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Review | Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Scissors [Video]

Reported by Angela Butler-Carter

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Fiskars is synonymous with quality. As a crafter I have many of their products in my craft space and I rely on these products on a daily basis. I never worry about them not being able to perform. From my paper trimmers to scissors, Fiskars has established themselves as a leader in the industry.

I currently own five pairs of Fiskars scissors including my Fiskateer scissors and my grandmother’s scissors that were passed down to me after her passing years ago. I use them daily while I’m crafting, or repairing a hem for my husband, or even opening all my lovely packages from my online shopping addiction habit.

When I was presented with the opportunity to review a pair of scissors from Fiskars I knew I wanted to do a bit more research on the topic. I rounded up all the scissors I own (ten pairs currently) and I did a little test. Some scissors are made for tight spaces. There are scissors for lefty’s like my husband. There are non-stick scissors for sticky substances and there are all-purpose scissors. Each of the scissors I own serve a different purpose and each of them are relied upon to do their job and do it right every time.

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Here is how Fiskars describes the new Amplify Mixed Media shears:

Our Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears are premium shears designed for cutting extra-thick mixed-media materials. They sense blade separation and force the blades back together to cut cleanly through thick materials like corkboard, thick cardstock, magnet and much more. Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears are available in three sizes for cutting in tight spaces, all-purpose cutting and large-scale projects requiring long, clean cuts. For crafting and mixed media enthusiasts hoping to make their next project their best, nothing on the market outperforms Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears. All include a sheath to protect the blades and a lifetime warranty.

Features:

  • Ideal for cutting in tight spaces and detailed cuts through multiple layers or thick and heavy mixed media materials like cardstock, magnet, chipboard, fiberglass cloth and much more
  • Amplify™ technology senses blade separation when cutting thick fabrics and forces the blades back together for crisp, clean cuts every time — the floating blade tang transfers energy to the torsion bar which adjusts the blade to its optimal angle
  • Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
  • Length: 6″
  • Lifetime warranty
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Do the 6″ Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media shears live up to the Fiskars standard and hype? Watch the video to see me put these scissors through some tests to see what they can do!

Pros:

  • Even pressure cutting from base to tip
  • Small size blade makes for easy maneuvering and is space saving for storage purposes
  • Full size handle fits comfortably in the hand
  • Protective cover is convenient for travel to protect the blades

Cons:

  • Price is high for scissors. (But with an available coupon from the major retailers these scissors are very affordable.)
  • The cover has a loose fit on the scissors and there is potential for it to slip off during transport.

Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears come in three sizes (6″, 8″, and 10″). The 6″ Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media shears have an MSRP of $24.99.

Studio Sticky-Back Canvas

Reported by Erin Bassett
As someone who dabbles in mixed media projects, I was thrilled when I first found out about Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas. Using the Sticky-Back Canvas allows crafters the ability to add the nice texture of canvas to projects that they wouldn’t easily be able to create with bolts of canvas fabric or stretched canvas art boards.
One of the first things I tested was how well gesso, ink, and Glimmer Mist took to it. -They all did so wonderfully. I tested them out by making a bookmark. I cut out a 1 1/2” x 4 3/4” piece of Sticky-Back Canvas and with my finger applied Studio Gesso on top of it. I then allowed it to dry for a few minutes, and then stamped on it with black Stazon ink.
After the ink was dry I sprayed it with two colors of Glimmer Mist. I love how the gesso resits the mist, but the canvas soaked it right up.
Next, I removed the paper liner on the back of the Sticky-Back Canvas and stuck it on a coordinating scrap of seersucker fabric I had.
The Sticky-Back Canvas adhered to the fabric really well, but I still added some decorative stitches with my sewing machine. Lastly, I frayed the edges of my fabric.
For my next project I wanted to see how well my Cricut Expression would do cutting out a design so I decided to make a flower pin.
The Sticky-Back Canvas cut very well using the standard Cricut blade. There was one little corner that I had to snip with my scissors, but other than that, my Cricut Expression cut through it like butter.
Once I had my flowers cut out I used Studio Acrylic paint to paint them and then I let them dry.
After they were dry I decided to run them through my Cuttlebug to see if it would emboss like paper would. Guess what? It does! On my first test one I just ran a piece of Sticky-Back Canvas (with the backing on it) through the Cuttlebug…it worked! For another test I cut out a flower out of Bazzill cardstock with my Cricut and adhered the Sticky-Back Canvas directly to the cardstock flower to give it some support. I then ran it through the Cuttlebug and it worked just as well. After embossing the flowers I rubbed brown ink over the top of them to further enhance the embossing.
You can see a video of how to make a flower pin like the one I made above.
Also, check out this video on how Tim Holtz uses Sticky-Back Canvas to create a brad with an Imaginisce i-Top brad maker.
Pros:
  • Acid-free, non-toxic adhesive
  • Heat gun can be used on it
  • Many, many media can be used on in to decorate it
  • Can be cut with electronic & manual die-cut machines
  • Easy to sew through
Cons:
  • The canvas is lightweight, so you may need to adhere it to something stiffer to support it.
  • Only comes in 8 1/2” x 11” and 12” x 12” sheets, so people who do larger projects will have to attach multiple pieces together to get the size they need.
Have you had a chance to play with Sticky-Back Canvas yet? Show us the link to your project…we’d love to take a look!
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