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Tutorial - Threading Water Punch

Have you heard about the new Threading Water Punch from Fiskars and been wondering how to use it? Today, designer Virginia Nebel joins us to give a tutorial on this great new punch. Trust us; you’ll want to get your hands on one of these!

I am going to show you how to use the threading water punch from Fiskars to make a perfect scalloped square. Let’s get started:

Beginning tip: To punch scallops all around the square, I find it's easy if you first make a template of a 'perfect rounded corner' first.

Making the template.

1. To start making your template, take a 5 x 5 inch square piece of cardstock. Make the first punch along the straight edge by lining it up along the grid line as shown in Fig A. This grid line is the 8th full square from the end.

Threading Water Punch

2. Punch down in a clean swift motion making sure not to move your paper.

 Threading Water Punch

3. Rotate the template 90 degrees clockwise and line up to the grid line (also at 8th full square in from the end) and punch.

Threading Water Punch

4. You have just made your template with a punched scalloped corner with 3/8 inch strips on each side. Do not tear these strips off as they will be used as guides to properly trim your paper in later steps.

Threading Water Punch

Rounding a corner.

5. Take a square mat (could be rectangle as well) and start punching along one side. Just when you are about to reach the end, stop punching.

Threading Water Punch

6. To round the corner, place your template over the scallops you have just punched and line up the corner scallop of your template to the last scallop punched. With a pencil, draw a line along the strip/edge of the template.

Threading Water Punch

7. The portion marked with an X is the excess paper you need to trim.

Threading Water Punch

8. After trimming the excess off in the previous step, you can now punch scallops along the new edge. Flip the punch over so that you can line up the last scallop punched with the first scallop on the punch itself- this will be your corner scallop.

Threading Water Punch

Finish punching around the edges.

Threading Water Punch

Finish punching around all the edges using the steps above and you should end up with a perfect corner on your last edge. Figure L is an example of a finished card with a square scalloped mat.

Happy punching!

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