At Winter CHA 2012 in January, there was a LOT of buzz around the Lucky 8 Punch from We R Memory Keepers. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Lucky 8 Punch is a monster of a punch, made to made both outside (edge) cuts as well as detail cuts (inside.) It has functions so that you can cut just the edge, just the interior detail, or both at the same time.
As I mentioned, it’s substantial. It measures 8 inches wide by 8 inches(!) long by 4 tall, and weighs a couple of pounds.
Here’s how it’s described on the website:
Transform paper with the easy-to-use Lucky 8 Punch. In as little as 8 punches around the paper, ordinary paper becomes unique and decorative. It combines a corner and boarder punch in one tool to create an outer cut, inner cut, or a combination of both. Let the creativity begin with 12 great punch designs.
To see it in action, check out this video I recorded at the We R Memory Keepers booth:
Of course, nothing makes a Craft Test Dummy happy like actually trying it first hand! I was lucky to get one recently (even BEFORE they’ve been shipped to stores) so that I can give you all the scoop!
I started with cardstock paper, and used the Lucky 8 Classic Wreath punch to make the following cuts on a 12 X 12 inch sheet of paper:
It was easy to slide the “Outer Cut” button to the “on” position, and turn the “Inner Cut” button to “off.” It took moderate pressure to depress the handle and make the cuts. I could do it from a seated position- I didn’t need to put my whole weight on it.
Even just the 4 cuts look cool- I could see myself just using them & not completing the cycle. Now….all 8 cuts, both the inside and outside dies engaged:
Lucky 8 punch Classic Wreath-Inside and outside cuts.
Pretty cool. Of course, I wouldnâ€™t be me without wondering what else it could punch.
OK, that means that itâ€™s has a few more uses and therefore helps defray the cost. But what if you donâ€™t use a square piece of paper? Well, I tried making a border, just using the interior cuts.
That has legs. And what about smaller pieces of paper? Hereâ€™s a cut just using the outer border. The original piece of paper was 7 inches square.
White square is 7 inches- the blue paper shows how it gets cut down just using the outer border.
Pretty, right? So you donâ€™t need to have a 12 inch square paper to startâ€¦youâ€™ll just get different shapes. I will say, though, that I tried to cut a 5 inch square, and it was pretty much impossible. The Lucky 8 is just too large to handle smaller pieces of paper.
So then it was time to actually MAKE SOMETHING. Whee!
Layout using the 7 inch square and interior punch.
I also used some of the punch waste- those teardrop shapes- on the photo mat. Next, I made an â€œexplosionâ€ card with piece of paper that Iâ€™d cut with just the outside border punched.
“Explosion” card using the Lucky 8 Punch.
(I have a post coming soon on how to make that card. Stay tuned.)
So hereâ€™s the deal- the Lucky 8 Punch retails for between $35.00-$40.00, which is not cheap. However, if you spend $2 a sheet for laser-cut scrapbook papers, you only need use it 20 times for it to pay for itself. If you factor in that you can also make some other cool boarders and shapes AND make stencils, wellâ€¦then the price seems more reasonable. You might want to coordinate with friends (who buy different ones) and have Lucky Punch parties!
Disclosure: sample provided for review.
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