This week our challenge is Punched Borders and I must confess I wondered what on earth I was going to do as the only border punch I own shows a trail of baby feet. Hmmmmm ... not exactly appropriate for this challenge really.
Then I remembered my Bah! Humbugger! Buddy Ann had posted a tutorial some months ago, showing how to use Papermania Ornate Punches differently. I remembered enough to have a play around with some scrap paper and managed to create a decorative border using this ornate punch. If you'l like to try Ann's tutorial then click this link: Ann's Punched Frame Tutorial
Anyway ... here's the finished card with not one, but two decorative borders.
As you will see, I sliced off about an inch from the front of the red card blank before adding a strip of gold mirri card down the edge at the back so that the decorative pattern would show up a little better against it.
I punched 2 strips of leafy patterned paper and then inked on the reverse with Pearl Ivy Dew Drop ink pad to colour the white side. When dry they were attached with double sided tape to the card front, overhanging where the portion of card had been removed on the right. A panel of red textured card with a central strip of gold mirri was then placed over the top to secure them in place and also served to neaten up any (not so tidy) edges.
The Christmas wreath was embossed with the cuttlebug onto another piece of leafy patterned paper and then cut out before adding it to a ring of white card for extra stability. Some red glitter holly berries were added with a gold ribbon bow at the top and this was then added to the gold panel with foam pads, along with a wee greeting. I may ... or may not ... add some snowy highlights at a later date.
So ... don't think you can't play along this time just because you haven't got a border punch. Take a look at what punches you have got and improvise - you may surprise yourself with how inventive you can be!
For more inspiration and ideas, check out the other DT projects at Bah! Humbug! including another lovely card from Steph, our May Guest Designer. We'd love to see your projects too so don't forget to leave us a link.