Saturday, July 9, 2011

Punch Frame Tutorial

Hi Stampers! Since it's Saturday, I thought that you might have a little time to play around with your stampin' stuff. I'd had a few folks ask me how I did the punch frame from this card on Thursday, so I took a few photos and did a little tutorial for you!

You start with a piece of cardstock cut at 4 3/4" square.
Insert it into the Decorative Label Punch so you can see the cardstock through the window. I do almost all of my punching that way, makes it so much easier! Be sure to center it as best you can.

When you insert the cardstock, don't go all the way in, just about 3/4". (To be honest, I didn't measure, but eyeballed it. If you are a precision kind of stamper, you can always mark your cardstock with a light pencil mark and go off of that.)

Turn your cardstock 1/4 turn and insert it into the punch again until you get something that looks like this:

Turn it another 1/4 turn and repeat. Your punch and cardstock should look like this:

Here's the last one. Turn your cardstock another 1/4 turn. The punch and cardstock should look like this:

This is your finished frame.

This one turned out with pointier spikes on the inside than on my original card, but it really depends on how deep you insert the cardstock into the punch.

Here's another example:

This time, insert the 4 3/4" square piece of cardstock all the way into the punch until it stops, centering the punch on the cardstock.

There's your first punched space.

Turn the cardstock 1/2 turn - punching opposite your first space. Be sure to insert the cardstock all the way until it stops.

Now, it looks like this:

Insert the cardstock into one of the other sides, all the way in and punch again.
Repeat on the opposite side.

Now you have a finished frame that looks like this:

That's the difference the depth makes, two completely different frames! You could easily do a rectangle, maybe even an octagon. The fun is in the trying to see what you can come up with!

Have fun with this and be sure to leave me a comment and show me your frames!

Happy Stamping!


  1. you are brilliant...I sold this punch to 2 ladies...and I will be sure to share your tutorial with them...they are going to LOVE IT!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome idea with us all. I can't wait to try it, tomorrow is an open house and I am going to show this off.
    Happy Stampin!

  3. Thanks so much for this tutorial!!

  4. great tutorial & such a brilliant card!!

  5. This is so cool, thanks for the tutorial! I will certainly give this a try.

  6. Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. What a great idea and you presented a great tutorial. Thank you very much.

  8. Wonderful tutorial! Love the two different frames you came up with! Going to have to give this a try, too!

  9. cool idea!! thanks for the tutoria!!
    Lisa W

  10. This is great! A friend showed us how to do this at our last demo gathering and then shared the link. I love it! Can't wait to share with my customers. Thanks so much for sharing!!


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