Each week, our art staff picks an art supply to talk about, letting you know what the product does, why you'd want to have it in your supplies and what to think about when you purchase it. If you're curious to learn more about any art supply or product. Let us know by sending us an email at this link. We'll be sure to do a feature on it.
This week, our art staff pick is: PAPER PUNCHES!
What can you do with it, and how does it stand out?
Paper punches are a great way to elevate any paper craft project, I use them to die-cut shapes for signs & price tags for my small business, as well as card-making, and collaging. I used to think they were just cheesy scrapbooking tools, but now I use them all the time for a wide range of projects. I love buying used ones from IBF because they are 50-90% cheaper than buying them new! Just make sure to check that they are still sharp enough to cut cleanly- many of our used punches are in new condition, some are a bit more used than others.
Any tips or techniques for using it? Likes/ dislikes?
If your punch starts to feel stiff, punch some shapes out of wax paper to decrease the friction on the die. If your paper is very thin or soft, add a second stiffer sheet and punch through both at the same time for a clean cut.
Do we stock it regularly, or is it a special find?
This item is a closeout - get it while you can!
Link to buy it on our art supply site:
Please place a curbside order for paper punches. Tell us what you're looking for and/or ask what sizes and shapes we have available. Click here.
Heather Reed is the Assistant Manager/Buyer and office rockstar at IBF. She writes all of our emails, blog posts and and manages all of our social media sites. Heather is also an artist and has experience in lots of various mediums. You will usually find her researching new products, finding the best bargains, writing, painting, enjoying nature, all while chasing around her two vivacious little boys.