I’m here to tell you, punches have come a LOOOONG way, baby! Punches are like the new die-cutting machine. They are more flexible, interchangable, and detailed then ever before. Now Fiskars have a new punching system called AdvantEdge, and it cuts both intricate borders and paper ribbons using papers up to 12 inches long.
Here’s how it’s described on the Fiskars website:
Our AdvantEdge™ Punch System lets you add a perfectly aligned border design to a project, then switch the punch cartridge to add a different border to your next scrapbook page or handmade card. The innovative design of our starter set includes slide-and-lock technology that lets you keep the paper in one place while the punch cartridge slides from one lock-in slot to the next for a perfectly aligned border. This helps eliminate mistakes that waste costly craft materials and causes reworks. Use our AdvantEdge™ Interchangeable Border Cartridges for 2.75″ border designs that are larger than any other border punch design on the market, or choose our standard Interchangeable Border Punches for smaller, more traditional border designs.
Now let’s take a closer look:
The starter package comes with the base and the Flower Garden paper ribbon punch cartridge.
Each punch cartridge is 4 inches by 3.5 inches by 1.5 inches deep. There are little feet that them them lock together when storing them, and there is even a little graphic of the design on the edge, so you can see it easily when it’s on your shelf.
I thought I’d try it on a few different weights of paper, so I did a simple swatch test.
Of course, the best way to show you how it works and share the features of the AdvantEdge Punch System is to show you in a video- so I make this one for you:
Did I mention that there are many cartridge styles available?
Of course, after making those intricate edges and paper ribbons, I couldn’t wait to make something fun. I’m still making cards for Operation Write Home, so I made a trio.
I’ve seen the starter kit online for $69.99, and the cartridges run about $33 each. That is a bit pricey, so I’d keep a lookout for sales and or chain stores that have 40% off coupons. I feel like if you are a die-hard scrapper/card-maker, though, that this price might be worth it over time.
What might you do with the AdvantEdge Punch System? Do you think it’s worth the cost? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments section below.
Disclosure: sample provided for review purposes.