October 15, 2013

Tuesday Tips or Techniques-Hexagon Frame!

Have you purchased the new Stampin' Up! Hexagon Punch yet? If not, what are you waiting for? And you can even purchase the punch and coordinating stamp set together as a bundle at 15% off! So now what are you waiting for? I think it's funny that most times we get a new tool and someone out there in blog-land has figured out a way to add to the use of that tool. That is what I am showing you today thanks to Laura Haffke. She has figured out a way to make a frame around the hole of the hexagon punch.

Take a look at my card below and notice the Early Espresso Cardstock frame that is hexagon in shape:

When you open up the card, the hexagon sentiment layer is actually glued to the inside of the card:

See what it looks like:

Let me show you the steps. First cut out the "hole" part of your hexagon. This is the part you will be using. Notice the line with the arrow on my photo below:

The line is pointing at the very first line to the left of the cutting track. This is the line we will be using as a guide so remember that it is the very first line. Using the photo below, line up the first "inside" side of your hexagon against the line I showed you in the photo above:

And then cut. Repeat for all six sides of your hexagon, using the same line as your guide:

Voila, a six-sided hexagon frame:

Now glue it to the front of your card where the hexagon hole is.

Now I know you are going to ask me how I made the hole. I embossed the first layer of cardstock and glued both layers of cardstock in place on my card front. I then used my hexagon punch from the bottom of the card and slid the punch as far as it would go and then punched through all three layers:

Doesn't that make for a nice frame around your hexagon? If you come in on the side of your card front rather than the bottom, the hexagon would be turned around 90 degrees so you can choose either way to create your hole. I wanted mine to match the direction of the embossed hexagons:

Stampin' Up! supplies:
  • Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Whisper White
  • Inks: Early Espresso
  • Accessories: Pearl Jewels
  • Stamps: Fabulous You, Six-sided Sampler
  • Tools: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Hexagon Punch, Paper Cutter, Big Shot Machine
  • DSP: Neutrals Paper Stack, Subtles Paper Stack 
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