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Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch

Reported by Morgan Novak
When I first saw the Double Edge Punches from Martha Stewart I wasn’t so sure about them. I’m a pretty big card maker and love edge punches for the ease with which they add fun shapes to an otherwise angular card, and since these double edged punches cut the strip completely off your paper, I didn’t think that I was really interested. But, leave it to Martha to win me over and get me totally hooked on a whole new range of punches!

Just like the Martha Stewart Edge Punches, the Double Edge Punch has arms that fold down when you are punching, but fold back up for easy storage when you are done. They also work exactly like the Edge Punches, with a guide that shows you where to place your partially punched paper for an easy continuous line.


I really love this particular pattern, “Bangle Chain Trim” and couldn’t wait to start playing around with it. I made my first double edged strip out of Bazzill Swiss Dot Cardstock and the punch worked really well through this regular weight cardstock with next to no wonky edges.

I decided to make a quick little “belly band” for a mini apple pie with some easy layering and a little stamped image that I colored in and then foam taped onto the band after I wrapped it around the box. Be sure to cut the band about half an inch longer than needed so that you can easily hide your adhesive under the overlap when you wrap it around your box, bag, treat or gift!

One of the first things that sprung to mind when I started brainstorming what could be done with the strips punched by the Double Edge Punch was making a good old fashioned paper chain like the ones we used to make in pre-k, but amped up a little bit. I chose some tone on tone patterns from my stash of heavier double-sided patterned papers and got to punching.
The punch did have some trouble punching through these heavier papers, and on a couple of occasions I found myself having to trim off some shredded edges. The handle also got stuck locked down a couple of times, but as I was punching I realized that this was probably happening when I didn’t sweep the excess paper and little bits out from under the punch every couple of punches. It also helps to blow the tiny paper bits out of the punch every now and again, kind of like blowing the dust out of an old Nintendo game cartridge.

I hung my crafty little paper chain in our dining room and I really like the look of the intricate punched pattern way more than just a solid strip of paper. This could be a great decoration idea for all sorts of parties and special occasions.

While I was punching all the strips for my paper chain I got the idea to cut the strip in half and then stagger and layer the halves to create my own pattern. I used strips of paper that were about an inch longer than I wanted the final pattern to be so that I had the freedom to stagger them to create the pattern, and then trim off the excess. I cut my strips in half after they were already punched so that I could see exactly where I was cutting them in half.

I cut a strip each from 3 different colors of tone on tone pattern and cut them in half for a total of 6 half strips. It was really easy to line this particular pattern up, and then adhere it to the page before I trimmed off the excess edges. I would suggest using a clear dot adhesive for the most even adhesive application on the back of these intricate strips.


I only used 6 half strips to make a little patterned area, but imagine how a whole background would look, or a patterned section on a card, or a half strip lining the edges of a cupcake stand!
Despite some hiccups with heavier weight papers, I can really see myself embracing this new line of Martha Stewart punches. I had a lot of fun creating with the “Bangle Chain Trim” Punch, There are lots of possibilities with this punch alone, never mind all the other designs in the Double Edge Punch line!
Pros:
  • Sides of the punch fold up for easy storage.
  • Versatile Designs that can be used with many different styles of project.
  • Really minimal amount of paper waste left after you punch, only about 3/8″ with this particular punch.
Cons:
  • Punch sometimes gets stuck closed when working with thicker papers, if not cleaned out often enough.
  • Some issues with shredding the edges of the punched design when working with thicker papers.

Are you already punching away with these new Double Edge Punches? What have you been making with them? And if you don’t already own them, what projects can you see yourself using them for in the future?
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10 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch

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    Carole RB June 14, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    No, I never used double edge punches. I never thought I would use them often so it wouldn’t be worth the price. But for this one, I really like what it does and it is more versatile. I might buy one!

    Have a nice day

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    {VICKI} June 14, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    OMG!
    I love this punch!
    I don’t have the double edge punch but
    I have several other punches and use them all the time on my scrapbook pages.

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    Anita June 14, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Cool projects! I have never used one.

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    mescartes June 14, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I agree with Carole RB who said : “I never used double edge punches. I never thought I would use them often so it wouldn’t be worth the price”. I have two Martha Stewart border punches and love them! This one seems really cool !
    RachelB

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    Kathy June 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    I have eight of these big deep edge punches by Martha Stewart, and they have become my go-to faves! I use them for border strips, and I have taken the one you used today, cut it in half like you did, and framed a large circle chipboard embellie with it. I am going to try the layering tip on a layout today! Great punches! I’ve never had a sticking problem at all!

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    Shaaron June 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I have a couple smaller punches of Martha Stewarts and I love them but this one takes the cake. I would use it to do greeting cards and note cards for sure. Would work with a lot of my crafts. I would love to have it.

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    Jan Castle June 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I have quite a few and each one is gem!!! They are soooo helpful with card making, scrap books, even making flowers etc. Love them!!! Check out Becka Feeken’s blog ‘Amazing Paper Grace’ for instructions on making the flowers.
    Jan

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    Chris Wooten June 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    no have not used them but want too….are you giving them away..if so count me in please…

    these look awesome

    chris
    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

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    Chris Wooten June 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    no have not used them but want too….are you giving them away..if so count me in please…

    these look awesome

    chris
    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

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    Barb Sabo January 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    I have purchased 3 of the bangle chain trim punches and NONE of them work! I wish I knew why; I love them.
    Barb