Tuesday, May 31, 2011

tuesday...Threading Waters punch tutorials

Since so many of you asked about the Fiskars Treading Water Border Punch, I decided to do a step by step on how I did my tag.

paper: Basic Grey, Crate;
ribbon: Fancy Pants Ribbon Celebrate;
punch: Fiskars Treading Water Border Punch;
stamp: Fiskars Acrylic Stamps All Year Greetings;
tools: Fiskars Stylus, Fiskars Personal Trimmer
other: hemp cord, Prima packaging, flowers

To make the ribbon strip

Step 1. Punch out a strip of paper using your Fiskars Treading Water Border Punch.

Step 2. Cut the strip of paper to 1" (you can do this before or after step 1). Turn the strip around and punch on the other side to get a symmetrical ribbon design. You can use like this on you can weave thin ribbon through the holes to embellish the strip of paper.

To make the flower

Step 1. Punch out a 1" strip of paper on only one of the sides.

Step 2. Fold back and forth on each scallop like so. I used my Fiskars stylus and a ruler to do this.

Step 3. Glue down both ends together and add a scrap of paper to the back for support like so. I used a 1" circle punched out of scraps for mine.

Step 4. Embellish the front of the flower however you want. I added some hemp rope to mine and inked the edges for dimension (see finished tag).

To punch around the page

Step 1. Punch out a small strip of scrap paper and put it aside. Punch out another bigger piece of scrap away from the edges. Layer the smaller scrap (mine is cream) on top of your bigger scrap (mine is blue) like the picture above. Make sure that that the corner hole aligns well and that the smaller strip is at a right angle with the bigger strip of paper. Make a mark on the edge of the smaller strip of paper.

Step 2. Cut out the excess paper from your bigger strip using your Fiskars Personal Trimmer. Alight both strips of paper again and punch out the other side around the corner.

Step 3. You should now have something that looks like this. This is your template and is very important-do not loose it!  :)

Step 4. Use your template to work on your project's corner. You can either mark it with a pencil , remove the template and then punch or you can punch directly over the template, turning the punch over to make sure that the template aligns with the project.

Step 5. Again, use the template to make a line to later cut your project to size.

Step 6. To finish your project, you will again use the template to make the corner. You will encounter something like this. Punch one side first and then the other.

Add your embellies, ribbon, flowers, and sentiment to a Prima packaging and your tag is done.

Remember that practice makes perfect with this punch! Enjoy & have a wonderful rest of the week! :)


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Jun 10:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. your Prima package continues to hold together beauty


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