For straight lines, I do use a template....there are many different templates on the market. I do occasionally use my Tim Holtz ruler for piercing, but the template I use most of the time is from Stampin Up's 'Mat Pack'. For circles, ovals, or shaped Spellbinder dies, I pierce around the edges freehand.....it's not difficult, but does take a little patience to pay attention to your spacing.
If you would like to learn how to paper-pierce, but you don't have a template, you can always use a regular ruler and pierce next to the hashmarks while holding the ruler in place. You will also need a foam pad in order for the paper-piercing tool to go through the paper. I usually use a cutting mat under the foam pad so that I don't poke holes in my desk. If you don't have a cutting mat, you can use several pieces of cardboard instead....that should be enough protection. And of course, you will need a paper-piercing tool, which you can pick up in any craft store.
Grab a cuppa and enjoy the video.....please excuse one scene where I am not directly on camera....sometimes these things happen and it's too late to go back! :)
I hope that the video helps to answer some of your questions on Paper-piercing and Faux Stitching. Any time you have questions (or suggestions for future tutorials), please feel free to email me at angelladcrockett at yahoo dot com.
Here are two of the card samples from the video:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Prayer of St. Frances' (will be available April 1st);
Cardstock: Stampin Up Pear Pizazz and Very Vanilla;
Designer Paper: Prima 'Romantique';
Ink: Stazon Jet Black and Stampin Up Pear Pizazz;
Accessories: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Grand Labels One Dies, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fanciful Flourish', Prima Flower, Foam Tape, Paper Piercer;
Size: Approx 5-1/2 x 5-1/2.
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Cat Sympathy' (will be available April 1st);
Cardstock: Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White;
Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye 'Lost and Found - Rosy';
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Stampin Up Markers;
Accessories: Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares and Square Nestabilities, Bow Easy, Stampin Up Twill Ribbon, Nestabling Pearls, Foam Tape, Paper Piercer and 'Mat Pack' template from Stampin Up;
Size: 6 x 4-3/4.
Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a very blessed week!!
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