Revisiting A Favorite Project: Punch Collage


Some of you may remember a Martha-inspired butterfly punch project using the classic butterfly punch I did two years ago (February 08).


I decided to revisit the project again, this time using a heart punch

I punched all the hearts from a variety of different patterns and laid them out on a piece of cardstock to figure out where I wanted each one placed. Once I had them all organized I adhered each heart using a foam square.


This time I also added a couple little accents: tiny pearls and some acrylic hearts (from an older Fancy Pants acrylic sheet) attached with mini-fasteners from Tim Holtz. Pattern papers came from my scraps. I wanted papers that included primarily yellow, orange, a bit of pink and a bit of gray - thinking a cross between Valentine's and spring.

EDITED : About the frame and mat, I have had this one for years (7+). Most likely I purchased it at either Target or Fred Meyer. The size of the opening is 8x10. A nice thing to look for when selecting a frame for this project is the double mat with the second mat lifted up off the first - it makes room for the dimension of the punches (that comes from the foam squares). I used a piece of swiss dot cardstock for the background.

Simple. Fun. Easy. I love punches.

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  1. Kathy Griffith

    2010-02-10 03:44:05 -0500

    Adore this, don't have a heart punch but I do have my Slice. I may just have to try this one.

  2. pam fletcher

    2010-02-10 04:23:30 -0500

    My butterfly collage is one of my favorite projects!

  3. Katie

    2010-02-10 05:07:07 -0500

    This is so cute! I've been meaning to do something similar with my fleur de lis vintage sheet music punches. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Kristi W.

    2010-02-10 05:19:13 -0500

    I love projects like this I can make myself to decorate my house!

  5. Jo

    2010-02-10 05:50:07 -0500

    This is a really neat idea. I will have to go back and see if I can find the butterfly.

  6. abbey

    2010-02-10 06:00:10 -0500

    I loved the butterfly project so and it has been up for the last two years. Was just thinking lately that maybe was time for a change and this is a great idea!

  7. Cara-Mia

    2010-02-10 06:39:08 -0500

    Such a GREAT idea! I have so many punches, I should do this with one of them.

  8. Sylvia

    2010-02-10 10:51:56 -0500

    LOVE, Love, love this project. Would be great to decorate a girls room. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  9. krista

    2010-02-10 13:13:46 -0500

    Those are such beautiful projects, I decided to give it a try myself.
    Here's my version:
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  10. Kim

    2010-02-10 14:12:17 -0500

    I also had saved your butterfly one from 2 years ago. I am going to do one for a friend of mine using the Mickey Mouse ears punch. She loves Mickey Mouse and has a Mickey room. I'm doing it in reds and blacks.

  11. christi

    2010-02-11 02:15:39 -0500

    i've said this before .... you are seriously one of the most creative people i know. LOVE this idea!

  12. Maria Rodrigues Pereira

    2010-02-11 03:33:01 -0500

    I loved this idea so much I made my own. Of course it didn't come out exactly the same as I did have to take my own style into consideration. I loved the results though... Thank you so much for the idea!!!

  13. Melinda

    2010-02-11 17:41:44 -0500

    Do you have any tips for lining up the rows of hearts and butterflies so perfectly?
    Thanks for your help.

  14. Danielle Hunter

    2010-02-12 06:46:13 -0500

    Oh, love this!! There have been two empty frames hanging on my daughter's wall and this is such a great idea, I think I will do something similar. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Sarah Sarniak

    2010-02-12 09:16:05 -0500

    I LOVE this. So very cute and inexpensive too. My two favorite things about wall decor. I think that the butterflies would make a great gift for my mom because she love butterflies.

  16. Melanie

    2010-02-14 08:19:07 -0500

    This is great! I will have to try one! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Maureen

    2010-02-14 09:18:05 -0500

    Thanks so much for this great project. I wanted to do the butterfly one but never did so I was determined to do the heart one. Just finished it and I love it. I wanted to share that I bought my frame at Michaels Crafts and it was an 11 x 14 black frame from their Home Collection. It didn't come with a mat. Then I bought, also at Michaels, a white double mat 11 x 14(it reads Designer Mat) for an 8x10 photo. They did have a frame at Michaels that came with the double mat but the quality wasn't as nice. The spacing between my hearts was 3/8". I was nervous about getting everything lined up but it turned out great. Thanks again Ali. Now I think I will make some other ones that I can change in the same frame.

  18. Marcie D

    2010-02-17 11:16:32 -0500

    I found this frame at Wal-Mart in the frame section just yesterday; Feb 16th, 2010

  19. Rachel

    2010-02-19 07:26:25 -0500

    Oh, oh, oh I am in love with these! The hearts are really pretty and I love the butterflies even if they are from 2 years ago- I just found your blog today! (Would love to do a repost on these-I'm starting a butterfly "collection" on my blog soon.)

  20. kristyn

    2010-03-01 13:46:56 -0500

    Thank You are so inspiring! I love stopping by to see what you're sharing and try to duplicate your projects.
    And this project I totally loved! I used it as the inspiration piece for two that I made.
    many thank yous!!

  21. Kristi

    2010-09-18 09:41:00 -0400

    I just wanted to share with you what I made with this project as my inspiration...

    I used a square shadowbox frame with mat included from IKEA and a Martha Stewart cupcake punch.
    Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  22. Natalie Pozniak

    2010-12-01 11:45:13 -0500

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I think that I might a couple of these as a Christmas gift this year. Great idea!

  23. marilyn fusselman

    2011-04-28 14:31:55 -0400

    Such a classic!

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