Happy Sunday, people!! I hope you’ve had as lovely a weekend as I have. There was a slight bump at the start of the weekend, though. I was super organized making my projects for this hop earlier in the week and getting my post all written and scheduled. Heading down south for a family weekend away my phone blipped with a message about the photo I had posted in our crew’s page.
Shannon: oh, I didn’t realize the banner punch was retiring!
Me: yeah, such a shame.
About four other people: that’s not retiring, it’s on page 186 of the new catty.
Me: facepalm facepalm facepalm.
Much back and forth later with me feeling like a complete idiot for getting this one so wrong, I now bring you my very special post on my favourite NOT RETIRING punch, the Banner Triple Punch.
I love me a punch! I am a horrible fussy cutter and while I love the intricacy of dies, I’ve always been a huge fan of the simplicity of punches. So quick and easy, they are especially great for beginner crafters/stampers. There are quite a few retiring this year, so there was a lot to choose from for this post, but I went with a long time favourite of mine, the Banner Triple Punch, which is NOT RETIRING (see facepalm above). Since it’s a triple punch, I’ve made three cards to show why this is a great tool to have in your craft stash. These aren’t CASEs of anything in the catalogue, exactly (there aren’t many examples using it in the catty), but examples of what you can do with it.
All of these cards use up those little scraps of DSP leftover from other projects that I just can’t bear to throw away. Does anyone else keep all their pretty scraps?? Of course you do! These are from the Nature’s Poem collection. Probably the DSP I’ve used the least this year for some reason, so I’m trying to correct that at the moment!
The technique for the first two cards is the same. The punch cuts banners in 1″, 1.5″, and 2″ wide strips, so I’ve collected up some strips, punched them, arranged them on a piece of cardstock so the bottoms are positioned where I want them (the length at the top doesn’t matter), then used the largest of the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out a card front.
They are only glued towards the top so the bottoms can lift a little off the card and create some dimension. The card base is Whisper White run through the subtle texture embossing folder. The Well Written Dies are a recent arrival on my craft desk and I am so glad they are carrying over into the new catalogue because I have a feeling I am going to be using them ALOT!
This card was a real scrap buster, using up lots of little pieces I had left from making the mini album with Garden Impressions DSP that I made last week. They are all trimmed to 1″ and again glued towards the top only at different heights.
I could not find a sentiment that worked on this card but after a long time trying all sorts of options I decided that nothing was working because I liked it best left alone. It’s nice to have some pretty “all purpose” cards on hand.
My third card is very much inspired by all the beautiful projects I’ve seen lately – many of them by the CTC crew in our weekly blog hops – using the Floral Romance suite. I have hardly used this DSP at all, even though I think it is beautiful. Maybe too beautiful to cut up, especially the printed vellum. I tend not to do soft and pretty cards so this was stepping outside of my comfort zone a bit.
The two narrow banners were hand snipped rather than punched – not particularly accurately since I had a nine month old climbing up my leg and trying to get Mummy’s attention at the time, so I just eyeballed it. It’s fine, lol!! But for sure the punch is much neater and more consistent.
I hope this gives you an idea of how to use up some of those pretty scraps you are holding onto. Make some banners and get them on some cards!!
If this or any other project on the CTC blog hop inspires you, please share your creation with us by posting it to our Facebook wall via this link.
And keep on hopping next to the lovely Rachel to see what punch she’s going to miss in its retirement. She, along with several other lovely people in the crew, encouraged me to still post these projects, although she did do her homework properly and is definitely sharing a retiring punch with you.
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