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Paper Piercing

Using a paper piercing template, a piercing tool and pad, you can create unique cards and scrapbook pages.  Two different designs are created with a piercing template -- a flat design and a raised design.  The flat design appears on the same side of the paper on which the template is placed.  The raised design is on the opposite side.  Which one should you use?  The choice is yours.


  • Place the template on the card and hold in place with removable tape.  Tape it on the front of the card to get a flat design or on the back of the card to get a raised design.  
  • Place the card on a piercing pad.  It is helpful to use straight pins in the corners to hold the template in place, even though you are using removable tape.
  • Use the piercing tool and pierce each hole in the design.  

Helpful Hints:

  • Use a piercing pad or a very thick mouse pad.  Be sure to check that the piercing tool is not going through the pad.  My sister's table has multiple designs pierced into the top of it!  Fortunately, her table needs to be refinished, so I'm still around to give you this warning.
  • Invest in a piercing tool.  You can use a needle, but it tends to be hard on your hands.
  • Use duplex or duo-tone paper for a great look.
  • Be creative.  Pierce all or part of the design.
  • Emboss around the edges with a stylus, if desired.

We carry the following paper piercing templates:

We also have several books on paper piercing from Ornare.




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Last modified: June 08, 2009