Tips Week: Day 7 – part one

Ok, better late than never, right? I promised that Day 7 would be of my current favorite. And it is. It’s all about piercing. And – it’s very easy! It can be done with lots of different tools and many different ways. I’ll cover 3 different ways today, and then some more tomorrow! Then, the blog goody!

First off, here are some of the supplies I use.


These are the different templates I use. The clear one is from Stampin Up. It is great for straight lines, piercing a corner (like several in a corner or just up and across a corner – this I’ll show tomorrow) and it’s great because it is clear – this really aids in positioning. The drawback is that it’s small.
The template in the middle is from Lasting Impressions. I got mine at the Scrap Convention from the Scrapbookpal booth ( It has different rows on it for swirls, lines and faux stitching (I’ll cover that tomorrow too.) The main drawback is that it is metal. I have found that positioning it where I want it and taping it down with a little scotch tape seems to keep it in place and usually it is safe for your cardstock.

The red ones are by Ornare. I got mine from Ellen Hutson’s store. I like them because they have lovely designs on them. Aside from the fact that you can’t see through them, they have one other drawback. The holes are too small for my paper piercers. I have to use a straight pin in them.


For a mat, you can use lots of things. The black one is from Stampin Up. I like it because it’s got a bit of firmness to it and that makes the piercing go quicker, IMO. However, it is small. So you have to move your paper to pierce the entire length. You can see that mine is well-used, lol!

The red one is a mouse pad I picked up at Ikea for .79. It’s cheap, it works. That’s about it. I liked it because I knew it would fit my paper and I wouldn’t have to move everything. It’s not that firm though, so that’s a minus.


The first way to pierce is free-hand. I do not ever attempt to do this if I want a pattern or a line. I can’t ever get it where I want it! It’s great for piercing the scallops – you can leave them this way or use your gel pen for the faux eyelets. That’s all there is to it!

For these cards, I left the holes and didn’t use the gel pen.


Supplies: bashful blue, white, wild wasabi, and basic grey oh baby boy cardstock; dimensionals; white grosgrain and blue polka dot organdy ribbons; black marker; black stazon, wild wasabi, going gray, and bordering blue inks; baby carriage stamp and sentiment by GinaK Designs; paper piercer; niji waterbrush; corner rounder with the guard removed to make green scallops.

I did the same card only in pink as well… can click on it if you want to see it full size.


The next piercing technique uses the Lasting Impressions template.


I used the metal template swirls to make it look like pierced waves in the cardstock. For this, I also used the Ikea mouse pad as a mat. This can be used with a regular paper piercer. (I use SU’s and Making Memories.)


Supplies: cool caribbean, marigold morning, white and kraft cardstock; turqouise (Joann’s) and white polka dot organdy ribbons; black stazon amd marigold morning ink; cloud prismacolor marker; niji waterbrush; dimensionals; pelican and sentiment by GinaK Designs.

The next way will show how to use the Ornare templates. They are a bit trickier to work with.


Like the Lasting Impressions template, I used the Ornare with the Ikea mouse pad. I also used a bit of scotch tape to hold it in place. I have a package of straight pins with the ball heads on them and that is what I use to pierce the template. It’s pretty slow going because those holes are small and there are lots of them! But, the finished product does look pretty cool!


Supplies: purely pomegranate, white and river rock cardstock; brown stazon, river rock, marigold morning, and purely pomegranate inks; dimensionals; straight pin; ornare template; sponge; ribbon from michael’s; niji waterbrush; sentiment and castle stamp from GinaK Designs.

Okay, so that concludes the first half of my tutorial on piercing! Tomorrow…….the SU template and faux stitching!

21 comments to Tips Week: Day 7 – part one

  • I will be on the lookout for some of these. They are cool!

  • Great overview. I’ve been thinking about getting ths SU template. I have one of the Ornare and always forget to use it.

  • Thanks for posting these! I’ve been looking at other people’s cards using the Ornare template and wondered about it. It always looks so pretty on paper! Your cards are really cute! I really love the pelican card!

  • kathy

    Now that you showed how to do it I may even try it. I was wondering how to do paper piercing but now I know….Thanks for showing us and I will be back tomorrow for the next lesson

  • Peggy Maier

    I’ve pierced the scalloped circle & oval, but don’t have any templates. I really like this look & will probably have to buy some of these templates (now you’ve enabled me!). I like the SU! one because it’s clear, but also the ornare one because of all the detail.

  • thank you so much for this tutorial, I have been noticing cards with paper piercing and have been interested in it, now that I have some idea about it I can’t wait to purchase a template and get started.

  • broni (waterchild12)

    Thanks for this wonderful tutorial, Emily! It’s also so neat to have a built in product review too!

  • SusanH

    Great tutorial – I’ve been wanting to get a template and this helps so much!!

  • tammy b

    thanks for the info on the Ornare templates; i’ve been contemplating them but now with the size info, will prolly keep looking for something comprable but usable with piercer

  • Esther

    I’m so glad “piercing” was the tip of the day…I have long admired yours and others, even got the piercer (tried a pushpin first, ok results, but not like yours) I dont have the template yet…tried plastic canvas cut the size of the card front, but that’s just good for straight lines…still exploring it…thanks again for such clear instructions…have been enjoying your digi-pages, too. Your boys are SO cute, and YES, they grow up SO fast!! cherish each moment!!

  • Amy

    I totally needed that tutorial! Thanks!

    lk, hb hngyjhm (Zoe typed that, she’s 15 months. Apparently she liked the tutorial too!!)

  • Love this! Not a difficult technique, not alot of special things required and the finished product is outstanding. Thank you so much!

  • Love this!!! I can’t wait to get the lasting impressions template. Today I begin my search for it!!

  • Hi Emily.. I use the pad that came with my coluzzle for piercing.. some foamy thing. Works like a charm!

  • Tracy H

    Em–this is soooo great. I haven’t seen the Lasting Impression templates before. I’ll have to keep my eyes open. Your cards are sooo cute. Great job! Great idea with the mousepad too. I have a pile of these from conventions. I always throw them away cuz I don’t like the logos on them. Hmmm!

    Thanks for sharing with all of us!!!

    Tracy H (bsmtscrapper)

  • Cindy B

    This tutorial is very helpful. Thanks!

  • love the tutorial, thanks!!
    i have a straight template but NEED to find a swirly one like you!

  • Karen L.

    Thank you for the very nice tutorial. I’m thinking I’m going to have that Stampin Up template now. 🙂 I have some ornare templates and use them, but I like that mat!

  • Gorgeous! I think I need some of those Ornare templates.

  • WONDERFUL tutorials!!! I love paper piercing on cards, and you have given us so many wonder ways to use it. Your cards all came out beautifully. This is definitely great inspiration to go try more of this. This has to be one of my favorite tutorials. Thank you!!!

  • Lorrie

    Now I guess I need a paper peircer! thanks for the tips, your cards look great!

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