Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Mouse Nibbled My Paper...Or It's Time to Replace a Tool

Playing with negative space to emphasize a "missing you" message is nothing new, but it's still fun...until you pull out an "anywhere" hole punch and discover that it's so dull it mangles your paper rather than punching it.

The two larger holes were made with standard punches, but the smallest one was made with a leather punch (like this one) I bought originally for making holes for book binding. You whack it with a mallet, which makes a terrific noise and is always fun for scaring the daylights out of an unsuspecting spouse!

Those things are awesome for cutting through even 8-ply mat board, but they do get dull eventually, and mine clearly has if it can't cut through card stock after five or six hard whacks.

Still, it is a cool card, isn't it, even if it does look a bit nibbled?

stamps: Papertrey Father Knows Best
ink: Memento
paper: Papertrey
accessories: DoodleBug enamel dots, punches, leather punches


  1. Very cool card - and unique! I love that about your cards!

  2. Cute as can be - you are so clever!

  3. It is a very cool card! Way to go!

  4. Was a genius idea! This is fantastic. The weird thing is that today I made a very 'spotty' card with enamel dots and thought about putting holes for them to poke through but wasn't sure it would look right. Well, you have proved me wrong and now I really need to give this a go.

  5. Very cool! Love that the person who's doing the missing is 'blue'!

  6. Love the enamel dots. They bring a spark to your card.

  7. Super idea to have the dots poke out from the inside!

  8. Hi Susan. What a fabulous card. I think it's just great. Have you seen this punch? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Woodware-Book-Drill-6-sizes/dp/B0067XLB7U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1400858201&sr=8-2&keywords=japanese+hole+punch. It works like a yankee screwdriver, you just push down. It creates the neatest of edges and nice littel dots to use elsewhere. I would imagine something similar would be available in the US and it's very easy to use and quiet. This one stores the drill bits in the handle.


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