A Gift For an Artist- Using Your Marvy Uchida Paper Punches

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With things you have around your house- including a recycled jar, some patterned paper scraps and your Marvy Uchida Paper Punches, you can create an instant gift for a friend who loves to scrapbook, make cards, or embellish their creations with custom flowers.

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Gather up your patterned paper scraps. Include a nice mix of solids and patterns. You can also throw in some recycled materials such as brown paper bags, newspapers or old maps to create interesting looks. Anything a punch will go through is game. I choose colors that were coordinating, yet contrasting for a super colorful collection. If your friend likes certain color combinations- include those in your gift.

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I started by choosing these three Clever Lever Embossing Flower Shaped punches from Marvy Uchida.  I love them because they are unique floral shapes and emboss at the same time they punch the shape.

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I also used my Jumbo Clever Lever Circle Punch for each flower center. I punched two of the same flower shapes from coordinating patterns and solids from the paper scraps.

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Layer the flower shapes together and use a brad to hold the shapes together by placing in the center of the 1″ circle. Keep going until you have enough to fill a recycled jar. I used a 1 quart spaghetti sauce jar.

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Use the CLEVER LEVER SILHOUETTE CRAFT PUNCH to punch a tag from a black piece of cardstock, or other color.

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Use small alphabet stamps or a rub on for “flowers” on a solid piece of paper. Cut the paper to fit into the tag shape. Insert brads into the punched ends of the tag.

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Glue the tag to the center of the jar, using a rubber band to hold in place until the glue sets.

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Paint the lid a coodinating color. You will need to use several coats to cover any advertising printing plus a coat or two of varnish to keep the paint from chipping off the metal lid.

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Finally, punch several butterfly shapes using CLEVER LEVER SILHOUETTE & EMBOSSING in this butterfly shape. I punched four from recycled vintage encyclopedia paper and glued them together in the center to create dimension.

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By using recycled materials, including your patterned paper scraps, a recycled jar and your Marvy Uchida paper punches, you will have a super artist gift any crafty friend will enjoy! And this is a great way to use up those patterned paper pieces!

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 Live Life Creatively,

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