Loc: Philadelphia, PA
|Posted: 9/19/2013 9:57:49 AM|
Punches are on sale at M's this week (55% off Recollections) and I am trying to get my basics together. So far I have:
Square 3.4" and 2"
Circle 2 3/4", 2", 1"
In thinking about card making and or other uses, do I have appropriate sizes?
I had the opportunity to get a 2.5" for $4.25 on clearance, but I passed since I had 2".
What do you have?
|Posted: 9/19/2013 10:10:44 AM|
Before you go out and buy a ton of punches, consider how much storage space you have. The recollections punches are really big. I have not had a huge amount of luck with them in how easy they are to punch with.
This is just me, but I only buy EK success flat punches now because they both work well and are very small to store.
I have the most border punches. I really like my inch circle and inch square. If you are going to stamp "inchies" it is sometimes nice to have a quarter inch bigger of that punch to make a nice matte for the inchie. However, this can also be done with dies like the Spellbinder's nestabilities, if you have a manual die cutting machine.
The square punches are nice too since you can make a perfect V cut for a banner.
I think that punches you can make flowers with are also very fun and useful. I also have a snowflake I like.
I hope that helped, since I did give a little more info than you asked for!
Also, the sales on punches do recycle. I think the 55% off one probably shows up twice a year. Try to think about how you are going to use the item and have a few different ways in your head before you purchase it.
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
|Posted: 9/19/2013 10:19:32 AM|
Thanks for your response and you gave a perfect answer. I do intend to use punches for stamping, card making, and scrapbooking. I have a Cameo and sometimes its annoying to get it all started just for one circle.
You're right, sales do recycle and that's why I only wanted the basics for now. With your post, I likely won't even buy another until I see how it works and if I like it enough. I just like to have what I THINK I need...lol...so I never have to wait. Maybe I should work on my patience some....
|Posted: 9/19/2013 10:23:34 AM|
Believe me, I understand the urge to buy a lot of craft supplies!
The other thing about punches imo, is that the basic square and circles are hard to find! TwoPeas was selling them in a lot of sizes for a little while, but then the phased them out. I didn't understand why since they are really hard to find in physical stores.
|Posted: 9/19/2013 10:54:58 AM|
I favor Fiskars punches for their quality and warranty. As well they are the only company that has a line of squeeze handled punches. You are right while dies are great punches are terrific for a quick cut.
I have accumulated lots of punches over many years. I have watched the galleries to see how others use them.
But these are the ones I keep within easy reach: 2 sizes of corner rounders, 3 sizes of small dot punches used to tie things onto cards, at least 1 seasonal punch and the 1" square punch.
|Posted: 9/19/2013 1:28:36 PM|
How about a scalloped circle or a scalloped square punch in case you want to mat one of your circle or square punched shapes? I bought one of each for the size I use the most...I don't know if Recollections has these because mine are all Fiskars, but I think I recall seeing them.
I agree with your comment about the Cameo...I don't like to pull mine out for one shape either, so now I have a collection of basic shapes in both dies and punches. I started out with mostly punches, but then moved into buying the dies instead because they were much easier to store, cheaper overall for having a number of different sizes, and I could cut out my shape from wherever I wanted on the page.
Loc: South Carolina
|Posted: 9/19/2013 3:08:51 PM|
Most of my punches are Martha Stewart sets with the border and corner punches so that you can go all the way around the card. I use border punches the most.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/19/2013 4:00:38 PM|
I understand your question & my response is to consider dies over punches for 'basic' shapes like circles & squares.
Unlike punches, dies allow me to create not just the shapes, but create openings anywhere on a piece. I can't do that with most punches since their 'reach' is limited.
I will go so far as predicting that punches are not going to be around as much in the foreseeable future. I predict that thin dies will be the go-to for many crafters. And I say 'thin' dies because they allow me to store & use them so easily.
For me? Thin dies are fast becoming the 'clear stamps' when I want to create shapes & spaces.
And for good measure? Thin dies don't break as easily as many punches.
|Posted: 9/20/2013 11:16:25 AM|
Several years ago, I hopefully, finished off buying my necessary punches. I have, squares in regular and ragged edges, circles in regular edge and scallops, ovals and some others, but I also have Sizzix dies in many shapes. I rounded out the sizes I thought I would use and got most of them with coupons and on sales as I was on a treasure hunt for several months. Don't buy punches at thrift stores as they usually don't work once you get them home.
I agree that uses the flat cuts are good because they takes less space, but my Spellbinders are my least used.
Everyone as a preference - work with what you like. Just keep in mind the storage issue. I have a file cabinet drawer full of punches, but there is no way to have them organized by type. But I can find them, on my desk with no problem as they stand out.
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
|Posted: 9/20/2013 11:45:27 AM|
Thanks for all the responses...
I already have a scalloped circle...
Fiskars is expensivo!
I tried a Recollections, and it cut good.
Maybe I will just hold off on buying more...like some have said, the sale will cycle back around and by then I will know more what I need. But I know I have found myself wishing for a square or circle punch. Maybe I was get an oval. I just got a Crop-a-Dile so I think that can handle little punches.
|Posted: 9/20/2013 9:42:35 PM|
You know what punch I use a ton and it surprised me? A tag punch! It's ek success and the tag is about 2 1/4 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide. It's a good size for a simple gift tag and I've used the tags on lots of cards. I hardly use my circle punches, go figure! And Heidi, I also have noticed how hard it is to find basic circles and squares!
Loc: Great Northwest
|Posted: 9/21/2013 6:18:54 AM|I recommend skipping the square punches altogether for now because you can cut squares with a paper cutter. Slightly more trouble but way less expensive.
Measure the stamps you have to determine what size punches you will use most and decide when matting, whether you prefer a 1/4" or 1/2" border and buy accordingly. Punches in 1/4" increments are less common but those are my preference.
It's my experience that no matter what you buy you will eventually wish you had the OTHER size. LOL Happy bargain hunting!
|The Artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.|
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
|Posted: 9/21/2013 6:35:13 AM|
After reading what you all have said, I do think I may return the square punch...maybe. Actually, probably not...lol. I did get it at a great price ($8 or something close). I will keep the 2in square punch because I want to do something with it and my pictures, so I need to be able to place the square where I want it to ensure I'm getting the parts I want. It makes so much sense to cut the square with the trimmer...Maybe I will take the larger one back...