How many punches does it take to change a lightbulb?

This card was a blast, and the last of three cards I designed from the Off the Chart stamp set for a Spring Mini swap. It was very much inspired from this card in Splitcoast Stampers by Lauraly, who also did this card, I also like. I liked the way she made a pouch for the tag and then embellished it with magic mesh and a round sentiment. Here’s mine.


I didn’t really set out to showcase punches with this card, but apparently I really like punches. Can you count how many punches I used? I’ll give you a chance to figure it out and put the answer at the end of this post.

I wanted my brads to match the embossing but didn’t have copper brads. So I embossed the brads. Just stuck those suckers in some Versamark and then dipped them in the Classy Copper Embossing Powder and heated them up. Did you know you could do that? The possibilities are endless.

I also like this card because you can easily see all the visual triads. In designing scrapbook pages or cards artsie-smartsie people will tell you that odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye and to position your embellishments in threes to direct the eye across the page. Here’s an example.

Img_0842_triangle Where the black triangle is you find three copper embellishments (the two brads and the copper embossing) and also three marigold morning colored accents. See any other triads? Vintage Violet is used three times: the card base, the ribbon and the ink of the tab. Go back and look at your favorite pages and you’ll find triads all over the place that you didn’t even realize were there.

Here’s the recipe. Paper: Treehouse Designer paper, Vintage Violate, True Thyme, and Marigold Morning (all "In Color" going away after this year). Stamp sets: Stamp of Authenticity, Off the Chart. Ink: True Thyme with art sponges and Vintage Violet. Accessories: Violet Stitched Grosgrain, Silver Brads embossed to Cooper, Classy Copper Embossing Powder, Natural Magic Mesh.

How many punches does it take? Not including the little 1/16" hole punch to place the brads:

  1. Word Window for the tag’s topping
  2. 1 1/4" circle for the tag topping and envelope slot
  3. Label punch for the Stamp of Authenticity embellishment
  4. Horizontal slot for the ribbon to go through the label-punch shape
  5. Ticket corner punch for the tag corners
  6. And the hardest for you to find probably, the new round tab punch. Can’t find it? Here it is. Cambria Turnbow posted a great tutorial here on a creative use of this new punch. As if it wasn’t cool enough already. Img_0842_highlight

For a really hilarious post about lights bulbs and us crazy message board stalkers, check out: "How many SCSers does it take to change a light bulb?"


Sweet Comments

  1. YOU rock! Love your card and use of those punches!! :) Love your blog too!! Thanks so much for the mention and link to mine!
    Have a super day!!

  2. I really love this card! The card you cased is great; but you really put a cool spin on it and made it your own! :)

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