Stampers’ Q&A: What Punches are the Best?

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Here is a common question that came to me this week from Lisa:

"In so many videos I watch, there’s layering of a small circle onto a different color larger circle…then ultimately matted onto an even larger scalloped circle, etc…
I guess I’m just wondering what punches you’d recommend for me to have in my crafting arsenal…lol.  I have a Cricut and have many cartridges that can cut circles any size…yet sometimes I find I just like the ease of reaching for a punch and calling it good…so…which punches would you recommend as the "must-have’s that I use over and over?"

This is such a terrific question, I thought I would address it here for this week’s Stampers Q&A.  Hold on to your hats, ladies (and gents!) there is a lot of info here, 2 fabulous projects (at least I think so ;) and a video showing you the goods!!

My very favorite punches that I use over and over and over again are:

  • 119861 1 1/4" Circle Punch
  • 119850 1 3/8" Circle Punch
  • 119854 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
  • 119855 1 3/4 x 7/8" Oval
  • 119856 Scallop Oval
  • 117191 2 Step Bird Punch
  • 119849 Modern Label Punch
  • 119857 Word Window Punch

You can see I used the 1 3/8" Circle Punch and Scallop Circle Punch on this card that I made for 2sketches4you.  I also used the Faux Suede Technique on the strip of Riding Hood Red for IncyWincyDesigns. 


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  • Silhouette Sentiments Hostess Stamp Set
  • STAMPIN’ UP CARDSTOCK: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
  • STAMPIN’ UP INK PADS:  Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
  • STAMPIN’ UP ACCESSORIES:  119861 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 119854 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Victoria Crochet TrimVintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Cutter Kit, Love Story Designer Series Paper



For this card, I used my Extra Large Oval Punch to make the pumpkin.  

The Word Window and Modern Label Punches with the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set…those three are a PERFECT combination for adding just the right greeting to any card! 


  • STAMPIN’ UP CARDSTOCK:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
  • STAMPIN’ UP ACCESSORIES:  Waffle Paper, Wicked Fun Specialty Paper, Sweet and Sour Specialty Paper, Extra Large Oval Punch, Leaves Big Shot Die, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch 

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This card was inspired by the sketch at Papercraft Planet, Paperplaytime (use mostly orange) and Simplyscrapping (use pumpkins!), Oh-la-la (nothing floral), squigglefly (celebration).

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  • Sharon October 11, 2010, 9:35 pm

    This is just a wonderful card! Love how you used punches to make the pumpkin! Beautiful!! Thanks for playing in paper with us at Paper Playtime!!! :)

  • Rosemarie Diehl October 11, 2010, 11:22 pm

    So pretty! Thanks for playing along this week at 2S4Y!

  • Nikki C October 12, 2010, 1:31 am

    Great faux suede and fab use of punches too Thanks for Playing Incy Wincy this Week
    Hugs Nikki and the rest of the DT

  • Wendi October 12, 2010, 3:41 am

    What a gorgeous card I love those embossed pumpkins pretty papers too
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  • Maria Matter October 12, 2010, 9:00 am

    beautiful cards Catherine!
    love the punched pumpkin…the embossing is brilliant!

  • Janis October 12, 2010, 10:45 am

    Beautiful pumpkin card. Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime. :) Janis

  • Ooh La La October 13, 2010, 8:05 am

    Sumptuous card, love the technique. Thank you for sharing with us at OLL. Hugs x

  • Holly October 13, 2010, 11:15 am

    Wonderful card! Thanks for playing in the Squigglefly challenge.

  • Catherine October 13, 2010, 5:22 pm

    Thank you so much for your comments! I love reading them!

  • kazan October 14, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Wow that is a beauty Catherine – love the demo too :)
    Thanks for joining us this week at 2S4Y

  • Sandra October 15, 2010, 7:05 pm

    Such a great pumpkin card I love the embossing TFS at PPT!

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