The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/19/2013 4:45:08 PM|A recent thread asks what we'd recommend for having as basic shapes when it comes to buying punches.
It's a good question & the questioner has gotten excellent responses.
That said, however... (Code for "Look out! Looser's on a spree!")
I put on my turban & dusted off my crystal ball. OK! It's a large mayonaise jar filled with water & glitter!
Anyhoo... I predict that thin dies (the ones without cushions) are going to become the 'clear stamps' of the shape-cutting future.
I see them replacing punches in many a crafter's stash since they can be placed anywhere on a piece & storage requirements are minimal.
Thus sayeth 'Looser the Sooth Sayer'.
|Posted: 9/19/2013 5:23:20 PM|
I'm not sure, only because I don't know how the electronic cutting is going to go.
I think punches are the way to go if you need a bunch of shapes and they are useful for small shapes especially. Like I said, one inch circle and square are really useful. Want 50 little branch cuts to make a wreath? I would use a punch.
I think border punches are also some of the most useful because you can create a border of whatever length easily.
Wafer thin dies are awesome and take up so much less space! I like them because of the sets of nesting dies for layering, and that you can cut your shape wherever in the paper. So with a few exceptions, I go for dies.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/20/2013 10:06:03 AM|LOL on the 'electronic' cutting, Heidi. I have a Cricut (a gift) & have never used it. I much prefer my CB.
I certainly don't want to see punches disappear. I love them for edge-nibbling & more. As you say, it's a lot faster to punch out a whole lot of shapes rather than diecut them.
Where punches become a problem for me is when I want to create openings in a piece. Unless they are special 'long reach' punches, they rarely allow me to work in the center of most pieces. That's where dies 'shine'. And wafer ones are so easy to place precisely.
|Posted: 9/20/2013 11:43:39 AM|I definitely use my dies more than my punches but I use my Cameo the most I hate my Cricut with a passion!! We just never got along
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|Posted: 9/20/2013 10:06:59 PM|I think the future is cutting machines.... The same generation that is hooked on smart phones is going to be hooked on the cameo. I guess that means the cuttlebug is equivalent to a flip phone. It's like once you try the newer product, how can you go back? (And for the record, I resisted a smart phone up until a couple months ago, and I got my Cricut by chance, otherwise I'd still be in the dark ages with a pair of scissors, talking on my net10 phone! )
|Posted: 9/20/2013 11:04:19 PM|
I have a really good cutting machine and it is so much more versatile than either punches or dies because you can use it to cut any shape you can make in a computer program ( simple shapes are super easy to do, more complicated ones, like say a circle with a lacy edged border, are more complicated but still very doable, with a little time and practice) , if you don't want to make the file yourself, you can buy so many files already made, and more reasonably then either dies or punches. Also, once you have the file for that shape, you can cut it in any size up to the maximum of your machine mat, unlike punches or dies which require a separate one for each size of a shape, and you can flip it or weld it to other shapes to make new compound shapes too.
Having said all that, I still have punches and dies and use them. The punches, because it is faster and easier to pick up a punch to cut one or two of a shape, than to set up the whole machine also, with a punch, you can see where you will be punching exactly, and use it to accurately cut out sentiments or images you have already stamped on a piece of paper. The dies, because they cut heavy weight cardstock or even a few layers of cardstock laminated together, more easily than my cutting machine.
|Posted: 9/20/2013 11:26:36 PM|
Really good points about the benefits of both dies and punches!
|Posted: 9/21/2013 8:01:40 AM|I have a cricut, a cuttlebug and some hand punches and borders. I use them all and like all of them.
My cricut. I honestly had this thing for a couple of years before I really used it. I like it but rarely use it for cardmaking. While it does/can cut all of the basic shapes you might need I don't use it a lot for that.I mostly use it for decorative shapes and things. I've used it a lot for party decorations, banners and some room decorations for my son. I've also had friends borrow it to use for their kids school projects.
I love my cuttlebug. I only have a couple dies, so I mostly use it for embossing. I've got several spellbinders dies on my wishlist. I think they're great for card makers. Easy to store and the price isn't bad if you find them on sale or can use a coupon.
Hand punches and borders.
I love the fiskars. Their hand squeeze punches are so easy to use, as well as their border punches. I also like the ek success ones. I have some Martha ones and while I do like them, they seem to dull quickly. I have a couple of Marvy brand ones I like and have never had an issue with them. I have a couple of Paper Studio brand ones and I hate them. They are really hard to use, it's a good work out I guess.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/21/2013 11:15:51 AM|Yes! This has been an interesting discussion!
Except for the cost, I'd probably be all-over a cutting machine that allowed me to design my own pieces. 'Course I'd also tire of it quickly--I know how I am with 'toys'.
For dies? I'm definitely 'wafer' only from now on. Just love them!
Punches? Don't see myself adding any anytime soon. I have lots. Amen on handgrip punches! I have lots--Fiskars & McGill. They are a mainstay for me.
Any more comments? Always welcome!
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|Posted: 9/21/2013 12:18:51 PM|We'll hello strangers,
Been a lonnnnng time since I jumped on here. Hope all is well.
As for this question. I don't think I'll ever buy a punch again, but then again never say never!
Dies, are just easier, and the fact that storage is easier oh, ya and the fact they don't tend to break. I have punches that stick, and break and just don't cut. So, for me dies it is.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 9/21/2013 12:37:36 PM|
LOL, '3B'! Has been a bit, hasn't it? Thanks for the comment.
Is this a 'drive by' or will be seeing you on the forum a bit? There's a chat thread so you can fill us in there, ma'am!
Nice to see you!