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Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch

Reported by Taylor Usry

I received a Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch (along with some wonderful paper) from Martha Stewart Crafts recently, and jumped at the chance to test this new product out. The punch I’m sharing with you today is called the Bangle Chain Deep Double Edge punch; there are several other styles available in stores and online.

I started by comparing the overall size of the double edge punch to several of the other Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page edge punches I currently own. Wow – this new double edge punch is much bigger! You can see above how much taller it is.

Here are the punches viewed from the front. The beefier one on the left is the Double Edge Punch.

Looking down at the punches it is easy to see the difference in length as well. For this shot I unfolded the sides of both punches. The Double Edge Punch also has a heavier weight than a regular edge punch, and a larger handle.

The Double Edge Punch is very simple to use. When viewed from underneath, you should see the wrong side of your paper – so you put the paper in the punch right side up (the side you want to see on your project).

It take a bit more force to squeeze this punch, but that is attributable to its considerable heft. I often hold my regular punches upside down to punch them, and that made this one a bit harder for me to squeeze (Note: I have nerve damage in one arm, which is why I do it this way. They are designed to just press down on). It still punches through card stocks and patterned papers just as well as the regular Martha Stewart edge punches. To line up the design and punch correctly, you want to make sure to place the punched-out image directly above the guidelines. In the picture above, you can see some of the cream-colored punch base. That is the incorrect placement for your paper.

Always line up your punched paper as shown above, precisely over top of the cream-colored outline. This will ensure a perfect punch!

The finished piece is about an inch and a half thick, as you can see when it’s placed on my Martha Stewart Scoring Board. Isn’t that wood grain paper gorgeous? It’s from the In Nature collection, and I was lucky enough to receive it in my goodie box from the kind folks at Martha Stewart Crafts!

Here’s another close up shot of the intricate design of this punch. You can see how cleanly the punch operates. There are no jagged or frayed edges, and every segment lines up really well, thanks to those guides on either side of the punch.

I made a few quick projects using this punch. The first were little paper cone treat holders for party favor treats (my son’s first birthday party was this weekend, and this seemed like a great idea for kids of different ages!). Doesn’t this Double Edge Punch make a gorgeous handle? And I love the yellow paper (also from the In Nature collection).

I also made a simple, botanical-themed card. I used the punched piece in lieu of ribbon, and set it with jumbo eyelets to create a raised ripple effect.

On the edge I placed a little butterfly, created using a Martha Stewart Stamp and Punch set. I love that Martha’s products work well together.

I am absolutely enamored with this Deep Double Edge Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts! It punches a variety of card stocks and patterned papers quickly and cleanly, and the possibilities are endless with it. I’ll be able to easily make borders for scrapbook pages, cards, altered and 3D items….my head is positively swimming with ideas!

Pros:

  • able to create quick borders and accents
  • easy to use guides make proper punching a breeze
  • available in a variety of designs
Cons:
  • larger size doesn’t fit in the same drawer as my other punches (I’m being nitpicky, I know!)
  • due to the heavier weight of this, it may be a bit harder to squeeze the handle together
  • I’d like to see this offered in matching patterns to existing edge punches, so people (ok, ME!) can create sets of coordinating items
The Deep Double Edge Punch is available online and in retail stores, and will jump right into your shopping cart with a budget-friendly MSRP of $17.99. 
Do you have one of these punches, or have you tried one before? Tell me all about it! What amazing projects have you made with it?

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14 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch

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    Toucan Scraps June 13, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    wow, both of those look good.

    I don’t have any MArtha Stewart punches, just some Fiskars ones. They were the only make our craft store (now closed) would stock.

    But I do like the look of those MS ones

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    LaceTopDesigns June 13, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I have a few Martha Stewart edge and corner punches and the butterfly double edge punch. Martha Stewart punches are very robust. They’re well made and Ive got them to punch through cardstock that other branded punches wouldnt.

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    ShoppingTamii June 13, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    this one looks fun!

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    kurlygirl June 13, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    I don’t own any Martha Stewart punches, but they are beautiful!

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    Tanya June 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    These are gorgeous!

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    Bonnie in SC June 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I just got a new MS punch called French Scroll and I love it. I did a little demo on my blog. I also have several of the deep edge punches too. I really like them, not only because of the unique designs, but they are sturdy too.

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    RedGem June 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I have several of these large punches. Recently Becca from Amazing Paper Grace.com used a MS Lattice punch to create a lattice mitered frame. Since then I look at these punches in a different light. Check out her blog on 5/30/11.

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    Linda June 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    This is such a beautiful border punch!! I do have a few Martha Stewart punches and really love them. I haven’t seen these punches at my local store yet.

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    Anita June 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Haven’t tried one yet! Thanks for the comparison.

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    Hee Jin R. June 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    I have a few and love them

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    Kathy June 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I stayed true blue to my original border punch manufacturer Fiskars, until one day I got so frustrated with them sticking that I bought a MS punch. I am now a convert. I own 8 of these large border punches as well as a couple of around the corner punches, and they are THE BEST! They always cut cleanly and sharply, are so easy to use, and I store them easily standing on top of a CD rack where I store my stamps. The best punch product around IMO!!!

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    JoAnnG June 14, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    That is a beautiful punch. I really like the idea that there is a guide for you to use to get perfect results.

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    {VICKI} June 14, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    I do nothav this punch but I have several other punches and use them alot

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    Chris Wooten June 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    really cute punch…do not own any yet..

    chris
    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com