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. Kim says…

    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.

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  2. christi says…

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

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  3. Maria Rodrigues Pereira says…

    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!!!

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  4. Melinda says…

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

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  5. Danielle Hunter says…

    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.

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  6. Sarah Sarniak says…

    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.

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  7. Melanie says…

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

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  8. Maureen says…

    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.

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  9. Marcie D says…

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

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  10. Rachel says…

    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.)

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  11. kristyn says…

    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!!

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  12. Kristi says…

    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!

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  13. Natalie Pozniak says…

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

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  14. marilyn fusselman says…

    Such a classic!

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