New Martha Stewart Crafts Punch Around The Page Punches
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|I recently received two new punches from our sponsor, Martha Stewart. These new Martha Stewart Crafts "Punch Around the Page" punches will definitely do tricks your old punches never even dreamed of. Each set of two punches consists of a straight design and a corner design that, when used together, can punch the entire edge of a sheet of paper into a decorative pattern. The punches have handy foldout guides that make matching up the straight edges and the corners easy.
I used the “loops” set but there are many other fun designs such as spider webs, snowflakes, stars, botanical designs and more. (The set called Drippy Goo is hysterical!)
The first thing I wanted to do was to take those two punches for a little spin and see how well they worked together. The punched paper reminded me a bit of a doily, so I used some of Martha Stewart’s scrapbook papers, a teapot stamp, and a plain card to make this simple invitation to tea. I used the straight punch alone to decorate a little placeholder for the table.
My next thought was to make some stationary. I used the straight punch along the bottom edge of a plain card, and glued some of the scrapbook paper to the flap to give that area a little accent color. Then I used the corner punch to make a medallion shape. If you’re going to try to make this shape, I suggest you practice a bit on scrap paper before you start using your good paper. The first two corners are easy to punch, but the next two can be a little difficult because the paper is so small. If you flip the punch upside down, though, you will be able to see where to position the paper for a perfect medallion. It can be a little tricky at first, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it, and I love the shape it made. After I glued the medallion into place, I used some rubdown type to personalize the stationary with my initial.
The loops these punches made reminded me a bit of ribbon, so with the holidays approaching, I thought it would be fun to see how the punches could be used for decorating some wrapped packages. For these, I used mostly recycled materials: a printed bag from a grocery store, a foreign language newspaper, and a page from an old dictionary. Although these packages were inexpensive to wrap, they still look beautiful.
For the first package, I started with the tag. I punched some paper from a brown grocery bag, and then glued that shape onto some black scrapbook paper. I cut a smaller shape from some cream colored cardstock, inked the edges, stamped the words “to” and “from” on it, and then glued it on top of the tag. Before I attached the tag to the lunch bag, I used the straight edge punch to decorate the opening of the bag. Then, I folded down the flap, positioned my tag, and punched two holes through both the bag and the tag together. I then threaded some raffia through the holes and tied a bow.
After I wrapped this next little box in brown paper, I used the straight edged punch on a page from an old dictionary to make my ribbon. Once that was cut out, I layered it on some black scrapbook paper that was torn to size. I then added a large initial onto the package. Mine is a sticker, but you could probably find one in a magazine or newspaper that would work as well.
This last box is my favorite. I first wrapped it a newspaper from Thailand. The ribbons were cut out of a grocery bag. I was going to use the plain brown inside of the bag, but I really liked the pattern and color of the printing on the outside, so I ended up using that instead. I lightly inked a small tag with some brown ink, and attached it under two silk flowers I found in my stash. The center of the flower is just a circle cut from the bag. I inked the edges of that just to make it pop a bit.
I really enjoyed using these Martha Stewart punches. They are so versatile and easy to use. I have since seen other patterns in this line that I’m certain I will want to add to my craft tool collection. There is one set that punches out a spiderweb pattern. I’m definitely going to *need* that next Halloween!