Paper Piercing Tools

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Paper Piercing Tools
Paper piercing makes use of tools for an elegant effect. (scrapbooking image by Philippe MICHAUD from

Paper piercing is a scrapbooking technique. Paper piercing uses a special metal piercing tool and various accessories to create decorative hand-sewn or lace effects on paper. Scrapbook artists often draw lines from dot to dot with markers or other drawing tools to simulate homespun stitching or elegant tatting on scrapbook projects.

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Paper Piercing Stylus

The metal stylus tool is specifically constructed for the paper piercing craft technique. The tool resembles a pen in length and diameter; the textured metal handle is generally 3.5 inches long; the piercing tip is about 1 inch long. While a push pin or simple sewing needle may suffice as a substitute, the piercing stylus is more comfortable to use.


Some paper is obviously better than others for paper piercing. Avoid basic white paper, and opt for thick card stock, vellum, parchment or fibre paper. The thicker, more fibrous paper is tear-resistant and will retain its shape, unlike thinner, less quality papers. Moreover, the higher quality paper will better accept craft medium such as paint and marker.

Piercing Mat

The sharp metal tip of the paper piercing tool may stab into or damage the tabletop or other surface below the paper; therefore, a piercing mat is recommended to protect the underlying surface. Craft stores may sell the mat separately or in combination with a piercing tool, but a cork board or thick mouse pad is sufficient.

Piercing Template

The piercing template is a flat plastic plate, punched with holes of varying diameters and patterns. A variety of templates abound for the scrapbooker, limited only by the crafter's imagination: doilies; store-bought pattern cards and templates; freeform patterns and cards; and more.

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