Saturday, November 20, 2010

happy scrappiness

I don't really scrapbook, and I only make cards by hand a few times a year, so it may seem strange that I have an incredible fondness for paper punches.
This is a glimpse of my collection. I acknowledge that it may be overwhelming.

Here is one of my favorite ways to use them:

1. After I finish painting, my palettes are often covered with tiny dots and shallow pools of unused paint. I paint the excess onto index cards or canvas paper.

2. After I've collected a little assortment of dried, painted papers, I start punching. This punch from Martha Stewart's holiday collection is incredibly adorable, don't you think?

Most of the punch-outs are pretty just as they are:
It's also fun to add painted details:
After just a few minutes, a menagerie develops:
They'll be great to keep on hand for upcoming projects...ideas are abundant!

4 comments:

M.M.E. said...

What a great way to use your leftover paints! I hope you show some of the great cards and projects you make with the cut-outs!

Elephant Trunk Studio said...

Great idea! I must try this. Thanks for sharing. :)

Stephanie said...

I love paper punches too! Great idea =)

Dita Maulani said...

Lovely!
I'm into paper so much and this one is great idea. I'd love to use paper with water colour as the background too for my quotation.

Dita
http://handmadenest.blogspot.com