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Today we are going to focus on adding texture to your punched shapes. Punches are often used flat, but sometimes I just want to add some texture, detail, and interest. I will share a few of my go-to, simple techniques for adding a little pizzazz to punched shapes.
It doesn’t get much easier or quicker than running punches through a paper crimper. I especially love this technique on flower shapes. Simply insert the shape between the crimper’s rollers and crank the handle to feed through.
This adds a lot of texture and dimension in seconds. Layer four crimped flowers together with the corrugated design in an alternating pattern. Secure layers together with a large brad and gently bend petals up for even more dimension.
I love adding these flowers to all kinds of projects, like this photo frame for prom. Simply hot glue the crimped flowers to the frame.
To add specific detailed texture to a punched shape, my favorite technique is creating lines using an embossing stylus. I used this to bring these leaves (punched petals) to life by adding veining.
Place the punched shape on a piece of craft foam and carefully draw lines using the stylus. Be sure not to press so hard that it breaks through the cardstock. I used a ruler as a guide to get a straight line down the center of the leaves and free-handed the shorter, angled lines. These lines not only add detail but allow you to bend the leaves for extra dimension on projects.
To add more intense texture, a favorite product of mine is modeling paste. This puffy cloud was created this way.
The paste is white, but you can tint it with paint before using. Here I added a tiny drop of black to turn my cloud gray. Once you have your desired color, “paint” the modeling paste onto your punched shape (in a matching color so you don’t have to worry about full coverage) with a toothpick. Spread it around and add designs such as swirls with the tip of the toothpick. Be sure to work on a protected surface such as wax paper. Once you like the look, move the shape to a clean area of your surface using the toothpick to dry fully.
I challenge you to think of other ways to add a little texture to your punched shapes!