Thursday, November 29, 2012


Christmas Punches

I've been having fun with sketch challenges again! This time it’s the Create Pretty Cards challenge CPC17 at Craft Project Central. When I saw this sketch I knew exactly which set I wanted to use! I've been itching to play with these fabulous mini punches since I got them. Take a look.

  • Stamps: More Merry Messages
  • Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core’dinations
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Accessories: Merry Minis Punch Pack, 1-1/4” Scalloped Circle Punch, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Red Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper, Paper Snips, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sanding Block, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, 3/4” Circle Punch
Here is the CPC17 Sketch:

I started off by cutting a piece of Crumb Cake card stock 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” and scored it at 4-1/4”. Next I took a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock that was about 2” wide and cut it 5-1/2” long. I punched one long edge with the Scallop Edge Border Punch.

Next I cut a piece of Early Espresso Core’Dinations card stock 2-1/4” x 5-1/2”. I ran this through the Big Shot in the Lacy Brocade embossing folder. I used the sanding block to reveal the Crumb Cake inner core which really makes the texture stand out nicely. I adhered the strip of Very Vanilla card stock behind the embossed Early Espresso, then adhered this layer onto the card front. I thought it needed just a little bit more color, so I cut a piece of Gumball Green card stock 1/4” x 5-1/2” and adhered it just below the Early Espresso card stock.

Now for the cute punches! I used the Merry Minis punches on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock and then punched out the punched shapes with the 1-1/4” Scalloped Circle. Next I used the 3/4” Circle punch once on each of the colors of Glimmer Paper. I adhered the Glimmer paper directly onto the textured card stock. Then I adhered the scalloped circle “windows” on top with half of a dimensional on either side of the opening. That way the little “windows” are raised up above the glimmer circle.

Finally I stamped the greeting onto a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock that was about 3/8” x 4” and used Paper Snips to cut the dove-tail in one end. I adhered this behind the edge of the center scalloped circle.

What do you think? 


  1. Thanks for the instructions! I love how you raised the window and had the glimmer paper behind the punched pieces. It really adds such a creative element to your card. I am really loving these mini punches right now too! Thanks so much for playing along with the Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge over at Craft Project Central! Your card is darling!

  2. I love how you used the punches Amanda.