Based solely on Susan Niner Janes’ Fold It Swirl Templates, a favorite in the scrapbooking industry, the brand new Fold-It Swirl Punches are an excellent addition to any scrapbookers’ supply cabinet. They have multiple creative uses, and will provide dozens of embellishments for all of your scrapbooking needs.
Dimension is very in right now, and these brand new punches really pack some “punch”. They are super easy to use, and they are extremely sturdy and long lasting.
I got the chance to play around with them, and test them out last weekend, and found them to be really fun to use. The one I used was a flower, and I was able to instantly create beautiful, dimensional flowers for my greetings cards, scrapbook layouts and they could even be used for other craft projects, classroom decorations, party supplies and more!
When I sat down to get started, I was a bit leery about their large size, thinking I would need to use twice as much pressure to punch them. That is not the case with these punches. They are designed differently than other types of punches. These have a lever, which is much easier to use, and does not require a great deal of strength or pounding.
You simply punch out your design using the lever, and follow the easy to understand directions for folding the shape correctly. Adhere it to your scrapbook layout or other project, and you are done.
The Fold It Swirl Punches come in several different shapes. There is a four and six petal flower punch, a Celtic knot, an Iris and a Rose.
With flowers being so popular right now, you couldn’t find an easier, more versatile way to create fabulous borders, embellishments and more!
I tested out several different types of paper, and found that it works with almost anything. The papers I tested, and I can confidently say works great with the punches is, card stock, patterned papers, vellums, mulberry paper, and several unique textured papers, like velvet and glitter.
The best part? They each come with three project ideas for using the shapes. Also, there are apparently more designs and shapes in the works.
The downside? They stand at a rather hefty price, retailing at around $29.99 each.
Do you have any of these? What are your experiences?