(Wow. How many times do you get to write a five-F sentence???? Without using a dirty word?)
Anyway … For cutters, scissors and punches, Fiskars is still golden.
Fiskars has a tool for every need, but my focus is usually on those that are particularly useful for paper crafters.
For example, it was punch lust at first sight when I saw this adorable XOXO punch:
This was perfect for Valentine’s Day cards — so fast and easy. But I see more uses. I have several weddings coming up and I think this could be a card making winner. Here’s a quick one I made, inspired by some scraps on my desk:
(The sequins are from Lawn Fawn.)
The punch was also perfect for some foiling:
(I am somewhat obsessed with foiling since I’ve been playing with various foils and adhesives from Therm O Web. But that’s another post…. stay tuned. The background embossing plate on the above card is the grid folder from Spellbinders. Love it.)
At the Januray CHA show, crafters of all types were checking out the new Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail*.
I sometimes get a little wobble with smaller personal trimmers, so this should be a boon to my cutting. The reinforced aluminum cut rail (with a locking system) promises to eliminate cutting wobble – which is a problem with my old personal trimmers. (Or maybe it’s me? Either way, this one is a delight.) Other nice features include a paper clamp/smudge guard (something else I need!), a self-leveling extension arm that stretched to 15 inches, and an extra wide base for a bigger work space.
(Here’s my big admission — I was recently working on a small, crowded desk and put the trimmer on my lap so I didn’t have to move to a larger, cleaner work table, assuming I could find one. I know, I know … lazy crafter. Don’t judge. But the good news this, this is so sturdy, it still cut fine with just my flabby thighs for support.)
More exciting Fiskars punches are in the works.
*Fiskars was kind enough to send me this cutter to try.
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