Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Nora Noll
Product Price: $17.99
Once again, Martha Stewart has come up with another innovative product. The Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page punches are not like any punches I have owned before. You are not limited to just punching on the edge of the paper like most punches, but can punch anywhere on the paper, including the middle. These punches come in a variety of shapes that range from a rose window, to Martha’s classic butterfly, to a fun star border. The punch itself comes apart for easy placement. The punched image is around 1 ½” at its largest part, though the actual punch is quite large-about 2 ¾” by 2 ¾” by 2 ½” deep.
When I first saw these punches, I knew I had to get one to try it out. I chose the Studded Heart Punch because I thought I could use it on many types of projects.
The secret is that you take the top of the punch off, place your paper over the bottom platform and then place the punch back on top of both. Your paper won’t move because of powerful magnets built into the punch that keep it in place. If the paper moves, you have the punch aligned incorrectly. These punches appealed to me because I could get a punched image in the middle of a 12” x 12” piece of paper, something I could not have previously done, even with the die-cut machines that I own.
I did find there is a learning curve to line the punch up, if you want to punch multiple images. It is helpful to punch on a gridded surface if you are punching larger projects. For smaller projects it is easy to eyeball. All in all, I really liked this product and will be buying more to add to my collection.
Tips and Techniques:
- If you want to punch more then one image on a page, punching on top of a grid is a must.
- Smooth cardstock is easier to punch and gives a cleaner punched image then textured cardstock.
- It is easier to punch the image while you are standing up. This punch takes a bit of strength to push down on.
- If your punch becomes dull, you can punch through some aluminum foil to sharpen it.
- If the punch seems to stick, punch through wax paper to lubricate and it will punch more smoothly.
Project Ideas and Examples:
For my first project I created a scrapbook page.
Layout Supplies: Paper-Bazzill Avalanche and North Sea Cardstock, Patterned Paper Scraps (BasicGrey, My Minds Eye, KI Memories, Daisy D’s, Echo Park-(Cupcake Casey), Doodlebug Design) Punches-Martha Stewart-Studded Heart Punch All Over the Page Punch and Double Loops Border, EK Success Donut Chain Edger Die cuts-BasicGrey (Sugar Rush) Adhesives-ATG Gun and 3L 3D Foam Squares Other-Scenic Route Orange Labels and True Blue Stickles
I had the idea to punch multiple hearts on the page. I wanted the hearts to line up in multiple ways so I created a template first. I traced the hearts from the template onto the background paper where I wanted them. I then lined up the bottom part of the punch over the drawn heart and punched it out one by one. I now have a template I can use over and over again.
I chose to place scraps of patterned paper behind the punched-out images for a fun look.
For the second project, I made a card. I knew that I wanted to make a window card and stitch around the edge of the heart for a fun look. I used foam dots to pop the white cardstock off the page to give the card some dimension.
Card Supplies: Paper-Echo Park Gingham Gaby and Jody's Stripe, Bazzill Cardstock Punches-Martha Stewart-Studded Heart Punch and Classic Butterfly, EK Success Large Corner Rounder Stickers-Echo Park Little Girl Alphabet and Hero Arts Diamond Bling Adhesive-ATG Gun and 3L Adhesive Foam Squares Other-DMC Floss, Stampin’ Up! Ink (Cameo Coral) and Stamp from Stamps by Judi
I hope that these projects will inspire you to create your own using Martha Stewarts new Punch All Over the Page Punches.