Stamp School! Playing with Punches & Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels!

Howdy friends! Today we are going to talk about the power of a paper punch! These are workhorses of any stampers studio and if you buy wisely you can end up with a ton of looks from just a few versatile punches.


I have to admit, I don’t have a ton of punches and the ones I use the most are basic: Circles, scalloped circles, flowers, tags and generic design elements like this mosaic punch (that I just got in the mail today and I think will b a new favorite-prepare to be sick of me using this LOL!) and labels.

Watch this video to learn more about punches and see how I made this card in real-time!



Reasons why punches are handy:

  1. All in one tool, no die cut machine to fuss with.
  2. Quick, cute shape, no cutting!
  3. Versatile: Google “punch art” to see really creative ideas of embellishments you can make with basic shapes, you will animals, Sesame Street characters, minions and more made from basic shape punches!
  4. You can make use of small scraps of paper that otherwise might be thrown away.
  5. Portability: It is easier to grab a few punches to take to a crop instead of a machine and dies.

Punch Tips!

  1. Choose basic designs to start, a circle or oval will be more useful than a balloon shape BUT you can easily make a balloon from a circle or oval!
  2. The more detailed the design (like a lacy corner) the more limited you will be with materials it will cut. Die cuts are generally better for really intricate designs.
  3. If a punch sticks you can put it in the freezer and it will usually pop back. You can clean and sharpen punches by punching through aluminum foil and use WD40 or another light oil to lubricate them if they stick, just punch through scrap paper until no grease remains.
  4. Make sure to buy the designs you will use the most from a quality brand but it is OK to get the $1 novelty ones you are only likely to use a few times too. πŸ™‚


I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have punches you give it a try! You can always trace stencils or use die cuts to get the look that I have here. The most important thing is to use what you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


9 Responses

  1. I love how this looks! I am really interested in this product and how it compares to other crayons. I don’t think they are available anywhere right now, but I hope to see your other comparison video soon πŸ™‚


  2. That is really nifty! I am going to try it. Where do you get your watercolor cards? I tried at a large Michael’s recently but they wanted me to buy a watercolor pad and cut if down…


    • I order then online, Jerry’s Artarama has the best price and they offer a 25% off coupon on your first order, just check retailmenot for a coupon code. I get the 100 pack because I go through so many.

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  3. Thanks for the video. I have been wondering which punches would be best. I only have a couple small corner ones. I was wondering about the comparison to dies. Love your card too. wouldn’t have thought of doing that with punches. Betty


  4. Great video and thanks for the tips on how to clean out the punches!


  5. Love the video on punches. Just FYI, I have had one handle on the Fiskars squeeze-type punch snap off. I crazy glued it back on and haven’t had any other issues. However, I do prefer other styles of punches because they are easier to store and take up less room than the Fiskars punches.


  6. I was a “punch-a-holic” before the wafer thin dies became so popular so I have way more punches than any sane person should have. Sad to say I could open a store! πŸ™‚ They are so much handier than dies, but storage is not easy since I have all styles and sizes of punches. I agree with your thoughts on the Fiskars squeeze punches. I have quite a few of them and always feel that they would break easily if I tried using anything much heavier than the cheapo 65lb. cardstock from the big box stores. So, I’m very careful with that style of punch and so far I’ve not had one break. I do prefer the sturdier punches, though as they just seem like a better investment since even with coupons, they are all expensive. Thanks for the video and info about the oil pastels.


  7. Okay, this technique really speaks to me! Lol! I can’t wait to go through my punches now. I haven’t tried stamping with my watercolor crayons, so I’m going to give it a go. As always, thanks for all your tutorials!!!


  8. I’m gonna try this back at home. Didn’t know the results using punches that way would produce this results. I would really like to see the comparison using cheap pastels. Thanks!


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