Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 15 Jun, 2017
Palm punches; those cool, clicky tools are a staple of any papercrafter’s collection. In a satisfying snap you can cut pretty shapes and mini apertures through a range of materials. Have you ever considered using them to create stamps? Super-easy to construct, retrieve an acrylic block, a sheet of foam and an ink pad from your drawer and you’re away. Decorate a simple scrapbook layout for a fresh finish.
1. Trim 0.5cm off each edge of a 12 x 12" sheet of white cardstock and mount on top of a 12 x 12" piece of navy cardstock. Print a photo to 6 x 4" and mat onto some co-ordinating cardstock. Punch some ﬂowers using all sizes of the petal, daisy and ﬂower palm punches and various colours of cardstock. Layer them up to create embellishment clusters, adding some gems from the Anita’s Gemstone Wheel for a little extra detail. Adhere these in the corners of the photo.
2. Snip a doily from the Bare Basics doily card kit in half and stick behind the photo mat, with both halves peeking out from behind opposite corners. Trim a sheet of funky foam to just smaller than the photo and cover both sides with double-sided tape. Stick in the centre of your page.
3. Use the folk alphas stamps to print ‘Just crazy’ underneath the photo and ﬁnish with a ‘For you’ Forever Friends acetate sentiment. Adhere this with tiny dabs of tacky glue, to avoid seeing the adhesive through the plastic. Mount a gold arrow embellishment in the remaining space.
4. Run a sheet of Craft Planet Funky Foam through the Xpress to ﬂatten slightly, then cut out circles with a palm punch. Secure the circles onto an acrylic stamp block using double-sided tape. Stamp these across the bottom of the page with your chosen colour of ink – we used a Papermania Gold Dye Ink Pad for a little sparkle and to co-ordinate with mustard. Make sure to leave space between your stamped circles for punched shapes.
5. Palm punch more circles of different sizes (there are small, medium and large punches) from coloured cardstock or patterned paper. Arrange these around your stamped circles. Adhere some with 3D foam pads to add dimension and stick some of them flat onto the paper with Anita’s Tacky Glue.
6. Cut a square of white cardstock and cover with the same gold ink pad. While the ink is still wet, sprinkle a layer of clear embossing powder and shake any excess back into the pot. Melt the powder to create a shiny surface, using a pink heat tool. You’ll be left with a beautiful shimmery finish! Once cooled, punch small circles from it and use to fill any remaining gaps in your layout.
Project and how-to instructions by Chloé Murray. Project originally published in the February issue (79) of docrafts Creativity magazine.