Tips Week: Day 7 – Part Two

Hello! Well, I intended to make the paper piercing into a two day spread…..but it’s turning into three! Hope that’s alright! I got to making cards for this part and there was just more to share and I felt faux stitching needed it’s own day. So… is all about using the SU template. (This can be purchased from any SU demo. They can be part of the tool kit or just a pack of piercing tools. You can use other brands to get the same results, although I don’t have any others that work like theirs does.)

So, let’s start off with some piercing styles you can use the SU template for! (I apologize if this seems pretty self-explanatory, but sometimes pictures really help some people!)


To start the first style, I used the SU template, SU mat, Making Memories Piercer and my cardstock.


To start, I lined up the paper so that the two sides were even with the black line (about 1/8 in from the edge of the cardstock).


Then I pierced the row furthest out 5 holes down and 5 holes across (including the middle/center hole). After that I went one row in and did 4 holes down and 4 holes across. (Only 3 holes each direction in that row by itself including the middle hole.)


And that’s how it turns out.  I’ve also done it where I pierced one hole that lines up in the middle, giving you a triangle corner of piercing.


Supplies: Garden Silhouettes, linen, and floral Stampin Up! stamps; stazon, sahara sand, true thyme, and purely pomegranate inks; purely pomegranate, true thyme, black and white cardstock; black velvet ribbon; pewter swirl clip; dimensionals; paper piercer; and sponge.


This time, I lined up my template so that the edge was flush with the image.


I pierced every other hole in the top row, then pierced the opposite holes in the second row.


Supplies: Garden Silhouettes SU stamp set (new hostess set); certainly celery, black, white and groovy guava cardstock; groovy guava and certainly celery ink; black ribbon; paper piercer; dimensionals; and craft knife.


For the last style (that I am going to show anyway, lol) I lined up the cardstock with the black line around the template.


Then I just pierced a line down the edge of the cardstock.  I moved the template to the opposite end and repeated this.  (This is an extremely simple way to give your card a little something extra.)


Supplies: pretty in pink, white, chatterbox, basic black, and apricot appeal cardstock; stazon, apricot appeal, pretty in pink, bashful blue, and certainly celery inks; niji waterbrush; SU slot punch; pink gingham and apricot ribbon; paper piercer, black marker (to edge white layer); dimensionals; flower trio image and sentiment from GinaK Deisgns.

Okay, there’s a few ways to use the SU template for different pierced looks.  I use mine quite a big and the SU one is perfect for being able to see your cardstock and getting perfectly even spacing when doing more than one row of piercing.  Tune in tomorrow for the final day of Tips Week (which was actually two weeks, lol!) and faux stitching!

17 comments to Tips Week: Day 7 – Part Two

  • Linda F. Wilson

    Great tips on paper piercing. I have this tool but wasn’t really sure how to use it.
    Love your blog.

  • Great tutorial. Now I have to have one!

  • Now I have to have one of those piercing templates, thanks for the tutorial, can’t wait for your next one on faux stitching. Thanks.

  • Kathy W

    Beautiful cards and great tutorial; I’m in love with the first card. I have these supplies and have been practicing my paper piercing. As a newbie, I discovered (as your cards also show) that it is best to paper pierce a layer. I accidently paper pierced the original card and had holes punched on the other side. Not terrible, but I like it better without holes poking through. I learned my lesson. Thanks for putting the tutorials together!

  • These tutorials are great. Even though piercing is easy it’s nice to see different ways. Thanks!

  • Your cards are so very beautiful! Great tutorial too!

  • Thank you so much for all the paper piercing tutorials! I just bought this tool and I’m so excited to try all your ideas!!! Beautiful cards and awesome tutorial.

  • Barb Hendrickson

    Gotta love that paper piercing! Thanks for the great tutorials, Emily!


  • Great tutorial Emily. Wonderful cards, too!

  • Kathi

    Great tutorial. A whole new world for me! I had no idea about paper piercing.

    I’ll have to give it a go!


  • Thank you Emily for the wonderful tutorial. You are right in saying that pictures help a lot, I’m a visual person, I related more to images than just written words. Great Cards.

  • Emily, your tutorials are so good! The photos are great, and your descriptions are great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jo

    Hi Emily, have been loving all the tutorials you have done, thanks so much. I notice that you use the SU template with the wording facing the card. Is there any special reason for this. I generally use mine with the wording side up, so I’m wondering if I’m missing something!

  • Cara

    Hi Emily, so I’ve had this tool for maybe a year…not sure. Sad! But because it was fresh in my head from your tutorial, I added just a bit of piercing in 2 corners of a card I made yesterday. Just for a little something extra. Now I might pull it out more often thanks to you!

  • Teryl

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips.
    They are very clear and easy to follow.
    I can hardly wait to try them out!

  • Joan

    First of all, I love your cards….what an inspiration you are! I’m interested to know what the larger holes can be used for in the piercing template. I’m new at this so I want to make sure I make the most out of the entire piercing tool.

  • Elena

    the name of this pattern and where to buy it?

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