Becca Bit: Punching Frames

Hi there blog friends!  I have a Becca Bit to share with you today that’s a spin off of the card I did yesterday with the punched frame.  So many of you asked me to walk through how I punch that frame and get it to line up – so I show you how.  Although every punch is different, I figure out how they align then I use this method.

After looking at the YouTube you might ask how do you figure out what the offset on a punch is.  Play around with it :-)  The offset is rarely more than 1″ and quite often is 1/2″, 5/8″ or 3/4″.  I’ve also found that manufacturers rarely use an odd offset like 16th’s.   To try to figure out the offset I usually try 1/2″ first, followed by 3/4″  then 5/8″.   Try it by punching your border then cutting the edge past the border in one of the increments I just mentioned, then flip your corner punch over and try to tell how it is matched.  It will either be end to end or a set of holes will align.  Through trial and error, you should be able to find the offset.  Write it down.  You can use it to for getting your corners perfect or for punching around the corner without the corner punch!!

  • Marge (mer)May 21, 2011 - 9:06 am

    You’re brain works in such amazing ways, Becca!!! I’ll definitely be trying this soon!!! I’ve purchased my round box @ Michaels for a flower loom (per your fabulous directions), so first chance I get I’m off to find the rivets and my hubby has a brand-new drill he’ll get to play with — LOL!!! ;-) LOVE your tutorials — TFS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara AKA GardenladyMay 21, 2011 - 9:16 am

    Yippee!! Another wonderful Becca Bit. Love this frame using paper punches. I definately will give this a try once we get my new hobby room finished. Right now I can’t find anything since my tools are packed in boxes. Thanks for taking the time to make this video for us….you are the bomb!!ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.May 21, 2011 - 9:18 am

    Thank U 4 this fantastic video. You make things look soo easy.
    Going back 2 my room 2 give this a try.
    Thanks again

  • Kathy in SequimMay 21, 2011 - 9:26 am

    You’re my favorite designer by far. Since you’ve already determined the offsets for numerous punches, would it be possible for you to list on your blog at least the Martha Stewart around the page punches’ offsets? Please?ReplyCancel

  • Debbi (UK)May 21, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Thank you so much for your ounch tutorials! They are fantastic and have opened a whole new word for me and my punches. Your talent shines through again.

    Thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Mz CookieMay 21, 2011 - 9:54 am

    Becca, this is an amazing tutorial. I can’t tell you how many punches I have that I’ve quit trying to use cuz they don’t work for me, well now, I am going to master them. And I think Mz Stewart should be paying you for teaching all of us…lol…. Amazing tutorial and idea. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity with all of us…ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie O'ClairMay 21, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Ooh this is awesome I never thought to try this technique. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Hugs BonnieReplyCancel

  • FayeMay 21, 2011 - 10:07 am

    Thank you, Becca!!! Craft room and M. Stewart punches, here I come.ReplyCancel

  • CathyMay 21, 2011 - 10:40 am

    Thank you for the tutorial. You make it look so easy. : )ReplyCancel

  • RubyMay 21, 2011 - 10:46 am

    Tku so much for your wonderful Becca bits! As I’ve said before I always look at a new punch and wonder….. how would Becca use this punch… haha… tks for your share! Please keep them coming!ReplyCancel

  • CharlotteMay 21, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Thank you for once again taking the time to show us how you achieve such beautiful creations! You make it look so easy – which encourages us to give these techniques a try! THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara JayMay 21, 2011 - 10:53 am

    You never cease to amaze me with the techniques that you figure out ! Thanks for the video. I am going to try it.ReplyCancel

  • BernieMay 21, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Thanks for another wonderful tutorial. I don’t have any this type of punch yet but I’ll know where to come when I do. I’ve used your last tutorial on making frames without the corner punch on several cards. LOVE IT. Thanks again!
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenMay 21, 2011 - 11:07 am

    You MUST HAVE a mechanical mind to have figured this all out!!!!!!!! :) WOW!!!! I could NEVER have done this!!! I’ll have to have my husband read this to figure it out!!!!!!! I DON’T HAVE ANY TYPE of mechanical mind !!!!!!!!! I WILL go and watch your video!!!!!!!!!! You’ve just BLOWN ME AWAY!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseMay 21, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Thank you for the excellent tutorial. I was going to ask for one but looks like I wasn’t the only one who wanted to know how.

  • Marilyn ClarkMay 21, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Thanks so much. Now, with your help, I have a chance to make it work.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaMay 21, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    Gracious! I thought those frames came that way. I had no idea YOU punched them!!!! Becca, you are a punch genius. An absolute genius! Thank you so much for the tut.ReplyCancel

  • Diana BMay 21, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    OK, so that takes care of the smaller frame on that card – looks like you did something a bit different for the larger one, but I bet we can figure it out! Thanks, as always, Becca, for your generous spirit.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine AllenMay 21, 2011 - 12:07 pm

    Becca –

    Thank you so much for this. I LOVE your Becca Bits!

