Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Love that lacing!

     I have a Kraft Journal tutorial for you today that's easy peasy.  I love the look of laced panels on cards and scrapbook pages and have used that technique several times in the past.  Recently I read a post on one of the scrapper blogs I subscribed to called Gerrys Scrappy Life (the link will take you straight to her tutorial).  In the past I used an eyelet setter and eyelets to create the holes for the lacing, but she showed how to do it with edge punches.  They're a lot easier on the hands and more even than the hand done way.
     All you need is an edge punch that will work for the lacing and some designer paper or cardstock.  I've used some Brown Kraft and Buff Ivory cardstocks so you can see the details easily.  I can't really give you any measurements because it will depend upon the size of your project and the width you decide you want between the panel edges.

     For this card I cut a panel of the Brown kraft 5.5" x 11" and punched one short edge.  I trimmed it off at about 1.25" so I'd have some play room.  It was trimmed smaller later.  Taking the larger leftover pieces of Brown kraft I repeated the punched edge.  After that it's just a matter of figuring how much to trim off your pieces.

     You will get different looks depending upon what type of edge punch you use.  I was going to use the same one Gerry used in her tutorial but broke the punch.  grrrrrrrrr

     Anyway, here's what the finished card looks like with the panels laced with some Earthy hemp cord and a Scalloped Grungy Prim tag sentiment.

     Hope you'll give it a try.  It's really simple and gives a great decorative element to your project.
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers--no floral embellishments
Heart Song Inspirations--border punches or torn paper
Hooked on Craft--try something new
Karen's Doodles--Valentine's/love
Make It Monday--anything goes
Mygrafico--love and valentines
Paper Creations Ink--die cuts and/or punches

     Be blessed!

Other Supplies

"I Love You This Much" from Sassy Cheryl's Stamps, Copic XPress-it Blending card, Copics
Fiskars edge punch, Recollections pearls, Marvy white gel pen, Micron Sepia pen


  1. Oh, Tracy!! Thanks so much for the fun technique tutorial! I'm really going to have to try this's wonderful! I'll be looking at border punches in a whole new way! Your card is so lovely! The image is adorable! :o)

  2. OMG - this is fabulous! I'm going to start looking at all of my punches in a different way now. You are a creative genius!!!

  3. OMG - this is fabulous! I'm going to start looking at all of my punches in a different way now. You are a creative genius!!!

  4. Oh, how very cool! And what endless possibilities with all the fabulous punches out there. This is fabulous, Tracy!

  5. Tracy, your card is awesome! That punch is so perfect for this technique. Hugs, Sarah

  6. Oh what a great tutorial Tracy and your card is so lovely!
    Hugs Heidy

  7. Love this look and how you laced the cord through the edge! I have always punched two both sides of a narrow strip of paper to create a lace using my Fiskars border punches, but I've never thought to use the negative space. That will add a whole new set of uses to my punches. Thanks. (I posted a link on the Fiskateers message board - I hope you don't mind).

  8. This is brilliant, Tracy! I love the lacing on your project and thanks for sharing how you did it! Super job!

  9. This is exquisite! I love how you used the border punch and the lacing and pearls are so beautiful this way! Cute image and the sentiment is sweet!

  10. Brilliant tutorial, such a smart find! But then again you ARE such a clever girl, aren't you!!

  11. Brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial! Thank you so much for linking up at MIM! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM; the more comments left, the greater your chance of winning!
    Good luck!
    Rene :D

  12. Awww, Tracy - your cleverness and creativity never cease to amaze me, and this time is no exception!!! I have saved it to my tutorial file - thank you, thank you, thank you so much for sharing! wendy xx

  13. A great card using a great idea. Love that image. Thanx for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

  14. What a fabulous idea. I am off to try this myself. Thanks so much for joining us at Hooked on Craft.

  15. Looks amazing.. I just love the way it looks!! And once again the image you used is amazing. I just love it..

    Hugs, Linda

  16. Thank You For Joining Paper Creations Ink; We Always Enjoy Seeing Your Creative Talents! We hope that your New Year is off to a grand start!

  17. Hi Tracy
    Love that border and the lacing is great too, fabulous card! Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

  18. Oh Wow! Another technique to try... This is really neat, thanks for sharing. I popped on over from MIM.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  19. Great project. Thanks for joining us at Paper Creations Ink. Hugs, Julia - DT

  20. Fabulous idea, thank you so much for sharing. I'm going to have a go at that for sure! stunning card, very very nice. Best wishes, Jill x

  21. Wonderful tutorial and a beautiful card! I love how you 'laced' across the borders - so pretty! So glad you joined us at Heart Song Inspirations this week! Hugs, Shannah xox

  22. Another beautiful card and a special tahnks for showing us all how to use our border punches in a different way.

  23. What a lovely card and the girly is so cute.
    Thanks for playing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.
    hugs Kimx


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