Day #88

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Finally got myself a hexagon punch! Yaay! Honeycomb for all. I was playing around with it, having some fun. There are loads of possibilities for this punch. It’s going to be fun finding them all.
So, as I said in another post, I like to buy a few things with a lot of uses. The way I would do this is investigating. Sure I buy things on a whim, maybe when they are cheap or seam like a good idea, but when I plan, I tend to not only save money, but increase creativity.
So, what am I talking about? Say you buy a die cutting shape for a project. You get a shoe themed die. You may have one or two friends that like shoes, and it’s not very suitable for many occasions like Christmas. Once you’ve made a card for those friend with this die, unless you want to sell cards, you may not use that die again. Alternatively, you could buy a small amount of diecut shapes online or friends that may have it. Or think creatively and cut out your own.
Flowers, swirls, circles, basic shapes and leaves are versatile, as a lot of the time you can modify them to change the look, and any amount of rearranging can be done to change the feel of the card. Flowers and butterflies will fit almost any occasion from sympathy to birthdays, weddings and Christmas. Just change the paper and colours. Shapes such as squares and hexagons can be used to make geometric backgrounds and suit male orientated cards. Flourishes and swirls can be cut or added to for endless embellishment options. Try and figure out reusability, modification options and whether its worth the money you are paying for it.
Just be creative with the basics. Like lego, using the simplest building blocks, your imagination can build anything. It isn’t the amount of tools you have, it’s your skills that make the work amazing.

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