Tips for using paper punches

Paper punches are great tools for card making and adding embellishments to other projects. Here are a couple of tips that will help you use your paper punches more effectively. They will also save you some pain and some strain!

Typically, people want to use punches like this - insert the paper and go, right?

Try this instead: Stamp your image first (if you are using one), turn your punch over so that you can see the 'working' side of your punch. You might need to trim your paper a little, but you'll be able to align your image with the punch:

One more tip. What about when you have a punch that cuts out multiple items like our Bird Builder punch? In this example, we want the branches/leaves and not the bird, so cut a thin strip of card stock and insert it into the punch where the branch is located. You'll find it much easier (physically) to punch one shape instead of all three. This is a great way to use up scraps of card stock, too!

Got a little bit of the wing, too - but that's okay.

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