Tip of the Week
Do you have a problem deciding what punch will fit a certain phrase or if what shape will fit where you want it?
You can solve this problem with a business card wheel. You can find these at different business supply places. The purpose is to keep important business cards organized and easy to find. Why not use this to keep negatives of you punch shapes. The holder has plastic sleeves to slide business cards in.
Cut your cardstock the size of a business card. Punch your shape out. Use the negative to slide in the sleeve. When needed, you can lay the negative over the verse to see if it will fit, or the shape at different places on the card to see where it would fit best.
If you do not want to purchase a business card wheel, you can always use a key chain holder, cut cardstock pages and punch the shape out. Then punch a whole at the top of the card and place it on the key ring. Always mark the name of the punch on the card. The problem with this is, the cards can get dirty and the edges bent. With the business card wheel, the punched cards are protected.
I recently made one using acrylic sheets, I used a thin pointed Sharpie Marker and traced the punched out sheet. Then I wrote the name and number of the punch from my Stampin'Up catalog. Another way you can make your own wheel, is purchase the very small plastic bags, using found in the cake decorating or the jewelry making section of your local craft store. Your cut out cardstock and punched. Then slide them in these bags to protect them from getting dirty.
Take the guess work out of what punch to use for a stamped image buy making a punch shape ring for future use.