Tuesday, 10 January 2012

New Year Resolutions - New Techniques (January - Punches)

This year I did not to make too many New Year resolutions. The plan being to keep them to a few in the vague hope that I will manage to stick to them. I've noticed that my past blogs are mostly stamping ideas with very few new techniques, so one of the resolutions I made was to include at least one project/card a month that had at least one new technique on it.

This month I have decided to make a card using mostly punches.  This sounds a lot easier than it actually is. I see lots of lovely ideas on the internet but I have to admit that I am not one of those people into punch art where there is a lot of additional cutting involved. Keep it simple as possible is more my kind of thing.

Anyway, when I first saw the new large 2-3/8" Scallop Punch one of the first things that came to mind was  "is it big enough for spirelli?". I am going to play around more with the punch/spirelli idea later this month but the short answer to my question is yes.

Here is the card that I came up with for my Punches Card.  It features the following punches:

2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch
1-1/4" Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch
Bird Builder Punch
Scallop Oval Punch

The base matt is made from Daffodil Yellow card stock and the flower/leaves from Calypso Coral, Daffodil  Yellow and Lucky Limeade card stock. The stamps used came from the Everything Eleanor, For Everything and the Teeny Tiny sets. I also used some Linen Thread and a yellow brad from the Brights Collection.

As an idea of things to come (and to remind me of what I've said I'd do) here is a list of the techniques that I plan to use/explore over the next year.

February - Resist emboss
March -  Glitter and brads
April - Fabric and buttons
May - Watercolour Crayons
June - Brayering
July - Cracked Glass
August - Acetate
September - Ribbons
October - Chip Board
November - Telescoping Cards
December - Diorama Cards

Please feel free to leave comments and if you have a go making your version of the card please leave a link to a photo of your project so we can all see it.

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