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Vendor Spotlight: Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions (Article 2 of 2)

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!!!

Next, I lined up all the plates to test their ability through the light and heavy card stock.

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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • requires significant pressure to punch through heavier weight papers
  • older style punch may make the palm of your hand sore
GIVEAWAY
The folks over at Just Imagine are giving three lucky readers a punch and their circle cutter.  To enter to win this prize, you need to make a comment on this post. To comment, just click below this article where it says “crafters have an opinion on this post” and answer this question…

Do you own punches?  What kinds of projects would you use these punches for?

One comment per person, per Vendor Spotlight: Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxion article (this is 2 of 2), please. Winner will be randomly chosen on July 1st and announced here on the blog.

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40 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions (Article 2 of 2)

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    Jackie June 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Those punches look like fun! I love the face on the pumpkin. I would use them for lots of different things – mostly on cards for corners, medallions, etc.

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    KanataNewf June 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    I am feeling the need to make more space in my punch box! This looks like a fabulous idea.

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    mitch1066 June 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    I just bought my first real punch (other than tiny dollar store punches).Theres an instant satisfaction that coms from using a punch:)Id use the puch to make cards and tags.

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    Savannah O'Gwynn June 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    WOW–and just when I thought punches couldn’t get any better! These look like fun! And what a great card!! Thanks so much for the review and chance to win:)

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    Kayla June 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    I have a crazy number of punches and a neverending wishlist for more.
    Recently i use mostly border and corner ones. I’m sure i’d find some use for this cutie.

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    Lindsey June 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Wow! This punch looks like a lot of fun. I would use it to add some new details to my cards!

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    smahrty June 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    I have a few punches, but would love some more! Love the little punkin guy! it is fun to mess around with them for different designs.

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    Sequana June 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    OMGosh…..I want this. I want this! *S*

    My cards would be so much cuter.

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    wilcoxdesigns June 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    I’ve been using border and corner punches a lot. This one looks like it has lots of possibilities.

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    Maryellen W June 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    This punch is so versatile. I’d love to use it for my scrapbook photo mats. I love the jack o lantern you made, that was very cute!

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    Laura Stewart June 30, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    yes, I have quite a few – sometimes they are just more convenient than pulling out the die cut machine – I use a lot of basic shape ones and borders

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    Janet L. June 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    I love punches and can surely see using this on my cards. Thanks for a great critique.

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    Lori June 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    These punches look like they would be great for cards! I love how versatile they look.
    hugs, Lori

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    Brittney June 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    I love punches – I think I’m addicted. These would be perfect for corners. Yummy!

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    Anonymous July 1, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Yes, I do have punches. I use them for scrapbooking and card making. Oh, the punch that you showed us looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Renee J.

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    thisgal July 1, 2010 at 4:16 am #

    These look like fantastic punches! I will take a chance on winning one because I’m sure they aren’t available yet in Aus!
    cheers, Rhonda

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    Lysa July 1, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    I love how the face for the pumpkin was done. It is so much fun to play with punches. Using this punch for corners gives a great look. Thanks so much for showing us the punch. Great review.

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    Elaine A July 1, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    I own 2 different Kreaxion punches I purchased at a stamp show. They are just wonderful designs. Wish I had the particular one you have, love the pumpkin face look – LOL! I agree that they are a bit harder to punch with, but they give such a beautiful result. I love them, great product.

    Elaine Allen

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    craftymom205 July 1, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    I have some basic shape punches and I have a corner rounder punch and some border punches from Martha Stewart. I would use these to decorate cards and for scrapbooking.

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    stephanie July 1, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    I love these punches and using this particular one for a pumpkin was a great idea. Love it.

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    Sandi Daub July 1, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Just bought a butterfly version of this punch-I thought I was a weakling because of my difficulty punching! Am looking forward to using it lots though.

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    Tona July 1, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I own a lot of punches. I use them mainly on cards but I have used them on layouts too.

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    Sarah W. July 1, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I own a lot of punches. I use them both for cards and scrapbook pages.

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    Jessica Wekenman July 1, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    These look great! I own a handful of punches, but trying to build up my collection! I make cards, and they would be great to have to add some variety to my designs!

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    Sherry @ Delightful Hands July 1, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    I love punches! My favorite are EK Success or Stzmpin Up!

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    Donna July 1, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    I have several punches. I love them and wish I had more. Love to use them on cards to make fancy corners or borders but most recently I’ve been checking out all the punch art that you can do with punches. It looks like fun!

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    Patchi July 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Those seem like great punches – amazing versatility! However, I’ll now always look at this particular one and see the Jack-o-Lantern face!!!!

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    Jen_in_Kansas July 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    One of my favorite projects is Punch Art and I can always use more punches!

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    loyaz July 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    I mostly have bigger, Stampin Up punches but I love what this one does (The pumpkin is too cute). I would use it a lot on my card creating I’m sure.
    DianeL
    loyaz1@wbhsi.net

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    Colleen C. July 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Punches are my favorite card making tool of choice. I would use these punches on my cards and handmade books.

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    Christine July 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Just wanted to say that I loved your idea for using the punch as the pumpkin face. These look like great punches. I use punches on my projects all of the time. It is a must have in any scrapbooker or card makers scrap room. Great article.
    xoxo, Christine

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    Julie July 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Great job on the pumpkin card. I love working with punches. I use them for borders and corners. Will have to try it on a pumpkin face, very cute.

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    ellen s. July 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    that pumpkin is the cutest!!!!!! omg….cuuuuteness

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    Ruby July 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    I have plenty of punches, of course I could always use one more. I think this would be neat to use on cards to frame out a stamped image. You didn’t mention how to one would store the plates, could it be a ‘con’, because my luck I’d lose or misplace them. Tks for the review though it makes up my decision.

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    CreatedByWendy July 1, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    Q: Do you own punches?
    Yes a couple of drawers full. But none like these!!!

    Goodness the fun I could have!

    Q: What kinds of projects would you use these punches for?
    EVERYTHING! ATC’s. Greeting cards. Would make a great hem for paper doll clothes. Origami. Need I go on?

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    pyesquire July 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    Those punches look like a great place to start I don’t have any so i sure would like to win a few
    Thanks for the chance
    Pye

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    Alyce July 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    These look like a lot of fun. They are different from the other punches I currently own. I have, I’d say more than 50 punches. I use them on the cards and atc’s I make.

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    Bonnie in SC July 2, 2010 at 12:46 am #

    These punches are so versatile. I like using punches that have more than one use.

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    Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    I have seen one of these punches the varied designs are fantastic,I would have to use a puch help to use them. I love the pumpkin idea & imagination of the author

    Sandy Lane rustydoc1@yahoo.com

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    Mary Friederichsen July 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I think I “need” these punches! There is so much versatility with just one punch, and they seem to be priced so reasonably for what you are getting!

    I use EK success, marvy and fiskars.

    Thank you for offering this wonderful giveaway!