The clear acrylic ruler is 12 inches in length and has a grid printed on the surface. One side has is numbered 0 through 12. It has metal edge, making it perfect for use with a craft knife.
The other side has a tapered edge, which makes it easier to draw lines. That side is a centering ruler with a zero in the middle and numbering from 1 to 5 on each side of the zero. That same side includes the piercing holes, which are spaced 1/8th of an inch apart.
Check out this video where Tim talks about the ruler.
You can see how the bottom row of my piercing goes a little crooked. Still, I really like this feature of the ruler. It can be so hard to get holes evenly spaced; the ruler is a great help. Plus, you can skip holes to put your piercing as close or as far apart as you want.
The ruler also made it super simple to line up two rows of pierced holes next to each other to do some stitching, like on the left side of my card.
Next up, I decided to try the centering part of the ruler. You use the grid to line up the zero in the middle of your paper. Then you can precisely space embellishments, doodlings, journaling boxes, etc.
I decided to give it a try for spacing my bling. It was super simple to find the center and adhere my gems in an orderly fashion.
Here’s my simple finished card.
Overall, I’m glad I chose the Tim Holtz Design Ruler as my first ruler purchase. Even better, since it’s so multi-functional, I’m pretty sure it will be the only ruler that I will buy.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $6.99. It is available at major craft retailers and online.
- It looks cool.
- Multi-functional with a metal edge for cutting, a tapered edge for drawing, holes for paper piercing and a centering ruler for precise placement.
- It’s see-through, so you can see what you’re doing. Plus it has a handy printed grid to ensure you line it up straight.
- The piercing holes where a little small for my piercer, which meant my ruler shifted a little when I wiggled it out of the holes.
- It’s a little slippery, so hold on tight when using it for cutting with a craft knife.
Have you tried the Tim Holtz Design Ruler? What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know!