Friday, August 20, 2010

How To Use A Martha Stewart Punch

Article by Cindy Collins (Kimandasmo)

Do you hoard punches, and yet never use them. Or do you think they look pretty but do not know how to use them?

Well then, this is the class for you. I will hopefully show you some techniques that will get you using those punches and thinking out of the box, when you see a new one that you think you might use. Just so you know up front this is strictly a technique class. I will not complete any layouts or scrapbooking projects in this class, but I think you will learn a few great techniques.

For this class I am going to show you how to use the Martha Stewart Modern Garland Edge and Corner Punch. If you do not have these exact punches, but others by her you can follow along and hopefully still get some great ideas on how to use any of her edge and corner punches.

We are going to start with the corner punch. Did you know it has wings? And that those wings are very useful! I did not for the first year that I had call me blonde! They open from either side and actually help you to line up your corners appropriately.

We are going to use a 12 by 12 sheet of cardstock and begin by me showing how to punch all the way around the page. I always start with the corners.

Place your first corner all the way into the "wings" of the punch.  Making sure that both sides are even and it is all the way in the punch.

Press down your punch while keeping your paper still. Your punch should look like this:

Next. repeat this with the remaining 3 corners and your page will look like this:

But that's not all!  View the complete online class at to see how to move from this step to this:

Cindy also shows us how to 'bend' a punched border to fit your die cut paper:

Start 'Punching With Pizzaz' with Cindy and!
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