Playing with Punches

As I have been having fun with the Tim dies for the Tattered Florals, it reminded me that I used to use my punches to do similar things.

 As you can see, I punched loads of different flower shapes out of various papers, even mulberry paper.

  This works best if you ‘sandwich’ the mulberry paper between ordinary copier paper, the mulberry is too flimsy on its own and just tears rather than punches.

I’m using a large ball embossing tool and an old mouse mat to give the flowers a little shape.


 Then its just a matter of layering them up together
 in various combinations. I use a little Glossy
 Accents, or silicone glue for this bit.

 Final touch is the centres, I use either Glitter Glue, Stickles or Glossy Accents with either seed beads or loose glitter.

Last but not least are the leaves- again these are mainly punched from mulberry and handmade paper for effect. This fern leaf punch is by Woodware.

 Here’s a card I used a small selection on- a better size for this project than the Tattered Florals.


Lest we Forget…….

This tag came about because I was reorganising some stamps and spotted an unmounted poppy, which was a free stamp with Craft Stamper, a few years ago now, when Jane Pinder of The Stamp Bug was the editor.

This is the stamp, and I thought it would lend itself nicely to layering.

   I stamped two images onto a handmade paper, and then four more onto Mulberry paper.

I used one of the Handmade paper poppies for the base, then cut up the four mulberry paper ones into sections, then scrunched them up. Opened them all out again, and began to layer them onto the Poppy base with a little silicone glue.

This is the Poppy all layered up, and with a large Black brad in the centre, which also help to ruffle the petals a little.

Added a leaf, from dark green mulberry paper, embossed with clear powder, and the edges cut with a pair of fancy edged scissors.

For the tag, I used a white index card, which I just
sponged in greens, using a torn piece of paper for a mask, and added blues for the sky.The stem is part of another stamp- a Lavinia stamps dandelion head. You can see a bit of a black smudge where I caught the edge of the flower head with the inkpad, but the Poppy head will cover it,lol.

 Now I matted it onto Red then Black cardstock. I don’t have a stamp for Remember, but I do have one that says Remembering, so I just masked off the unwanted letters with lowtack tape, inked the rest, then peeled off the tape before stamping.

The Poppy head is stuck in place with some more silicone glue.

 To finish it off, I added a few dots after Remember with a Promarker, Punched a hole in the top and added some black & red fibres.

WOYWW #101

Lots of stuff all over my desk this week- I have been doing a Tutorial page for my blog on Scenic Stamping & Stampscapes. Link here, or in the pages list on the right.  Its really a lot easier than it looks- and I can spend hours on the Stampscapes website looking at other peoples artwork.

Had to clear a bit of space to make a New Baby card for my nephew & his girlfriend- a baby girl who is named Madison Lily.  

The base card is covered with  some New Baby vellum, then a strip of pink mulberry paper is topped with a narrower strip of pink gingham vellum. I cut some slits in this & threaded organza ribbon in pink through this, and tied a bow.The baby picture is from a Joanna Sheen cd, matted onto gold card embossed with Forest Branches embossing folder. I just have to print off the parents names, along with babys name & date of birth, which I shall do onto embossable printer paper.
Now its off to the magnificent Julias place for this weeks blog stalk- Happy WOYWW all.


This is a semi- finished project on my desk this week, using the Butterfly panel I have used before, but this time done entirely with Angelina fusible fibres. The panel was matted onto black card to give it a little stability. I also wanted to create a shoji screen type panel, and had had in my mind for a while now to do this with mulberry paper and heat embossing. I didn’t take into account the fibrous nature of the paper, which attracted, and held on to, all the embossing powder! So I had to resort to peel-off lines, as I wanted the shiny look of embossing. I then decided the panel looked too plain, so added some flowers in black peel-off in, and spreading over, some of the squares. To add colour I used ordinary pencil crayons, as anything wet, like Promarkers/inks etc, spreads in the fibres. I think I shall try this again, next time using giftwrap type tissue paper- I should be able to emboss that without difficulty.
The various textures give a lovely tactile element to this card.

I also made myself a handful of extra butterflys using the fusible fibres.

Last thing on my desk for this week is a few Inchie
squares, punched from spare pieces of the panel I used in the Birthday card below, covered in Anitas 3D Clear Gloss, with a few Accent beads scattered into the wet medium. I found using an old document pocket to work on made the squares easy to remove – the gel doesn’t stick to it.

Get well soon

Pale blue mulberry paper torn to fit down the centre of the card.A silver mesh panel added on top. Craft Creations Vase peel off fixed onto blue patterned paper and cut out. Flowers punched from a selection of blue & purple papers. Fernleaf from a punch by Woodware.Small tag has a blue eyelet in the top with ribbon threaded through and sentiment added.

New baby

Decoupage sheet by Le Suh. Yellow Gingham vellum has slots cut to thread the ribbon through. Yellow and white mulberry paper punched with Fiskars Sunflower border punch. This works better if you sandwich the mulberry paper with normal cheap printer paper. Base baby image stuck onto white glitter card with silicone glue. The ribbon part of the decoupage I cut away and replaced with real ribbon.

Oriental 2

A really simple quick card. A5 card scored and folded.A strip of red patterned oriental paper mounted onto a slightly larger piece of gold paper, mounted to the left. A small piece of red mulberry paper, torn. Lines ‘drawn’ with a wet paintbrush help.
The ‘coin’ was made from Fimo, cut out with a small round lid from a jar. I then pressed a real japanese coin into it for the pattern and used a scalpel to cut out the centre square.I cut out a dozen or so, then after baking rubbed with gold rub-on wax. Threaded through with some narrow red ribbon, and mounted on top of the mulberry paper with silicone glue.Found some small Peeloff Happy Birthday stickers( Craft Creations).