If you’re like me, you use your punches often and are always on the look out for cool new edges and shapes, as well as new and improved versions of the basics. When I first caught sight of the Martha Stewart Punch All Over The Page Punches from EK Success I was intrigued. They instantly set my gears spinning, thinking about what I would punch if I really could punch anywhere on a project. It was a, “how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” kind of scenario! So, when my “Flourish Square” Punch All Over The Page Punch showed up at my door, I was ready to get chucking!
This is what the punch looks like out of the box. The size and shape make it very comfortable in your hand and I was very pleased that it feels really sturdy, but isn’t too heavy.
The Punch All Over The Page Punch has two parts, the top punching mechanism and the bottom, window/guide.
I attached a piece of patterned paper to a pre-made card base, opened the card up and then sandwiched it between the top and bottom pieces of the punch. I was really impressed with how awesome the magnets are! Although they are able to easily keep their hold through multiple layers of cardstock and paper, they still allow you to shimmy the paper around a little bit to get the punch exactly where you want it on your project.
As you can see, I did have a little bit of gunk on the inside of my card after I removed the punch, but I’m sure that this is just a matter of cleaning the manufacturing oil/dirt off of the punch when you first get it.
After, I punched my card front, I also punched a double layered square and added foam tape to the back for a little extra dimension before matching up my windows and adhering it to my card.
The punch easily helped me create a cute framed out window that gives you a little peek into the stamped inside of my card.
It was super quick & easy, and already has visions of many different windowed cards dancing around in my head! It also started me thinking about what else you can glimpse into, like a window, and I immediately thought about the many times I’ve wished that I could glimpse into someone’s thoughts, which in turn gave me an idea for a scrapbook layout!
I decided to use some found upholstery swatches that I’ve had lying around on my craft table as little lift-a-flaps to cover up my journaling on this page all about the simple little things that make me happy, even when I’m stressed out or grumpy.
Just like with my windowed card, I added foam tape behind the base of my windows for a little extra depth. I really loved being able to box my journaling in so that it seemed a little more contained and together. And, the punch worked perfectly, even through this super thick patterned paper.
For my last little project I wanted to make a quick treat box to put a stamp and some ink in to give to a friend who is just starting to craft. I bought this cardboard box at a little local shop and was able to easily punch through the top with the Punch All Over The Page Punch, even though the box was pretty sturdy! Then I just added some transparency behind the windows, made a quick little tag, tied on some bakers twine and I was good to go!
- The magnets on the punch have great hold, but are still forgiving.
- Now you can punch anywhere on a project and not be held back by how far your punch will reach.
- Easily punches through multiple layers as well as heavier papers & cardstocks.
- Because of it’s size and shape, the punches will be super easy to stack and store.
- You do have to punch a few times to get a hang of the even, from-above pressure needed with this new type of punch, but it’s worth it!
Our friends at Martha Stewart have given us a Punch All Over the Page to give away to two of our lucky readers. Leave a comment answering the question below to be in the running:
What kinds of shapes would you like to see in a Punch All Over the Page punch?
Leave us a comment and let us know. One comment per person per Punch All Over the Page article (this is the first of two). Winners will be selected on Monday, May 9, 2011.