Reported by Heather Fuentes
Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for all things Martha. When Martha Stewart Craft products debuted, I couldn’t have been happier. I mean, seriously…have you SEEN that wall of glitter at your craft store? Sometimes the price points are a big high, but for the most part, I’ve enjoyed all of her tools and embellishment products.
While I own a few of the MS punches (and love them), I had yet to try the Punch Around the Page sets which retail for about $24.99 a set. Here, I was given a holiday set to work with. The Martha Stewart Crafts Aspen Punch Around the Page set features a really nice snowflake pattern. I used this set to make a quick and easy holiday card. I plan to put the negative snowflakes that popped from the punch as loose confetti inside my card, but they’d be great adhered to a project as well.
The sets are pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you need the assistance, each set comes with a handy guide. You do need to follow the sizing guides to ensure that your projects come out neatly and cleanly in regards to the corner punch and middle punch spacing, but again, the sizes are included on the guide.
The punches are a great weight, the wings flip in and out easily, they punch really smoothly, and they have quick and easy guides for lining up your paper.
As an aside, the punches I use the most are stored next to my work space in my craft area. I don’t remember where I saw the idea, but I use kitchen racks from Ikea and the MS punches fit perfectly! This set fit into my storage system with ease!
Next, I tried the Martha Stewart Crafts Fringe Scissors which retail for $12.99.
These scissors are great for super easy fringe, confetti and flowers. They work best on tissue paper, good on light weight papers, and even fairly well on heavier cardstock. No more buying expensive confetti for parties and you can bet the next few cards I send out will be filled with this stuff. The handles are ergonomic and pretty comfortable, and the blades are non-stick.
My daughter and I made this super easy and quick card for a friend who is in the hospital. The fringed flowers were fun, quick and easy with the scissors. Tissue paper would be great just fringe-cut in big long strips as decoration for a party.
To make these flowers, I used a vintage sewing pattern and yellow copy paper in strips of 12″ x 2″ or so. I cut the fringe straight into the strip about halfway, then simply folded the long strip on top of itself adhering the middles with glue dots and putting other embellishments on top. Quick, easy, cute.
Overall, I enjoyed using both products and am excited to add more punch sets to my crafty tool arsenal. The scissors certainly make the fringe job easier!
- Both products were extremely easy to use.
- Both products were comfortable to hold and handle.
- Punch set punches easily through most papers.
- Scissors make an otherwise tedious job easy.
- Price point on the punch set is a little high, but you can use a coupon at a big-box craft store.
- Fringe scissors have a specialized use, not a multi-tasker.
The kind folks at EK Success Brands will be giving one lucky winner their very own Martha Stewart Around The Page Punches and Fringe Scissors. To enter, just leave a comment on one of the Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page or Fringe Scissors. Answer any one of these questions in the Comments Section right below this article on our website.
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