Computer Tricks Online Bonus: Custom Punchable Accents

by Jessica Sprague

Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: BasicGrey; Brads: American Crafts; Chipboard sticker: Chatterbox; Punch: EK Success; Ribbon clips: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Ribbon: Fancy Pants Designs (blue) and unknown (red); Fonts: 2Peas Stop Sign, Century Gothic and Seeing Stars.

I love the opportunity that my computer gives me to create custom, one-of-a-kind embellishments and titles. Combining computer-generated elements with punches is a great way to explore this technique. To create this look using Photoshop Elements, simply create a colored circle or block with accompanying text and graphics in the size of the punch you intend to use, print onto white cardstock or photo paper, and adhere to your layout. It’s a great way to add a beautiful custom feel to any page!

Every now and then when I’m looking through my pictures, a thought goes through my head that becomes the theme for a layout. As I looked at these sweet pictures of my family outside on an early day in March last year, I thought to myself, “Moving to North Carolina was no small thing for us. Look what we’re able to do that we couldn’t do before.” And then I knew I had the basis for this page. I wanted to highlight the concept in a unique way, so I created three separate blue blocks for my title, then printed and punched them with a square punch and rounded the top- and bottom-left corners of the set. I adhered them to the layout with foam tape.

Learn This Technique in My Video Tutorial
Check out my online video tutorial here to learn more about creating your own punchable accents.

Play with These Free Downloads Today



I’ve got two pages of downloadable, punchable journaling and title shapes waiting for you here! Download each of them, and try creating your own custom accents today!

For more layout looks using this technique, check out the March 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

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