And through everything I learned something.  Take the pieces and parts of everything.

A leaf punch becomes a flower’s stem after snipping the leaves off.  A tulip is created with a couple of dies in the shape of hearts.  Let your imagination run wild.  You never know what can be created.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Punches are to elevate.

I hope everything is good with you and everyone is back to work or school.  Holidays always seem to give a good break to the routine, but in many ways mess up things too.  So, if you are feeling a little less than “ready to go” I can empathize with you.

For today we will be talking about how punches can not only take away but also create texture.  In this card I stamped the design and simply punched out an image (in this case a cat).  I then placed some dimensionals on the back and elevated the punch out.  You could also emboss this piece if you don’t want to stamp, but still want the punch to stand out.

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Give this a try and see what you come up with.  Don’t forget to post pictures on the Facebook page so you can earn some reward points.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to stay consistent with punching

When you look at your products sometimes you need to look upside down and sideways.  Did you know a circle punch can create a scalloped border?  A pair of sunglasses becomes a mustache?  I’m sure there are plenty more but you get the idea.

When you punch for the border, for example, you want your punch depth to be consistent.  Place a piece of washi tape across the punch so you know how far in to place your cardstock.

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Now you are ready to rock your border or whatever else you choose.  If you give this a try please post pictures in the comments or on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/StampingWithJoni

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