Punch Around the Page

by Beate Johns

Create perfect borders and corners with Martha Stewart's new punch combo.



  1. Step 1

    Pull out the guide wings of the corner punch.

    Slide one corner of the cardstock into the punch. Make sure both sides of the cardstock line up right against the sides of the guide.

  2. Punch down.

    For seamless punching, you will need to start out with certain cardstock measurements. Those are 3 1/4", 5", 6 3/4", 8 1/2", 10 1/4" or 12".

    Instructions are included in the packaging, but you can find them here, too!
    Punch How-To (PDF, 315KB)

  3. Step 2

    Repeat on all four outer corners.

  4. Step 3

    Fold cardstock in half.

    Fold one wing of the corner guides back into the punch.

    Line up one of the inner corner edges with the corner punch.

  5. Line up the mark on the side of the punch with the score line.

  6. Step 4

    Repeat on all four inner corners.

  7. Step 5

    Unfold the guide wings of the border punch and slide cardstock in.

  8. Line up one of the corners with the corner image on the border guide.

  9. Step 6

    Punch your first border image.

  10. Line up punched border with border on guide and punch again.

  11. Step 7

    Punch again.

  12. Repeat on all borders.

  13. Step 8

    Fold card base in half.

  14. Decorate card front.


Questions and Comments

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

I can not get the corner punch to punch right. I saw where you can make a gift tag with just the corner punch. I can not get it to turn out. Any help I would love.
Shirley  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 9:56 AM
I am so bad about reading direstion (or the manual) so I had bought one of these sets, worked and worked to get it come out right and did not succeed. I opened the tutorial and said out loud "There are GUIDE WINGS????" Of course there are.....THANK YOU for posting this tutorial!!!
Peggy Dollar  |  Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 1:29 PM
Thanks Peggy for posting that. I still would like to know how to punch just the corners for a gift tag so they don't look so funny. Thanks.
Shirley  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 3:34 AM
Thanks so much for this Info!!! I have bought several of the edging -corner punches and had become very frustrated in how to get them to look right. Thanks so much.
Mary Ann Smith
Mary Ann Smith  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 8:03 AM
On your "Hint" measurements. (3 1/4", 5", 6 3/4", 8 1/2", 10 1/4" or 12"). Does that mean square as in 3 1/4 x 3 1/4~ 5 x 5. And so on?
Phillis  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM
Phillis, you can mix and match those for rectangles or use the same measurement for squares.
beate  |  Thu Jan 14, 2010 at 11:42 AM
Love your tutorials,you always make everything look so simple,thanks for sharing.x
Janette  |  Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 5:43 AM
Phillis, I have not tried your directions, yet, but am confused on the measurement of the paper. I used the 3 14 x 5 and it is too small for the A2 card. How do I get it to fit?
JEANNE  |  Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial. I didn't need it as I easily understood Martha Stewart's instructions but I'm glad that your tutorial mentions the 3 1/4", 5", 6 3/4", 8 1/2", 10 1/4" and 12" measurements. It will come in handy if I ever lose the instructions.
Judith Rachmani  |  Wed Mar 3, 2010 at 10:49 AM
Thank You so much for those measurements and tutorial. i will be saving all of that. Thanks Again.
Shirley  |  Wed Mar 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM
You make this look easy. Your tutorials are always helpful and so creative. Thanks.
Flo  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 7:42 AM
Does any one have any ideas where I can find these punches. I only saw them at walmart at Christmas time, and then never again. Of course I couldn't afford them then, so now I'd like to find them somewhere. Thanks
Jessica  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 11:19 AM
Jessica...Yes! They are at Michaels, and you can use their 40% off coupons on them! I just hope you have a Michaels near you.
Eileen  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 1:45 PM
The "cherry on top" website has Martha punches, if you can't find the ones you need at Michaels~
BrneyedSu  |  Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 12:53 PM
The Martha Stewart Punchs are also sold on HSN. If you purchase them at http://www.hsn.com/ you can purchase them for a greater discount than you can going to Michael's or anywhere else. That is were I buy all my Martha Stewart punches.
Melissa Clark  |  Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

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