It's my aim in this post is to help you rediscover one such item and use it with your latest pretty paper purchases to create some of the current popular trends in scrapbooking.
May I reintroduce you to your very humble, long neglected.......
First up, banners.....
Simply take a strip of patterned paper, and slip it into your punch so that a triangle shape of the paper is visible on one corner of the square-punching area, as in the picture below. For obvious reasons, I find it easiest to work with the punch upside down for this so you can see the actual punching mechanism and line your paper up easily.
Next up, bunting. This trend has been around for quite some time now, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Manufacturers are still releasing bunting-themed papers, chipboard elements, stamps and papers - but there's nothing more satisfying than creating your own from pretty papers in patterns of your choice - and it's a great way of making a dent in your scraps pile!
Each square that you punch will give you two little bunting flags, and it's as easy as this....
Start by turning your punched square 45 degrees so that it looks like a diamond:
Move your two halves apart, rotating the bottoms outwards slightly so that each has a long point facing downwards, as pictured here:
The final technique using your square punch that I want to show you is creating a mosaic chevron effect.
You need two punched squares for every "v shape" you want to create along your chevron.
Begin by cutting one of your pair of squares in half diagonally:
Pop back over the next few days to find out the details of this month's challenge!