    Elaine AllenReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisMay 21, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    Awesome tutorial. I now can look at my punches in a different way. So clever you are Becca. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)May 21, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    I agree with all the previous comments, especially Mz Cookie, the 6th comment. You’re are a gem and I am truly blessed to have found you and your blog.ReplyCancel

  • MatildeMay 21, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Becca, thank you so much – I love your videos – you are an excellent trainer and make everything very clear – thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge and talent! I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

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  • Marcie SmithMay 21, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    Another wonderful tutorial and love the way the card came out using this method.
    Creatively yours,

  • Elizabeth LincolnMay 21, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Thanks Becca, you made this so easy to understand. A previous blogger had a great idea. If you wouldn’t cause you too much grief, is it possible to post the offset amounts on the MS punches you have already recorded. That would be so helpful for those of us not as talented as yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Harriet ClarkMay 21, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    Becca, you’ve done it again! With your creativity, generosity of spirit, and sharp thinking, you’ve given us a new use for our punch collection! Many thanks! And as some of the other commenters mentioned, maybe you could tell us the offsets for some of the MS punches. That would be a big help!!
    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne CMay 21, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    Great tutorial Becca, thanks. DianneReplyCancel

  • Barbara GhigliottyMay 21, 2011 - 8:34 pm

    Hi Becca, I just wanted to thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! Actually, ALL of your videos and written tutorials are so helpful! I look forward to seeing your post EVERY DAY ~ You are an amazingly talented lady, and so sweet to share your tips with us! Thank you so much!!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara GhigliottyMay 21, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I just want to thank you so much for this tutorial! Actually, ALL of your tutorials and videos are so helpful!!! Thank you for being so sweet to share your tips and beautiful projects with all of us ~ We are really blessed to have you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa RomaniMay 21, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    Great explanation and tutorial! I think I’ll write my offsets right on the punch with sharpie too, so I don’t have to find some mysterious book in my “Craftastrophie” (word courtesy of Lydia Feidler) of a stamp room.ReplyCancel

  • MickieMay 21, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    Fantastic! You are just so smart. I will try this and write the measurements on masking tape and stick on my punches. Thanks for the tutorial, it was great!ReplyCancel

  • varshaMay 21, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    thank you ,Becca……………………………….your tutorials are all very helpful..ReplyCancel

  • pat pMay 22, 2011 - 3:24 am

    I always love your Becca Bits. They are so clear and helpful. You must be a math person or have really good logic skills. I would never have been able to figure it out with out a visual..Your tutorials are really helpful and show it so much better than words..
    thanks Becca

  • TerriMay 22, 2011 - 10:19 am

    WOW! Thank you for another amazing tutorial.

    Ter ;)ReplyCancel

  • JoanMay 22, 2011 - 10:52 am

    I am new to your blog and just watched your video. What do you and everyone else mean by ‘offsets’ ? I have quite a few MS punches and they tell you to use a certain size paper to have them come out right.
    It looks like maybe you are using sizes other than what they say to use–is that what you are doing? I just don’t understand offsets??
    I will have to look at the video again–how in the world would I know if I need to cut off an inch or something else or what side I need to cut off anyway. Can you tell I really struggle when it comes to anything that involves math.
    Sorry to be so dense, would some one be kind enough to explain the whole concept please. tiaReplyCancel

  • JoanMay 22, 2011 - 11:00 am

    I am new here and just watched your video. I don’t understand what you mean by ‘offsets’. I have several of MS punches and they tell you to use certain size papers so they come out right.
    I guess I don’t understand offsets and what you are doing—but I would
    like to learn if you or someone would please explain to this dense person.ReplyCancel

  • LorililacMay 22, 2011 - 11:36 am

    Thank You Becca. You saved me a lot of guessing and Hoping it will work.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannMay 22, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    Thanks soooo much fir another great tutorial here Becca, I agree, your brain really knows how tto work things out ina great way, and thanks for sharing all that with us too.ReplyCancel

  • LupingMay 22, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Your work inspires me to the maxReplyCancel

  • AlexMay 22, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Ooh this is awesome I never thought to try this technique.I always love your Becca Bits. They are so clear and helpful. thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Rachel BrooksMay 22, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    Wow! Becca the wizard! This will save me MUCH paper (from errors) and MUCH frustration. Great tutorial – hardly a bit – more like a mammoth help! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel BrooksMay 22, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    Wow! This will save me LOTS of paper (from trial and error) and LOTS of frustration! It’s hardly a Becca BIT, more like a Becca BOUNTY! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • EileenMay 23, 2011 - 7:49 am

    Thank you for another wonderful tutorial Becca… are one smart cookie!
    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • Vicki BMay 23, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    You give great tutorials. I watched this one and also the one for using edge punches without the corner punch to go with it. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • JalineMay 23, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    Very good informations, thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • debra mMay 23, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    What IS an offset?? I need to know what I need to measure. Sorry to be sooooooo basic!ReplyCancel

  • nancy wolffMay 26, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    Becca your talents are amazing. Thank you for all your tutorials. I’ve been able to punch great borders using the technique in your tutorial “Punching a perfect border”, but I’m having trouble with this Becca Bit using the corner punch. I can’t seem to get the off set right. I’ll keep trying. Thanks again, for all you do. God Bless.