Ok...I admit it! I am a punch-a holic! I love punches. They just keep making more and more beautiful and detailed punches. First... Martha Stewart started off with her frilly, loopy, swirly, lacy border punches. Then they added in the corners for the punch around the page look. When those first came out they never included the dimensions needed to make the punch designs work properly for an all around border. So ...finally they put the measurements on the website and eventually included them in each package....yay!!!
Now there is another problem. With all the new intricate designs they really don't make very clear...that on these type punches...they are NOT meant for cardstock!!! They should never be used for Bazzill cardstock...or anything heavier than 65#, light weight cardstock or text weight paper. You can use up to 100# text weight paper. If your punch doesn't willingly cut thru your paper... then DO NOT force it. You will break your punch.. Test your punch on a scrap of the same weight before you try to punch your piece because you will make a mess of the piece of paper that doesn't cut and you will probably have to tear it out of the punch..
The bigger design punches and all your basic shapes ones are fine for heavier paper and cardstock. Those will punch all day long and those are fine to use with the Punch Pal or any such helper. But never use any helper device with the new detailed punches.This goes for any manufacturer's punches...not just Martha's.
I have wanted to post this hint for a while now and I was prompted when a customer emailed me to say that she had broken her punch. I thought I better put this up now so no one else ruins a very expensive punch. If anyone has a question or needs more info ...please email us. We will be glad to help you with this or any other questions you might have. After all...it is our many years of experience that has taught us many helpful hints and tips...so feel free to pick our brains.
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