Friday, 14 May 2010

Bah! Humbug! 18 - Punched Borders

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.


Ann said...

ah Max thank you for saying lovely things about me. Blushing here!
The tutorial is here...
Your card is stunning as always.
Ann xxx

the crafty duck said...

Hi Max, fabby card, love your punching, would never have guessed it wasn't a Christmas punch!! I have no Christmas border punches either but am just getting into border punching myself so you never know!! I may just end up with one, lots of love Steph

Irene said...

Morning Max

Oh you make the most amazing and fabby cards ever. Gorgeous colours and a fabby ribbon. This is another stunner and do I detect a little cuttling ??


Aquarius said...

Great card and well done for being resourceful with your punch. I don't have a seasonal border punch so will have to get the thinking cap on too. Val

Susan.... said...

Fab card Max !
susan x

Debs said...

Fab card Max, I am another one who hasn't got a Christmas border punch and have had to improvise. Debs xx

Wedgie said...

Gorgeous card Max - my cat Salem is currently sat on my lap and he thinks so too...he keeps trying to tap the keyboard with his paws!

Wedgie xxx

starcyl said...

Stunning card Max, I am another who doesn't have a seasonal punch so had to improvise. I have even used a punch from the same set as you used, courtesy of Ann finding them at an incredible price.

Jenny x

Glitzzynews blogspot said...

card is fantastic,luv borders,
Luv Maureen x

Emma said...

So beautiful and gorgeous colour combo.
Hugs Emma x

KraftyKoolKat said...

Great colours Max. Cathy xxx