Add some PUNCH to your next project!

Hi readers! TGIF! Please join me in welcoming back the fabulous Richele Christensen back to our blog as a guest designer! She’s made a perfectly lovely friend card using some fabulous Tim Holtz and Ranger products! Read on for the full tutorial!

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Hello friends! Hope you’re having a crafty day!

Today is all about punches and a fun background technique with the new Distress Micro Glaze. The card has a soft watercolor feel made with Layering Stencil and Distress Inks. I hope you are loving the new Distress Colors as much as I am…like Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron, love this color combination. What is your favorite color of NEW Distress Ink?

Have you seen the new Tim Holtz Alteration Paper Punches? They’re awesome!
Punches have always been a favorite of mine, they are easy to use and you can punch several items quickly. The new Tim Holtz Alterations Paper Punches have been designed with lots of features for easy storage and great functionality.


• Lockable latch for stackable storage and they’re indexed on the end for quick identification.

• Ergonomic comfort-grip design that won’t pinch your hand.

• Stacks on the end for easy storage in a drawer.

• Several of the punches fit Tim’s Idea-ology pieces so you can customize the charms. Like Cash Keys and Collage Keys, Type Charms, Heart Charms and Shield Charms.



1. Place Wallflower Layering Stencil over Watercolor Cardstock and trace the flowers with Distress Markers.

2. Smooth out the flowers with a Detail Waterbrush.

3. Spray flowers with water, blot off excess with a paper towel and dry with a heat tool. Don’t worry if it blends out.

4. Apply a thin layer of Distress Glaze using a Mini Ink Blending Tool with foam. You only need a little. Distress Micro Glaze is used to create a waterproof/smudge proof finish and is ideal for sealing Distress Inks, markers and more.


5. Apply Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink to your Craft Sheet and spray with water.

6. Swipe card through ink and dry with a heat tool. Drying between the layer will help the colors not get muddy.

7. Apply Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to your Craft Sheet and spray with water.

8. Swipe card through ink and dry with a heat tool.

9. Apply Abandon Coral and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink directly to your Craft Sheet and spray with water.

10. Swipe Watercolor Cardstock through the ink. Repeat as desired.


11. Punch butterflies out.

12. Bend the butterfly wings back to reveal the body and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Ink the edges of the butterflies as well.

13. Stamp a message from the Botanical Sketch Stamp Set with Jet Black Archival Ink on a strip of Watercolor Cardstock. Cut in the shape of a banner.

14. Add stitching if desired to the edge of the background and the message banner and assemble your card.

I can’t wait to make more cards with these Paper Punches!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!

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BONUS! Don’t forget, we’re having a Sizzix Sale this week! Now is a great time to try out these punches!


Thanks for reading and thanks to Richele for being our guest!


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  1. Such a beautiful card! I did Not know Tim had his own line of punches…great to know. I have a ton of punches, but find I use dies more. It’s good to see a new take on using punches. Thanks!

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