Friday, 20 December 2013

Going crackers with the Mosaic Punch




These crackers are all the rage since the arrival of the Envelope Punch Board.

However, I tried making one using cardstock and the board and didn’t feel comfortable about the amount of pressure I needed to apply to punch through a double thickness of cardstock. So, rather than risk my beloved Envelope Punch Board, I used the Mosaic Punch instead.

A cracker like this is a fun way to wrap a medium-sized gift such as a scarf or a few pairs of socks. But you will notice that smaller items could fall out – you can remedy this with two squares of cardstock on the insides of the ends – remember not to add them until after you’ve inserted the gift though!

I used a tutorial by UK demonstrator Caroline Hallet.

I used a piece of 12x12 textured Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut down to 12” x 9½”
Put the short side up against the top of the Simply Scored tool and score along the length at:           

2¼”            
4½”            
6¾”            
9”

Turn your cardstock 90º and put the long edge up against the top of the Simply Scored tool.  Score along the width at:                        
2¼”            
2¾”           
3¼”

Turn your cardstock 180º and score again at the above measurements.

Next you punch out as shown in Caroline’s video – I used the Mosaic Punch, pushing it in just under halfway. As you’re punching a double thickness, it’s a lot easier than using the Envelope Punch Board, although the board should be fine for crackers made from DSP.

The DSP to decorate measures 5” x 1 7/8”

Stamps: Greetings of the Season
Cardstock: Textured Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Old Olive, Silver Glimmer Paper
Paper: Season of Style DSP stack
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Festive Flurries Framelits dies, Chalk Marker

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