Dear Fellow Crafters,
While researching this article, I discovered that the world of scrapbooking/stamping tools had grown while I was doing other things! The category is long: paper trimmers, punches, template and stencils, sticker machines, scissors, light boxes, crimpers. The most prominent manufactures are Martha Stewart, www.marthastewart.com/ EK success www.eksuccessbrancs.com/ HotofPress, http://www.hotp.com/ Ranger,http://rangerink.com/ WeR Memory http://weronthenet.com/products Xyron, http://www.xyron.com/en and Marvy. http://www.uchida.com Because the list Is long, I am going to talk about punches, scissors and paper trimmers.
New on the market is the AdvantEdge from Fiskars. More information is on their website: http:www2.Fiskars.com According to their site, “Magnetic paper clamp secures paper during punching ” and works with a variety of border punches. The prices look pretty reasonable.
Their Everwhere Punch Window System cam be found on http://www 2.Fiskars.com/Crafter/Products/Everywhere-Punch-Window-System. I refer to this tool as an early die cut. It creates window cards with magnetic base and locks in place. The punches are circle, honey-comb, lattice, and heart.
Intricate shape punches look a little like Spellbinders dies.
Border Punches are quite unique. The types are weave, lace heart, grass (one of my favorites) and are priced at about $15 each.
Squeeze Punches are handheld and are medium, large and extra large. Some of their types are scallop, hearts and are priced at about $19 each.
Corner Punches really spark your cardstock. They make decorative edges or rounded ones.
Paper Trimmers -There are many different ones out there. There are different features to each one. Some questions town ask yourself to determine which one Is practical for you are:
- Is it easy to store?
- Is it light enough to carry?
- Is it easy to use?
- Does it give a really good precise finish to your card?
- How many blades and are they easy to change?
My favorite is the Fiskar Portable Rotary Trimmer. It comes width a straight blade but you can buy scallop, perforating, and scoring.
Scissors -buy paper scissors AND cuticle scissors for fussy cutting. Decorative scissors have lots of different edge.
More next time.