Monday, October 18, 2010

Laurel Punch Around the Page Card #5

This card uses the Punch Around the Page set without punching all the way around the card stock.  Since the required dimensions do not perfectly fit an A2 card and I usually make A2 cards, I tried a different idea. 

I cut a mat for the card at the typical 4 x 5 1/4 inch size which would normally leave a 1/8 inch border around the mat.  Then I punched one corner and two sides of the mat and adhered it flush to the edge and the top of the inside of the card.

I did the same for the top of the card but aligned the mat in the opposite corner.  I added a layer of patterned paper cut at 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches.  I inked the edges of the patterned paper in brown.  The paper is from the Martha Stewart Playground 12 x 12 paper pack.

I chose the word "Thanks" from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge (one of the preloaded cartridges on the Gypsy that has great word art).  I adapted it to fit the space with the Gypsy, adjusting the width to 4.25 inches and the height to 2.5 inches.  I used a guide rectangle to show the space I had available for the sentiment and make it easy to get the size right.

The word does not stand out enough against the busy patterned paper so I added a shadow cut in the same ivory cardstock as the punched mat.  The word and the card base are cut from brown Core'dinations cardstock.

I had to adjust the shadow to fit the adapted word but the end result is worth it - the "thanks" is loud and clear after adding the shadow.


This offset border gives a very simple card an interesting twist - I always like to see something unexpected!

If you would like to win a Martha Stewart Laurel Punch Around the Page set for your crafting please go to THIS POST and read all of the details on how you can win this set.  Comments must be left on the original post for the giveaway but please leave comments about this card here.

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  1. This is really neat! I am loving this laurel punch work you doing. I like the color combination on this card. I'm not sure I would have felt comfortable with ivory and with the white flowers, but it looks great. That's why I like to read your posts. I learn so much and get inspired to step out of my comfort zones. Splendid work. TFS.

  2. You know you are an enabler don't you? LOL! I really didn't see the potential in this punch until you started posting these examples. This is gorgeous, as are all of the other ones you did. Hugs, dj

  3. The more I see the beautiful cards you have made with this punch the more I hope I'm lucky enough to win one.
    I'm a new subscriber to your site and I love having your emails just come automatically. Thank you so much. It's a great way to start my day. Grammy V.

  4. Love how you resolve things!!! This punch is on my wish list for sure!! Was at M's this weekend but couldnt find it yet!! You are such an enabler!! My husband wants to know "who is Diane?"

  5. pretty card! Thanks for the idea to use the around the page punch like that, I just bought 2 and now I can't wait to use them.

  6. Hi there Diane--fellow Creative Charms designer here to say hi! I also joined your blog as a follower too!
    Great card!

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  7. oh diane. i like this new 'twist'. it's a nice continuous flow into the inside of the card. i'll give this one a shot.


  8. I love the way you used the punch on Card 5. So creative! Good inspiration! TFS!

  9. That's the way to think outside of the box! This is wonderful!

  10. I really like this idea. I bought a punch this weekend, so now I'm going to start trying different ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. I'm really enjoying your PATP cards! Thank you so much for sharing such creative ways to use these punches!

  12. Such a warm card with soft colors. LOVE the way you used the punch ~ not something I would have thought of! Have to come visit you to appreciate all you can do with just one punch! Thanks for sharing your talent!
    susanJ in Atlanta

  13. This is super pretty - love the way you used the punch and love, love, love the colors you chose for your card. Just wonderful!

  14. Gorgeous card. Love the colors. I like the off set matting. Probably would not have thought of this so I am glad you did.

  15. I love the offset way you punched. like this the best so far!
    mbchoj at aol dot com

  16. I had to scraplift this one--here is my version

  17. All your cards have been so beautiful, but I think this one's my favorite so far! Great design, very creative use of the punch, and fantastic color combination...BRAVO!

  18. You have done it again. This is a really versitle stamp sent in your hands. Thanks for the beautiful examples

  19. Diane you have surprised me more with each card I see, love the inspiration you have given me from each card.
    Kim xXx


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