We celebrated some big birthdays over the past few weeks at our house. Our son turned 5 not too long ago and my daughters and I created a couple of punch art cards for him. He is in love with Mario Kart and the Minions, of course, so our choices were quite simple. If you Google punch art cards, you will be overwhelmed with images. We chose to keep our cards simple, focus on the punch art faces and go from there. Some punch art is over the top intricate, totally beautiful but time consuming. These were a pretty quick craft.
The fun thing about punch art is that anyone can do it. In fact, my son always wants to create a punch art card for all his friend’s birthdays. We look at a few pictures on line, he chooses one he would like to attempt and we recreate our own version of the card.
The Minion card uses the following card stock Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Basic Black, Soft Suede and Whisper White. We used 5 different punches to make the minion eyes and coverall straps. They are: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1-1/4″ and the 1-3/8″ Circle punches. The straps were made using the Word Window punch.
If the Minion card is all circles, the Mario card is all about the ovals. The eyes were made with the Large and Extra Large handheld punches, you need to trim the Large oval down a little for the smallest oval in the eye. The nose is the Extra Large Oval and the mustache is made with the bird body and wing from the Bird Builder punch, just trim the top portion of the bird to the shape of an oval. The half oval on the hat is made using the second smallest oval in the Oval Framelits collection. Cardstock used in the Mario card is Real Red, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Pacific Point and Whisper White.
A little bit of sponging around the edges of the card stock with the matching colour ink adds a great deal of depth and dimension to your project. I love to use Stampin’ Up’s Sponge Daubers for this job, makes it super simple and mess free. No inky fingers here. Well, not much anyway.