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February 8, 2010

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 8×10. 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.


  • 51.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Mary – the heart measures about 1 inch at it’s widest part.

  • 52.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Morning – the frame is an old one and likely came from either Target or Fred Meyer (a northwest store).

  • 53.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Morning – the frame is an old one and likely came from either Target or Fred Meyer (a northwest store).

  • 54.
    amberca said…

    I love this!!! so simple and clean. I am going to make one of these.
    Thanks for the inspiration
    Amber Osburn

  • 55.
    tonya said…

    Love it. Here are two I did last year after your butterfly collage inspired me:

  • 56.
    Kate said…

    Love the hearts this time around. The butterfly project was beautiful too! May have to actually make one of these. Now to look for a proper frame.
    Aloha, Kate

  • 57.
    Leah Larson said…

    I have the perfect frame for this. Thank you for sharing Ali.

  • 58.
    Melissa Mann said…

    this is fantastic!! i love it!

  • 59.
    kimberly said…

    Simply lovely Ali!

  • 60.
    Diane said…

    Hi Ali~
    Great to see this project. I actually emailed you before the holidays regarding the frame you had used. I did check Target…no luck at the time and my New England area doesn’t have a Fred Meyer. I did find a perfect one at HomeGoods… they had a big selection of frames.

  • 61.
    kaitlin said…

    This would be a great project for kids to help out with too. I know my daughter always wants to help out and even make her own version of something I am working on .

  • 62.
    Kathy McDonald said…

    WOW! Yes, it’s simple, for SO effective! It is the perfect use for all those scraps I can’t bear to part with. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 63.
    Tacha said…

    it is so wonderfull
    many thanks to share your creativity with us !!

  • 64.
    Amy Tan said…

    simply delightful!

  • 65.
    heidig said…

    I loved the butterfly project so much, I did one of my own. The hearts work just as well. For anyone on the east coast, I found the same frame at Michael’s.

  • 66.
    Jaime Martinez said…

    I love this project! I want to do something like this for the new apartment I am moving into.
    Also- a note for people with inquiries about the frame. I have seen one similar to this one at Micheal’s. I think it would work very well for this type of project because the white mat is raised with foam core.

  • 67.
    Elke from Germany said…

    Great project – I love it!!!

  • 68.
    Kristy said…

    I really like these!

  • 69.
    TracieClaiborne said…

    I LOVE THIS ALI!!!! I have a couple of questions…
    1) Is there glass in this frame? So the mat causes there to be room for the foam dots? I’ve never seen one that deep in person, having a hard time picturing it in my mind.
    2) Any tips on lining them up? Yours looks so perfectly aligned!!

  • 70.
    Terri Q said…

    Punches are my favorite tool. They add so much yet are so easy. This project is so elegant. My daughter-in-law loves butterflies and will be soon moving into their new home. What a perfect little house warming gift this could be. Also thinking how perfect for each season or holiday – hearts for February, snowflakes for winter, etc. Fabulous idea. Thanks!

  • 71.
    heather said…

    Love this idea, so simple yet very effective & pretty!

  • 72.

    This is SUCH a cute idea!!! I love the hearts! This would look perfect in a home office or baby’s room!!
    Thanks for the great idea!

  • 73.
    Maria said…

    Love love love this idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to make my own…

  • 74.
    ciacchina said…

    è bellissimoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  • 75.
    Erika Melnychuk said…

    Ali -
    Love this take on a favorite project – SO inspiring! Reminds me to utlilize my stash of scrappin goodies more around the house!
    thanks, Ali!

  • 76.
    Helene said…

    This is beautiful and a great idea! I will try it for sure, it would make a great gift.

  • 77.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Tracie -
    1. Yes, there is glass in the frame. It’s not super deep just a bit of depth between the two mats.
    2. You could definitely use a ruler and mark out spots for the punched pieces, I did it more by eye (I also use a lined self-healing mat on my table which I think helps me overall). I leave them all on the paper as I adhere one at a time and adjust as I go. I usually start in one corner, then adhere another corner, then do one in the middle of the row and fill in around.

  • 78.
    emspahn said…

    Love this. :)

  • 79.
    emily said…

    I bought both punches after reading this post; I can’t wait to do them! Two quick questions…
    For some reason, the sharesale links won’t open for me. Any ideas?
    And a crafty question that I could probably figure out on my own but how did you make sure the hearts & butterflies were so evenly spaced? (I am going to read the original butterfly post now… Maybe I’ll find my answer there…)
    Thanks, Ali!

