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It's in the details...

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Hey all!  I'm excited to share my first ever PTI newsletter project with you today!  If you're like me, you think that the little details are really what make a card interesting and give it that little extra something that makes you look twice. 

Well, today I'm going to show you a little technique that is soooo easy and uses the most basic tools. It's not a new technique, but one that I think can very easily add some spunk to your projects...It's piercing!  I love the look....you can make it contemporary looking, or it can give your projects sort of a vintage, lacey look, depending on the materials you're using and the patterns you are creating. 

Let's get started....

There are several tools you can use...you can purchase a basic piercing tool like this one from Making Memories.  But you really don't even need that!  I usually just use a heavy-weight needle...any sharp, pointy object will work, really!  You'll also want something to use as a mat.  A foam stamping mat, a mouse pad, or just a piece of fun foam will work. 

Then just think about all of the ways you can use piercing.  You can trace around a design like I did for this flower.  Just lay your stamped design on your mat and begin piercing.  Try to keep the spacing as even as you can for a polished look.

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Used your stamped images as a guide...notice how I pierced inside each little scallop on the inside of the flower.  It really makes the image pop. 

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And then consider making your own designs, rather than just following the stamped images.  I wanted to create some trails for my butterflies.  I drew them lightly with pencil first, so I'd have a guide to follow.  I also wanted to pierce a line beneath my sentiment, so I drew a pencil lines as a guide there as well.

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Then just follow your pencil lines and erase them when you're finished.

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It's also fun to jazz up your background stamps with a little piercing.  Just follow the design and do as little or as much as you want!

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It's a great way to add texture and dimension....

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On this next card, I stamped a bunch of background images using Fresh Snow ink on Kraft cardstock.  I then added lots of piercing to give it a lacey look. 

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For the flower and leaves on this card, I cut them out around the piercing.  I love the way they look!

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I also added some piercing around the scalloped edge and around the outside edges as a frame.

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 Well, there you have it...two cards using very basic supplies...stamps and cardstock with a few buttons thown in, but it's the details that make them special!  Try it...it's kind of addicting!  :-)

1-Supplies 
Butterfly Card:
Stamps:  Blooming Button Bits, Butterfly Kisses, Giga Guidelines, Background Basics: Diamonds
Ink:  Fresh Snow, Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest
Cardstock:  Rustic Cream, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest
Other:  Spring Moss, Hibiscus and Orange Zest buttons, Rustic Cream button twine

Flower Card:
Stamps:  Blooming Button Bits, Background Basics: Diamonds, Background Basics: Retro, Giga Guidelines, Background Basics: Petal Power
Ink:  Fresh Snow, Hibiscus, Spring Moss
Cardstock:  Kraft, Stamper's Select WhiteHibiscus Burst
Other:  Rustic button, Rustic Cream button twine

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