Paper Piercing

by Beate Johns

Use a paper piercing tool and template to create a pierced border.


  • Paper piercing tool
  • Paper Piercing template and mat
  • Cardstock


  1. Step 1

    Paper Piercing straight edges

    Place cardstock on the paper piercing mat. Line up the guide line of the Paper Piercing Template with the edge of the cardstock.

    If you plan on layering the paper pierced layer, do that before paper piercing the border. If you adhere the pierced layer to another piece of cardstock after the piercing, the holes might close a bit from the adhesive.

  2. Step 2

    Insert your Paper Piercing Tool in the first hole of your template and press down.

  3. Continue to pierce through each of the holes in the template.

  4. Step 3

    Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and line up the template with the second side.

    If you can, place the corner of the template over the right corner of the cardstock. That only works if the first hole you created on the left side lines up with one of the holes on the template.

  5. If the template lines up with the corner, pierce the entire row.

    If the template doesn't quite line up like in the picture above, pierce one hole, then adjust the template slightly. Repeat until the template does line up with the next corner and continue piercing.

  6. Step 4

    Continue until there is a pierced border on each side of the rectangle or square.

  7. Step 5

    Paper Piercing curved edges
    Place cardstock on the paper piercing mat. Line up the guide line of the template with the edge of the cardstock.

    If you plan on layering the paper pierced layer, do that before paper piercing the border. Adhering the pierced layer to another piece of cardstock after the piercing, may close the pierced holes a bit because of the adhesive.

  8. Step 6

    Insert your Paper Piercing Tool in the hole under the guiding line that is lined up with the cardstock.

  9. Step 7

    Leave the paper piercing tool in the cardstock and turn the template so that the guide line over the next hole is lined up with the edge of the cardstock, and then pierce.

  10. Step 8

    Continue to pierce, turning the cardstock while the paper piercing tool is inserted. Repeat the "pierce and turn" until you've pierced all the way around your curved edge, oval or circular shape.

  11. Step 9

    Finish the card.


Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Another great tool for piercing around a circle is the round plastic canvas pieces you can purchase in any craft store.
dini  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 6:21 AM
Thanks for the tutorial. I especially liked the lesson on piercing circles! Clever, clever, clever!
Mrs O  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 6:45 AM
Where do you get this template?
zubie  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 6:52 AM
where did you get this template?
zubie  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 6:59 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial. Stampin' Up! mat packs can be purchased from independent demonstrators on their websites.
Debbie Martin  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 6:59 AM
The template that is used in this video is from Stampin' Up - Comes in the "Mat Pack" with the foam mat . Great tool!!
Sue Worthington  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 7:01 AM
What technique did you do to the red flowers?
Beth  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 7:18 AM
Great instructions! Now I NEED to get the template.
Storm  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 7:29 AM
I've had this tool for so long and never knew how to do circles with it. You've opened up so many more possibilities now. Thanks for the great tip and tutorial. We'll never be done learning and will probably forget some of the things we knew way back when...It's great that you readdress things we think we already know about!!!! Hugs~
Michele Ghent (mitchygitchygoomy)  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 7:32 AM
Thanks for the video tutorial. Looks easy that that I've seen it on the circle.
Wanda M.  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 7:46 AM
Thank you Beate!! I have used the plastic canvas, other piercing templates but have not had the results I wanted. After seeing this video it's time to order a SU piercing kit:) Thank you for such great, easy to follow video tutorials!!!
SandyC.  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 7:54 AM
Thank you so much for this video, I always punch by just looking at it, and as you know I never get them even........Your videos are so good...I've not been at this very long and they certanilly do help. thanks again
Patricia Foco (Patti)  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM
Beth, I colored the flowers with Copic Markers. You can see a close up of the flowers as well as a list of colors used in this blog post.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 8:09 AM
For all the paper piercing I have done, it NEVER occurred to me to pierce a circle or curved edge. It is so simple - thanks for showing me how.
by ann  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM
I will certainly order the Stampin Up template! I love the tut on the smart.
Marian  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 8:32 AM
love the tut. Im glad i can use my
sewing machine too. for holes.
Lisa Hine  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 8:34 AM
May I suggest a far easier way to paper pierce the circle. At most craft stores, WalMart, Zellers, KMart, etc, you can buy a package of plastic circles in the sewing department. ($!-$2) They are generally used for needlepoint coasters and therefore have concentric pierced circles . Different sizes are available.
cdnoption  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM
Thanks for showing how you pierce the circles.
MariLynn  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM
Beatte, the circle piercing tips are fantastic! Thank you for opening our eyes to the many added uses for the Stampin' Up! Mat Pack!!!
Joni Kelly  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM
How do I buy this tool
Lee Ann  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM

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