I’ve enjoyed making and giving jewelry as gifts for the longest time- but there’s always a question of how to give them. I mean, you can only store so many little jewelry boxes in your closet, right? And my solution has always been to use a 1/8 hole punch in my business cards. But of course, it’s hard to be accurate. Thankfully, the folks at Easy Earring Cards came up with a solution!
They have a kit which includes 2 punches, instructions, and 25 printed cards so that any jewelry maker can successfully merchandise their creations professionally.
As they say on the website,
Your earrings are unique and creative, shouldn’t your packaging be too?
Easy Earring Card Punch Kit can be used with any paper or cardstock: scrapbook paper, greeting cards, business cards … use your imagination!
Â Simply place card, squeeze lever & add earring!
Includes leverback punch, double hole punch, 25 Antique Tan Earring Card BlanksÂ (80 lb cardstock weight).
Underside has a reservoir tray for catching punch scraps. Opens for easy disposal.
Â Double Post Punch can be used for post earrings, fish hook earrings, bobby pins and single beads (string wire through bead and twist in back of card!).
Â Leverback Punch can be used for leverback earrings, kidney wire earrings, fish hooks and brooches or pins!
Â Possibilities endless!
The punches are made of plastic and have a nice, sturdy feel to them. The instructions suggest that the results are better if you hold the punch in your hand versus setting it on the table to punch it.
Here are the punches on the provided cards:
As you can see, the post-style punch is just about 3/4″ down from the edge of the paper. The 1/16″ holes are spaced about 7/8″ inch apart. The lever-back stale is a little deeper- about 1 1/8″ from the bottom part of the cut out to the edge. Those holes are also space 7/8″ apart.
Just a note on the cards that come with the set- they are glossy and printed the parchment effect you see above, and sport a glossy finish. They are the size of a standard business card, 2″ X 3.5.” If you need cards to get you started, these are certainly just fine! However, if you are like me, what makes you tingle inside is that you can now make ANY cardstock, greeting card, or business card a vehicle for your creations.
I started off by punching my business card and trying out some earrings. (Granted, I should have used posts, but I didn’t have any handy.) And yes, I think it’s quite clever that my logo is wearing earrings!
Next, I worked on a peek-a-boo card.
Lastly, I made a teeny matchbook notepad- just to see if I could.
I used the Post Punch to go through 6 layers of text-weight scrapbook paper for the pages, too. And guess what? Those Pin It Pins by Purple Cows fit right in the holes!! What a coincidence!
I like knowing that I can get a little extra use from the punches, too, beyond jewelry.
So here’s the deal- the kit is $58.00 USD, and is available from the site & other retail/online outlets. Right now you can only get the whole kit- you can’t just get the Leverback punch, say, because that’s the only one you’ll need. However, if you are a jewelry maker, you can certainly justify the cost over that which you’ll buy in generic, plastic earring cards. After all, your jewelry is unique- why shouldn’t your cards be?
They also have a deal where you get free shipping on orders over $75 USD- so maybe you could find a friend and buy two to get the shipping discount.
Since I LOVE to make earrings and pins (remember, you can use the punches horizontally for pins, too) I can easily justify the cost of the kit- and if you sell on Etsy or in a shop, it could really set your merchandise apart from the crowd.
Disclosure: sample provided for review
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