Sunday, August 22, 2010

Scrapbook Inspiration Challenge : Punches and Dies

Good Morning!!  As I shared with you the other day, I begin posting Scrapbook Inspiration Challenges over at SCS today and I'm so excited.  And this specific challenge is SIC80. I'm sure you can use some of these idea's in your cardmaking. So I will share on my blog as well.  However, if you enjoy scapbooking, then please hop over and join us.  I will be giving away a Creative Cuts and More gift package.  For all the details, check out the thread HERE.  And you can earn an extra point for my August blog candy give-away just by stopping by and saying hi.  Make sure you give me your blogger ID in your message there, so I'll know who to credit it to.
So let's get started.  For the next 2 weeks I am challenging scrappers to use punches and dies in a creative way.  Here is my inspiration piece and a few inspirational photo's of ways to use punches / die.

This is my little guy when he was actually little (he's 22 now).  I have always loved this photo so much.  I have one of my daughter as well.  They were taken at the Christian Private school they attended.  Travis was definitly unique and free spirited.  About this time I was reading a book by Dr. James Dobson called "The Strong Willed Child".  Need I say more, teehee. 


Idea #1 is to use a punch around the edges of a mat or frame.  I used a star shaped hand punch to create a one of a kind photo mat for this one.

These are 3 of my neices / nephews.

I used my circle punches from my Making Memories Eyelet Setter set on this one.  It came with 3 different size holes punches and they are perfect for punching holes in area's that a regular punch can't reach. 


Idea #2  Stamp on a punch or die shape.
Idea #3 Use a shaped punch to create your own buttons.  I punched the circle 6 times and layered/adhered them together.  To get your holes lined up, punch the circle on a thinner piece of paper, fold it in half and then into quarters, creating a criss cross across the button.  Use these fold lines to help you see where to put your button holes.  After you have them punched on this pieces, line it up over your button and use it as a guide to punch the holes.


Idea #4 Use punched images as mask.


Idea #5  Create a monochromatic patterned paper using your punches.  To make them pop a little more, use a .005 Micron pen to doodle around the edges or ink the edges.  See the four flowers near the top.


Idea #6  Use a punch or die (I used Spellbinders here) with patterned paper or book paper.  I sprayed my bird with Glimmer Mist.  I created the wing using a scalloped corner punch and folded/gathered.

Idea #7  Use a punch on a different medium besides regular paper.  I created the flowers using my Spellbinders die with tissue paper.  Other idea's : cork, acetate, foil or thin metal, vellum, or fabric (paint the back with Gesso first to stiffin it).  And I'm wondering if a Spellbinders would cut through felt??

 

Idea #8 Add texture to a pre-cut die or punch using an embossing folder.
See the red apple die (Creative Cuts and More)


Idea #9 Embellish a pre-cut die with patterned paper, stamps, glitter, Fun Flock, etc.  I used a pink and white cupcake die (Creative Cuts and More)  for this one.  I stamped this pink cupcake liner with black polka dots.  I trimmed the white cupcake frosting and candle off of the white cupcake die and adhered it to the pink one.  I covered the icing and flame with glitter.  I colored the pink candle with a black marker.


And on this one, I covered the pre-cup party hat die (Creative Cuts and More) with patterned paper, then embellished with the frill at the top and spiral (it came with the hat). 
And a few more idea's that I don't have photo's for:
10. Journal on them.
11. Sew across them
12. Piece together several shaped punches to create a new shape.
If you need pre-cut dies, then you should visit Creative Cuts and More.  They have a great selection of shaped dies, cards with shaped windows, 3-D paper projects that are pre-cut and pre-scored, and much more!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you will be inspired to get those punces out and use them on what ever project you want to create.  If you have any creative uses for dies, I would love to see them.

Have a great day!


You can view more of my Scrapbook Layouts HERE.

3 comments:

Patti J said...

Wow, wow, and wow times 10!!! Awesome ideas, Melisa! You are so sweet to share with us! Hugs!!!

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Lovely work Melisa.Stunning n awesome.

Sassy Scrapin' said...

WOWZERS! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing all the inspiration!

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