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.

Now I can do circles too, YAHOO! Thank you.
Rose  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Beautiful cards and it adds so much to the design on cards. Thanks for an excellant video on the technique. I "gotta try".
Diana  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM
This is amazing!! Just yesterday I wanted to pierce around a circle and could not figure that out!! I had to give up on it, thanks so much for this tutorial!!
geri  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 2:04 PM
Thanks so much for this video. As usual, you made it so easy to follow. I never thought to use the paper piercer for circles, in fact I could never get it straight, so this video really helped me to understand.
Betty Nehus  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 2:33 PM
That was really helpful Beate. Thank you for the instructions.
Mary Ann Huntington  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM
thank you for the great idea of paper piercing
looks great never thought of that/
marlene geiger  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM
Thanks SO MUCH for the tutorial. I never knew how to do circle piercing. Thought you had to have a special piercer.
pam124  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM
Wonderful! I never would have thought of this technique for piercing a circle. Thank you SO much for sharing.
Sue S.  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 5:24 PM
just wanted to say thanks for this tutorial! I tried it out this afternoon and it works great! I don't have the mat pack but I do have the Tim Holtz ruler! Yay! It really works great.
tweetygirl  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM
I would never have thought to try to pierce a circle with a straight edge! Now I can't wait to try it! Thanks, Beate!
Suzi  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 5:59 PM
Can't wait to try this!!
Erika  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 6:05 PM
The great tip is to keep the tool is the hole as you turn it to line up. Thanks for the video! Carol
Carol Markley  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM
Wow! I always wondered how you got perfectly spaced piercing on circles. Thanks!
joyce  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 8:31 PM
Where did you get the Winter stamp set from?
Karen R Miklic  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 9:56 PM
Thanks so much Beate for showing how you paper pierce...especially the circles!! (and for reminding me that I have this piercing template but forgot all about it LOL!!!)
Terry  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Beatte, again, thanks for all you teach us. I appreciate that you tell us what stamps you use, and also would really like to know what Nestabilities you use in your projects. Keep up the great work. hugs & thanks, chris
chris bjornstedt  |  Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Beatte gives the best tutorials. Simple and easy and they always work wonderfully. Thanks Beatte.
Sylvia Johnson  |  Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Thanks for demo-ing the piercing on the circle! I never knew this template would work on a circle or oval! I should be able to sell a bunch of these now!
Lori P.  |  Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 5:29 AM
Hi Chris,
You can always find my tutorial samples in my Splitcoast gallery. I always list everything I use in the supply list there.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 5:37 AM
Great piercing. Beautiful card for this terrible winter we are having.
Diane  |  Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 7:17 AM

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