Punch and Fluff

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I am planning to flock the heck out of my Easter layouts this year. Thanks to the discounted flocking powder I purchased at a post-Christmas sale, my April page designs should be fuzzier than ever. What’s more, the upcoming holiday will also allow me to put my favorite paper punches to good use. I will be punching hearts, stars and swirls, then flocking them like a madwoman to add spice to my Easter pages.

Flocking powder also comes in handy when you are looking for easy ways to make stamps pop. I often stamp an entire shape in flocking powder without making it look like overkill. However, if you are afraid of going overboard with flocking powder, then use it to highlight just a few select spots on a stamped image or punch. For example, in an Easter design, instead of flocking an entire bunny or chick, you could flock the edges of the design.

Likewise, some people are not too keen on using paper punches to create elaborate page borders or picture frames. If you fear your page will be look too punchy then use a few basic paper punch shapes. For example, you could put a simple circle punch to good use on brown cardstock and embellish with black brads to design a chocolate chip cookie or add glitter to a yellow circle to make it appear like a sugar cookie.

Circle paper punches can also be used to make balls. I recently used my circle paper punch on orange cardstock and accented with faux stitching to make it look like a basketball. You could do the same with white cardstock and a fine-tipped pen to design a soccer ball. Or use three circle punches to create the base of a snowman.

If you don’t own paper punches, then ask to borrow one from your local scrapbook store. Most shops allow customers to use their collection of paper punches and die cut machines with the purchase of cardstock or patterned paper.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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