3 Things I Don't Punch Everyday and Some Projects With Them

This was a challenge to myself to use three materials that are not in my everyday range. They might be in yours, in which case, I would love to see what you make with them! 

I have been very punch inspired lately, going in all directions. It started with decorating artist canvases and moved onto lighted wall art. Then I was inspired to see where else punches could go.

Paper punches are designed to punch paper and for the most part, we use them on scrapbook paper and cardstock. I used the same scalloped round punch for each of my challenge projects. Scallop punch in hand, I walked through my studio, house, and garage, sticking things in the punch to see what might work.

These are the first three materials that jumped out at me, and the simple projects I did with them. 

I offer quick instructions. Maybe they will entice you to try them... or take your own paper punch around the house testing.....

A textbook nobody would buy back.

 Punch 8 textbook flowers and one white cardstock flower.

 Fold each textbook flower in half and in half again.

 Put a dab of hot glue in the center of the cardstock flower. Place 4 folded pieces with points in the glue. Repeat with remaining four flowers, offset from the first layer.

 Glue a button or gem in the center. Glue a pinback or magnet to backside. These are practically free to make! 

Window Screen

 Punch out 4 or 5 flowers of screen and one of red cardstock.

 Stitch all layers together with a button in the center. Bend up some of the screen flower edges. Excellent texture!

 Use for any decoration. I like it dressing up this small gift box. 

Freezer Paper

 Punch out five freezer paper flowers. Iron them (shiny side down) to the leg of a pair of jeans. Place duct tape (mine is white), around them forming a box of denim with 5 paper flowers inside.

 Cover the exposed denim with bleach from a Clorox Bleach Pen. I used the widest tip on the pen, and brushed from the paper onto the denim to keep the edges crisp.

 It takes awhile for bleach to work on denim. I let mine sit overnight before I removed the tape and the freezer paper flowers.

 Squiggle around them with dimensional fabric paint. I used white, but a color would be interesting too.

As a crafter/designer, I am required to use both right and left brain to complete a job. A good project needs clear instructions (left brain), but a creative, innovative project (right brain) starts the process. When I get deep into the left brain activities of writing, invoicing, mailing, etc, I find a challenge a good way to keep the right brain exercised. Even a simple challenge is a terrific way to stay fresh.

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4 creative thoughts:

CreatingCures { April 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM }
How cool are these? Am I reading this right... you can take freezer paper and iron it right onto the jeans??? I keep looking in stores for jeans with fun designs on the leg but refuse to spend $$$$ - I can't wait to try this! Thanks ~~T
Kim { April 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM }
Yes, freezer paper is a super inexpensive alternative to stencils!
The Diplomat { April 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM }
These are great projects--hadn't ever thought of punching screen with paper punches before! Love the pin using the textbook a lot! So simple, fast yet looks cool!
Aunt B { April 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM }
Good ideas here. Thank you for sharing them. :)

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