Tutorial: Paper Piercing
Thanks to Karen for today’s tutorial. You all know Karen from the sketch challenges and all her other work on the Stars and Stamps blog. You can see more of her creations on her blog at Feline Creative. Karen writes:
Paper piercing is a method of decorating paper by inserting a needle thru the paper (piercing it) to make a series of small holes that create a design or pattern. There are several paper piercing templates available depending on what design you are looking for. I mostly paper pierce around the edge of my images because I love how it softens the look. When creating landscape or wildlife scenes paper piercing gives the allusion of bringing the edge of the image in a little so the scene no longer looks like it runs off the edge of the paper.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to paper pierce around the edge of your images.
Before we get started, here is a look at the supplies you will need: a mat, paper piercing tool and paper piercing template.
Next, cut the image to the finished size you want to work with leaving a little space around the edge so that you don’t paper pierce the image itself. Lay the image on the mat and place the template over the image lining up the template so that the gridlines are lined up with the edge of your cardstock. This will ensure that your pierced holes are even all the way around the image. Push the paper piercing tool into each hole in the outside row of holes around the edge of the cardstock. When you complete one side simply turn the image, line up the template again and continue until you’ve pierced holes all the way around the image.
Some fun variations are to pierce designs in the corners (triangles, photo corners, etc.) or to pierce two rows around the image. Wherever your creativity takes you, hope you have lots of fun!