  • 80.
    Jen Vogt said…

    Hi Ali!
    I, too, loved the butterfly piece, and now I love this one too! So glad to see this concept in a different way. I have the MS butterfly punch (and have made a few cards after being inspired by this), but then my punch broke. Sad day!!
    Looks like it’s time to re-invest :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  • 81.
    Callie Swank said…

    I loved this project before, and I still love it today. However, I tried to mimic the pattern using 12×12 paper and 9 squares only to find that the hours I spent left me with a crooked end result. I’d like to compliment you on your fine work and find out how you were able to get every heart/butterfly so perfectly spaced.

  • 82.
    sue said…

    I’ve made several of the butterfly version as gifts (and have one of my own on my ladder shelf) and I did make a heart version last year for my granddaughter and a choo choo train version for my grandson. All came out great! I agree – I love punches!

  • 83.
    Nanette said…

    Love this project!! May I ask what size heart punch you used? Makes a perfect Valentine gift. :) Also how fun would it be to spell out a message with alphabet stickers or rub-ons on each heart. You have inspired me to do a project like this.
    Thank you.

  • 84.
    Teri said…

    This is darling! What a good gift that would make! :)

  • 85.
    BAM said…

    I actually have the butterfly punch! Needed a new project and I think this is it! So… off to find a frame! Love it!

  • 86.
    Sarah B. said…

    I love this! I think this might be a perfect gift idea for my husband this year … with a recent change in our finances, we’re focusing on lower-cost, from-the-heart sorts of gifts lately.
    I can’t tell for sure from the pictures … is there glass in the frame, or is it just open?

  • 87.
    Lisa W. said…

    Wow…love this. I have frames I pick up just for this type of project. My question is this…the foam squares would make it dimentional. I use them allot on some of my scrapbook pages. So is the frame a shadow box type frame??? Seems like a regular frame would smash the punch designs?

  • 88.
    Loni said…

    In LOVE with this, Ali. Can you just make one exactly like yours for me? ;)

  • 89.
    Roberta said…

    I don’t know how you do such incredible things day after day. You are my good morning inspiration every day. Thank you for sharing your God given tallents!
    I wanted to ask you about your printers tray photo creation you have had on your blog. I have been serching for (what seems like forever) for the printers type tray that has the larger openings like yours. Is your tray a name brand (possibly it starts with an L)? I keep finding the trays but the openings are so very small.
    I want to thank you again for sharing your gifts and talents. I know that I would not have completed 1/2 of the things for my family if it wasn’t for the inspiration your blog gives to me everyday…
    Have an incredible day!

  • 90.
    Marquita said…

    I do really love this heart’s one :-) Pretty much my style!

  • 91.
    Katie Pegher said…

    Love this Ali… I love that we can use this hobby to not only adorn pages that keep our memories, but adorn our homes with handmade works of art!!!

  • 92.
    HeatherC said…

    Love this project! Bummed that the weather is so horrible and cannot venture out to find a frame == maybe I have an old one hidden in a closet I can recycle. Thanks for the inspiration (and motivation!)

  • 93.
    Shanon Langlie said…

    On Sunday I was thinking I needed a new project to use up some of my scraps. Perfect timing! Thanks.

  • 94.
    Gina said…

    I too am so happy you revisited this! I loved loved loved your butterfly one and bought the punch as well. I have used it for other stuff but I am making this this weekend and also one for my BF, who loves butterflies! thank you for all your inspiration. I really enjoy all your work!

  • 95.
    Sandi M said…

    Ali, I love this project. I’m putting it on my list. It will make a wonderful gift!

  • 96.
    Melissa said…

    I love the simplicity of the idea behind this project. Thanks, Ali! You always manage to inspire me to do something fun.

  • 97.
    Ali Edwards said…

    LOL…for some strange reason I think you are more than capable :) . Loved peeking at your blog this morning.

  • 98.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Yes, the frame has “foam” in between the two mats. You definitely need that when using the foam dots behind the punches.

  • 99.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Definitely glass :)

  • 100.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Hi Nanette – I measured the widest part of the heart and it is just about 1 inch.

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