Reported by Beth Silaika
Some days I feel like Tim “the Toolman” Taylor. I love my tools, arrrh arrrh arrhh!! This latest tool is the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch (model 922) and optional star template. It comes with the punch, which you can use alone, or it can be used in conjunction with the A, B or C plates. Using the A, B, and C plates allows the punch to be so versatile.
For most paper crafters, there are two types of paper which you use frequently with punches. The lighter paper, which is around 70 lb weight, is much easier to use with punches. The heavier card stock is usually between 80 lb and 110 lbs. Stampin’ Up! is around 90 lbs, so I decided to use that for my review, since it is a favorite of so many paper crafters.
If you use the punch without any of the plates, you get a nice design. On the left I used some paper which was provided to me by Kreations. It was a light weight card stock, around 70 lb weight, comparable to a nice designer paper. On the right, heavyweight card stock, Stampin’ Up!, approximately 90 lb weight. The punch easily punched through the light card stock, but it took a little more effort to punch through the heavier card stock. I had to place the Stampin’ Up! card stock on the desk and use my weight to push down to press through the paper.
That punch looks like the face of a jack-o-lantern, so I punched the design on a scrap piece of orange zest Papertrey Ink card stock (110 lb). Punching through this heavier 110 lb card stock took a little more effort, but the punch went through clean, without any jagged edges. Next, I punched the orange zest piece with a circle punch and then trimmed it to look like a pumpkin. I added some avocado scraps to complete the look. FABULOUS!!!
First, take one side of the plate and slide it in the side of the punch (as shown).
Second, slide in the second half of the plate and press the two plates together. They line up quite easily.
Here is the test with the A plate (white plates). It worked well with both weights of paper and although a little more “umph” was required to push through the heavier cardstock, the punch left no torn edges or jagged design.
On to Plate B, which is a corner design. This makes for a fun side for the edge of your card. You can even use this punch on a mat and tuck your photo in one, two or all four corners! FUN!
Plate C is one of my favorites, it makes a cute curved edge plus design. Oh the possibilities! So fun!!!
Here is a fun addition to the 4 in 1 punch….it is a Star Template Stencil Octagon which allows you to take your tool to the next level. First, you take the template and trim out your card stock. This is relatively easy, but a little time consuming, so I trimmed out three stars at once (you know, in case I made a mistake!).
Once you have your star trimmed out, you insert the “A” plates into your punch. Each point is inserted into the punch and you repeatedly punch each point out to create a fun design. Depending on how well the star was initially trimmed, you may have to trim a little portion of the edge off the border.
Depending on how well the star was initially trimmed, you may have to trim a little portion of the edge off the border. Here is the punched piece with the borders attached. I was able to easily trim them off and create a nice little “doily”.
I was able to use the trimmed doily to create a fun focal point on a card. Simply add some buttons to the center and a sentiment to the bottom of the card – this was such a simple design.
Take a peek at the Just Imagine Crafts blog here for a video on how to use this Star Template Octagon! I really enjoyed playing with the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch and I like the idea of being able to use one tool with a few tweaks to create many different looks. After a few punches however, the palm of my hand was a little sore. I guess I have gotten spoiled by my squeeze punches! I like the idea of the Star Octagon template too, but to create mass production of the template would be quite time consuming, so I will probably not be using it often. It will be one of those “unique” looks I use every once in a while on my cards.
- The 4 in 1 punch gives you several different looks, all with one tool
- easy to use, plates are very simple to change
- inexpensive, less than $16 for the 4 in 1 punch and less than $3 for the Star Octagon template
- punches through many weights of paper without leaving jagged or torn edges
- requires significant pressure to punch through heavier weight papers
- older style punch may make the palm of your hand sore
Do you own punches? What kinds of projects would you use these punches for?
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