Friday, June 4, 2010

Tutorial – Medallions using Martha Stewart Corner Punches!


Hi all,

Most of you who follow my blog know that I have become addicted to the Martha Stewart border punches. Of course when I buy a new border punch I normally also get the matching corner punch so that I have it if I want to do a full border.

Now I know we have created medallions before using corner punches, but until recently I didn’t think about doing them with my Martha Stewart Corner punches … until the other week in a local scrapbook store with my friend. When we got home we immediately got out all my Martha Stewart punches out and started to play!

I decided to paste all my samples into a book so that if I was looking for a specific shape or design it would be easy to see which one works best. You can see all the different medallions you get in the photo above and below. Some of the designs you get from these punches are awesome, obviously there are some I like better than others and will be using over and over again.


Here is what you need to do to create them:


Supplies Needed:

  • Martha Stewart Corner Punch of your choice (mine is quilting)
  • 1 1/2 inch (3.8cm) Square piece of card
  • Reverse Tweezers or strip of card with removable tape at one   end.


1. Take your 1 1/2 inch (3.8cm) square card and place one corner into the corner rounder and punch.

Remove piece from punch.





Place your reverse tweezers (these are tweezers that need to be squeezed to open not to shut so are perfect for doing this) on the opposite corner than the one you wish to punch next.




Insert the card into the punch, lining up the corner. Make sure the tweezers are just outside the punch.




If you don’t have reverse tweezers, a strip of card with some removable tape on one end will also work.





< 2 corners done


                                        3 corners done >

  quilted finished

Here is the completed medallion.




I don’t have a completed card to show you as the cards I have made so far are can’t be posted for another week or two but I can give you a sneak peek at them.



First off this flower that I used as an embellishment to a card. This was made using the Optic Dot Corner Punch … I punched out 3 layers and then scrunched them up and layered them together to create my flower.





This is the Optic Dot before I turned it into a flower … I can see lots of possibilities for this … add a button or brad in the centre for another fun embellishment.





Here is another I did using the Quilted Corner Punch … I stamped my sentiment on white card and punched it out with a small circle punch and layered that in the centre of the medallion.



Hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and it helps you to use those corner punches more.


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  1. These are sooooo cool!!! I am also addicted to these punches and have quite a good collection of them that keeps growing all the time! These are definitely on my list of new things to play with...thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  2. Running to get all my martha corner punches now THANKS HEAPS

  3. OOooooh. I am so hating you right now (LOL)! I have always resisted the lure of the corner punches (although I have many, many border punches) and now you've shown me that I absolutely MUST buy them. Oh well, I don't need to eat if I can craft! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. cool!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going to have to try this Frances!!

  5. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this wonderful idea! You are wonderful!

  6. Oh rats - now that i saw this I am going to have to start carrying them in the store! How cool!

  7. Terrific tutorial on how to use corner punches to make a medallion. Now, I have another question for you, wise one. I'd be interested in knowing how you store so many punches. Do you have a semi truck for those, too? LOL!

  8. Thanks! What a great way to use your punches!

  9. Friend of mine saw your blog and she immediately thought of me. I'm soooo gonna have to do the same as yours. Thanks for sharing

  10. Thanks for the great tutorial, Frances! I've already tried it with my one and only MS corner punch (lol) and it works great! Now off to the craft store in the a.m. to buy more :)

  11. I love this idea! I have a bunch of corner punches I don't use much. I need to try this!

  12. Thanks for the great tutorial! Will have to try this!

  13. Hey Frances thanks for the tutorial, it's great and some of the effects are just fabulous. Need more of those punches now, thanks for that too.
    Jane ;-)

  14. What a great tutorial - believe it or not, I do not own a SINGLE MS corner punch...but you might have enabled me - LOL!

    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Oh wow! That is brilliant! I am trying this for sure! TFS hugs, Angela

  16. Wow..such an amazing discovery! I love your medallions..another terrific use for my huge MS punch collection! Thank you so much for sharing your sample pages & tutorial!
    I'm off to dig out my corner punches & play!

  17. I have done a couple, just playing around, but you have now opened my eyes to even more possibilities...wowza

  18. Oh my this is so awesome Frances!!! Thanks for sharing this idea with us...I love my MS Punches!!! Maybe now I can use different idea...YOU ROCK GF!!! Hugs ~S~

  19. So so so clever !!!! And next week I have to go out of town for a dr appt and just by coincidence there is a Michael's, a Joann's a HL and my all time favorite huge LSS ! Good thing it's at the VA Hospital, which mak es it free, AND I get about $25 for crafty money for me !!

  20. Wow, brilliant! Love to get extra uses out of my punches, thanks for sharing! (I, too am a MS punch addict!)

  21. This was SO COOL! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with all of us - now I want ALLLLLL the MS corner punches! WAAH! My poor wallet!

  22. This is fabulous! I never use those corner punches, but now I'm gonna give these a try! love this great tutorial and awesome inspiration! thanks for sharing!!!

  23. This is my first time to your blog frances. I followed a link in a forum to this tutorial but, I appreciate this SO much! thanks for all your information!!

  24. leave it to you...genius, my friend!

  25. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial on my blog today.

    Nancy Ward

  26. Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent. This creates so many more uses for the MS punches.

  27. I am so happy that I found your Blog. I love the way you use the Martha Stewart punches. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Take care and happy crafting,

  28. Thanks for the great info! I love using the Martha Stewart punches, and like you, I buy both the corner punch and the edge punch. I have tried a few, but didn't have the right measurement or technique. So thanks for the tip!

  29. I am addicted to following blog leads, you know 'one blog another'. And here is the best reason to buy more punches! Like many I've bought a few without their corners. Never mind. Hi from.Australia.

  30. Wow, Now that surprised me as i really never had an outlook on the subject like that.

  31. Awesome idea! What a perfect way to find a dual purpose for these fun punches!! Thanks for the photo demo, too.

  32. i really like your post & as a business person i m totally agree with you that you always know what are you doing & what result you are achieving. iPhone Application Developer

  33. Great tutorial and I love how you made a book of samples!
    Trish Munro

  34. What a wonderful idea. How many pages is this? I started my collection of punches, and would love to have a copy of this. Do you have it in a pdf file that I can print out? I would like to know ahead of time what each punch will do before I buy it. Thank you for you time. TFS

  35. After all these years you are still wowing us with this tutorial. Love the catalog, love the step-by-step instructions and really love that optic circle flower. Fantastic, Thank you EVER SO MUCH!

  36. Frances you are so clever! I love finding another use for tools, and I have several MS punches so I'll have to give this a try! TFS

  37. Hi Frances I love your ideas with all these punches. I was a wanting to make a book for myself. I would love to know what kind of book did you put them in and how did you glue them without sticking to the other page.

    Thanks Beverly


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