Craft Tool Review: Layering Punch by EK Tools

November 5, 2012

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I love craft punches. With a simple squeeze, you can cut shapes out of different materials that you’d never be able to cut by hand. So to find a punch that actually punches three different shapes that you can layer is like having three punches in one. So meet the Layering Punch by EK Tools of EK Success Brands.

Let’s take a closer look. Here’s how it’s described on the website:

The EK Tools Snowflake Layering Punch creates 3 unique shapes from just one tool! Simply choose your design using the selector and punch. Layer the punches for a dimensional embellishment or use separately. Punched size approximately 1.5″.

Put the palm of your hand over the foil design, cover with other hand and punch. A clicking sound is made once all the layers have been punched through.

On the end there is an indicator switch show you can pick which version of the punch you want to use.

There is also a locking mechanism on the bottom, so you can collapse the punch to 2 inches for easy storage.

It’s always a little easier to show you than to explain, so I did make a video showing you just how the punch works. But don’t worry, I still have the sample swatches in photo form for you, too.

 

Here are the three different settings- from the top, just the outline of the shape, (in this case, it’s a 1.5 inch circle.) If you move the switch over, it’ll cut out the circle AND the silhouette of the snowflake (seen in the middle row). And if you move the switch into the third position, you get the outline of the shape and the detail inside the snowflake. Huzzah!

So now let’s take a look at the swatches I tried.

From the left: Vellum, cork paper, text weight paper, and the new Jolee’s artisan paper.

From left: cereal box cardboard, craft foam, watercolor paper, mylar paper, mulberry paper.

I had fun playing with the punches- I made a slew of cards. On the first one, I just used the snowflake bits to embellish this holiday card.

 

In this last one, I really layered it up and used both the positive and the negative portions of the punch. This isn’t a cheap punch- the MSRP is $21.99- but you do get multiple options. And I’m sure that there are some good deals and specials and coupons and such, so it eases the sticker shock a bit. (You might even find some good deals in our affiliate store below.)

I’m already looking into getting a few more for my stash. What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinions below!

 

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8 Responses to “Craft Tool Review: Layering Punch by EK Tools”

  1. Carol L Says:

    That looks like a powerhouse of a punch if it punches through cereal boxes so perfectly! Your cards look so pretty with all those snowflakes! Thanks for the review!

  2. Cindi Says:

    It looks like another great items that I will have
    to purchase…Your cards are lovely!
    Thanks, Cindi

  3. Jenny Says:

    Thanks so much, Cindi! I’m kind of looking to add a few more to my craft room, too! : )

  4. Jenny Says:

    Thanks for your comment, Carol!

  5. Rebecca Bodine Says:

    I have not seen these before but I’m deffinately going to get a few when I have the money. this was very helpfu. As a matter og fact, I like all of your reviews. The show me stuff I haven’t seen or a new way to use something. I love your website.

  6. Sharon Says:

    Well done demo. I have some of these and never dreamed of trying them on craft foam. This opens up a new world. Thanks!

  7. Victoria Says:

    I have not seen these punches before. I have not seen the label with Merry Christmas on the card before either. Where did you get it, and what kind of punch is it. I love your information! You save me a lot of shopping time!

  8. Jenny Says:

    Victoria, that is a letterpress design for the Fiskars Fuse. You can read the full review of that machine here: http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/craft-product-review-fuse-creativity-system-by-fiskars/

    Thanks for your comment! : )

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