PaperCrafting 101

Paper Crafting. Tools

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.

~Sallie.

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