What is a crimper?

Dear Fellow Crafter,

“Corrugators” – that word sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Well, back in the day, this is what modern crimpers were called. I used to use crimpers all the time, but then forgot about them until I found them in a drawer while cleaning and re-arranging my craft room. Corrugators and crimpers (of today) consist of a set of rollers and a handle. The rollers can be of 5 different patterns You simply insert the paper and cardstock and roll it through. These tools can be used for foil, tissue paper, construction paper and card stock. Patterns vary between wavy lines and diamonds to hearts and bubbles. Marvy is the most recognized maker but Fiskar’s makes them too.

The biggest problem I had when using the crimper was making sure that the paper was inserted straight in the beginning. I found that if I put the paper in against one of the sides of the opening the side guided the paper.

So, what can you do with a crimper?

a) You can crimp your desired paper then punch or die cut for customized shapes.

b) You can add strips to your card for texture.

c) You can use in place of ribbon and finally

d) You can use I for galvanized roofing on a Sizzix die cut house.

Happy Crafting,


Adventures in Card-Making

Paper Crafting 101 – Punch Happy

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Craft or paper punches for use in rubber stamping are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Punches vary from tiny, intricate designs to large bold shapes. In Part One of this post, I’ll talk about punches in general and some ways you can use punches. In Part Two, we’ll get into the different manufacturers and the type of punches they make.

The most common punch is the table punch. You place the punch on a hard, firm surface, place the paper inside and press down firmly. If a punch stops cutting clear shapes, they may need sharpening. Punch  a sheet of aluminum foil several times to sharpen the punch. You can also use wax paper to lubricate. The more intricate the shape of the punch, the more force is required to punch a clear shape.

In the beginning, I amassed a great many little punches: apples, stars,hearts etc. My collection grew when I visited The Great American Stamp Store in Westport CT. I was overwhelmed by the choices! There were so many small and big punches as well as stamps and paper products.

Here are a few uses for paper punches:

1.  Cut 3 or 4 green hearts to make shamrocks.

2.  Punched out circles make buttons

3.  Confetti

4.  Flower petals

5.  Background paper

In Part Two, we’ll explore the different shapes such paper corner, basic, extra-large multi-shape, border punches, squeeze punches, lever, and the ones I’ve bought.

‘Til next time,





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PaperCrafting 101

Paper Crafting. Tools

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     While researching this article, I discovered that the world of scrapbooking/stamping tools had grown while I was doing other things!  The category is long:  paper trimmers, punches, template and stencils, sticker machines, scissors, light boxes, crimpers. The most prominent manufactures are Martha Stewart, EK success HotofPress, Ranger, WeR Memory Xyron,  and Marvy.  Because the list Is long, I am going to talk about punches, scissors and paper trimmers.

New on the market is the AdvantEdge from Fiskars. More information is on their website: According to their site, “Magnetic paper clamp secures paper during punching ” and works with a variety of border punches. The prices look pretty reasonable.

     Their Everwhere Punch Window System cam be found on http://www I refer to this tool as an early die cut. It creates window cards with magnetic base and locks in place. The punches are circle, honey-comb, lattice, and heart.

Intricate shape punches look a little like Spellbinders dies.

Border Punches are quite unique. The types are weave, lace heart, grass (one of my favorites)  and are priced at about $15 each.

Squeeze Punches are handheld and are medium, large and extra large. Some of their types are scallop, hearts and are priced at about $19 each.

Corner Punches really spark your cardstock. They make decorative edges or rounded ones.

Paper Trimmers -There are many different ones out there. There are different features to each one. Some questions town ask yourself to determine which one Is practical for you are:

  •      Is it easy to store?
  •      Is it light enough to carry?
  •      Is it easy to use?
  •      Does it give a really good precise finish to your card?
  •      How many blades and are they easy to change?

My favorite is the Fiskar Portable Rotary Trimmer. It comes width a straight blade but you can buy scallop, perforating, and scoring.

Scissors -buy paper scissors AND cuticle scissors for fussy cutting. Decorative scissors have lots of different edge.

More next time.