Punches are a crafting must-have. Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects. And there’s no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches.
Stampin’ Up offers a variety of punches from basic shapes to more complex builder punches. They are quality tested to meet the high standards that our demonstrators and customers expect.
Here are a few tips for keeping your punches in perfect working condition.
KEEP IT THIN. Punches are meant to punch paper or standard cardstock. If you force a punch through anything that’s heavily textured or thicker than our cardstock, you could damage the punch.
SAY NO TO GLITTER. Coarse materials such as Glimmer Paper will dull the cutting edges and may clog the cutting mechanism.
APPLY EVEN PRESSURE. If you have trouble applying even pressure, try putting your punch on a flat surface (facing up or down) and press down, applying even pressure.
STORE WITH CARE. Keep punches clean and dry in the locked closed position. Brush away paper crumbs and keep punches away from dust and glue that can clog the cutting mechanisms.
SHARPEN DULL EDGES. If a punch doesn’t cut all the way through or frays the paper, the cutting edges may be dull. Sharpen them by punching through aluminum foil a few times, then punch through wax paper to lubricate the punch and get it moving smoothly again.
FREEZE OUT JAMS. If the punch is stuck or jammed, try sticking it in the freezer for a while. The metal will contract as it gets cold and hopefully release the stuck material.
ALIGNING STAMPED IMAGES: First, stamp the sentiment or image on scrap of cardstock. From the backside of your punch, align the stamped image inside the punch opening. Squeeze gently to punch out image.
PERFECT ALIGNMENT WITH BUILDER PUNCHES: Use a scrap piece of cardstock and mark the side that will be inserted into the punch and punch out the blank pieces. The punched cardstock is a template for aligning your stamps using the Stamparatus. Once stamped, you can punch out your pieces with ease!
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