Dear Fellow Crafters,
Craft or paper punches for use in rubber stamping are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Punches vary from tiny, intricate designs to large bold shapes. In Part One of this post, I’ll talk about punches in general and some ways you can use punches. In Part Two, we’ll get into the different manufacturers and the type of punches they make.
The most common punch is the table punch. You place the punch on a hard, firm surface, place the paper inside and press down firmly. If a punch stops cutting clear shapes, they may need sharpening. Punch a sheet of aluminum foil several times to sharpen the punch. You can also use wax paper to lubricate. The more intricate the shape of the punch, the more force is required to punch a clear shape.
In the beginning, I amassed a great many little punches: apples, stars,hearts etc. My collection grew when I visited The Great American Stamp Store in Westport CT. I was overwhelmed by the choices! There were so many small and big punches as well as stamps and paper products.
Here are a few uses for paper punches:
1. Cut 3 or 4 green hearts to make shamrocks.
2. Punched out circles make buttons
4. Flower petals
5. Background paper
In Part Two, we’ll explore the different shapes such paper corner, basic, extra-large multi-shape, border punches, squeeze punches, lever, and the ones I’ve bought.
‘Til next time,
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