Thursday, 28 April 2011

Three Minute Thursday - using the Ornament punch

Good morning! It's Thursday and time for one of my quickie cards, and today I thought I'd bring out my Ornament punch. I can hear you all wondering if I've run mad! Surely, you're thinking, that punch coordinates with Christmas decorations! Well, yes it does - for example on this card - but the Ornament punch, like a dog, is not just for Christmas. Come and see what I've used it for:

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No - it's a vase! This is a very popular way of using the ornament punch, and means that it works hard all the year round. If you use the punch off the edge of a piece of card stock, you get a nice flat base to your vase and if you use textured card stock as I have here, it adds extra interest.

There are many stalks of flowers and branches that would work beautifully in the vase (Pocket Silhouettes, Hopeful Thoughts, Autumn Days, Nature Walk - okay, I want to try them all now!) but today I've used the beautiful irises from Just Believe - a perfect spring image.

Here's the gorgeous flowing 'thanks' from Thank You Kindly again. I just love this sentiment stamp - there's so much movement in it.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 9cm x 18cm piece of Whisper White card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
  • Colour the iris image from Just Believe with Perfect Plum and Old Olive markers and stamp onto the card front. Add definition with a Basic Black marker if you like.
  • Cut a vase shape out of textured card stock using the Ornament punch. TIP: Hold the punch upside down so that you can see what you're punching, and punch off the edge of the card stock to get a nice flat base to your vase. Daubing the edge of the vase with Old Olive ink will add definition.
  • Mask off the top of the card front with a post-it note and sponge a surface for your vase to sit on. TIP: Making folds in the sponge will give an interesting texture.
  • Now glue your vase over the flowers so that it looks as if the stems are inside the neck.
  • Stamp a sentiment using a stamp-a-majig for accurate placement.

Stamps: Just Believe, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Basic Black
Card stock: Whisper White, Old Olive textured
Other: Ornament punch, markers

One of my biggest crafting problems is not having enough time to make everything I think of but I think I might be able to find a few minutes to try out some different plants in the vase... watch this space!

EDITED TO ADD: You knew I wouldn't be able to resist! Here's a very different version using the small Greenhouse Garden flower. Note the differently shaped vase! It's easy to create different shapes by adjusting how far off the edge of the card stock you punch.

This one took a little longer but was still very quick! You have got to try this vase idea - it is so much fun! The Ornament punch costs £15.50 and just think how useful it would be! Don't forget that you can order your Stampin' Up supplies from me - I'm always very happy to help and offer a friendly and efficient service. Just click here to email me or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Thank you for dropping in today and thank you for your comments and emails. I always reply to my readers - although sometimes I'm unable to because there isn't a link back to a blog or email address. (If this is you, please know that I tried!)

See you tomorrow,


  1. Very clever use of the ornament punch - I especially like the second one, the colours are gorgeous - Jacqueline xx.

  2. Fab cards Vicky. I too love to use the ornament punch to create vases. The first card is my favourite, love the iris image you've used form Just Believe!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  3. WOW Vicky . . . that's a great idea for a "Christmas" punch. Shame the ONLY SU item I own is the Lovely As A Tree stamp set!!!! I can see I need MORE SU stuff!

    You make some terrific cards.

    Hugs, Sandra

  4. Great cards, I especially like the colours of the 2nd one!
    Val x

  5. These are fab Vicky, you have such a creative mind to see these different ideas in your punches. Love the shape and colour of the second vase best and your shading is perfect too :)
    Jenny x

  6. I'm bowled over by the creativeness of your mind. This is ingenious and I love how the sponging adds the 3d effect. Just so inspired
    C x

  7. Both cards are lovely! I think I'll have to dig out my ornament punch and dust it off!

  8. I love both of your cards today, I couldn't choose a favourite one. But your sponging is so fab I need to take lessons from you !!! A xx

  9. Hi there, excellent use of your punch, beautiful flower stamps too, love your cards here:0) xxx

  10. Both lovely cards Vicky, can't make up my mind which I like best! I've used this punch as a vase as well, and I like it as a vase better than an ornament I think :0)
    Have a great weekend
    Margarte x

  11. Hi Vicky
    What can i say ....gorgeous ...Gorgeous ....Love it

  12. I love your cards... very pretty. love your distressing techniques, your cards are always just so elegant :)

    m thinking of getting a few things from summer catalogue but hv some questions, will mail you :)

  13. Way too cool! This may be a "popular" way of using the ornament punch, but I've not seen it before. Marvelous cards, as always. Thanks for the guidance & inspiration.

  14. Soooo pretty Vicky. This reminds me that (hopefully soon) my irises will be making an appearance!

  15. This is a wonderful idea. Love when something is used in an "out-of-the-box" way.

  16. Love the textured paper for the vases, Vicky. Both cards look great!

  17. I like doing this too but your cards look much better! Love the base you've created for them especially the orange card. x

  18. Oh my goodness, I've had that punch for ages and have meant to use it in this way but never have. Thanks for the reminder! That second card with all the earthy orange tones is a masterpiece.

  19. This is sooooo clever! love! love! love!

    Now I can dig out my punch and not wait till Christmas. Thank you.

    Malyn at ThinkInkCreative


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