Martha Stewart Crafts Hydrangea Punch
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10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Cardboard container misleading for the Pop-Up Hydrangea Punch Apr 13, 2011
By Fay R. Angster
I began an addictive new hobby a year ago - card making. I love to make cards and spend many hours in Michaels browsing and buying supplies for my new addiction! I wanted a flower punch and bought the Martha Stewart Pop-Up Hydrangea Punch about two weeks ago. I threw out the cardboard container and sales receipt as I love all the Martha Stewart craft products I have bought. Last night I tried to use the punch. When I bought the punch, the PICTURE and INSTRUCTIONS on the cardboard container for the punch said there was an open circle on the bottom of the punch to "eye up" the punch on the color of paper one used for the flower. Since the box was sealed, I could not look inside the box and check out the punch. I thought I would use it as any other punch in the Martha Stewart line. I thought the words "Pop-Up Hydrangea Punch" meant that the middle of the flower was larger and the flower could be used with a dimensional for a 3-D look. However, that is not the case. Forget the picture and instructions on the box as the punch only cuts out the petals and the center of the flower is part of the paper you are using. It is hard to place the punch exactly where you want to punch a flower. After going back to Michaels, I found the same cardboard container with the same PICTURE and INSTRUCTIONS is used on all the Martha Stewart punches. Since I had thrown out the receipt and container, I am now stuck with an expensive punch that I do not want. I feel the picture and instructions for a non pop-up punch should not be used to house a pop-up punch and is misleading.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Not made very well May 17, 2011
Ok, I'm about to order my THIRD punch. The first one broke/bent (whatever you want to call it), and I returned it and got an exchange. I am now about to order a third because the second one is now broke/bent....I would find something else, but I'm making wedding decorations and need the same. I'm just glad I'm never going to need to use this thing ever again.
On the flip side, it's making my decorations amazing, so it gets two stars instead of one.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
It punches hydrangea-shaped flowers from paper Jan 30, 2012
By Renee D.
I'm not sure what other reviews mean when they talk about "pop-up punching"; this just punches a flower out of paper. That's pretty much all it does, but it's comfortable to use (easier on the hands than other punches). It's also very sturdy - I used it for a whole lot of wedding DIY projects and it's still in great shape.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
hydrangea punch vs. pop-up hydrangea punch Feb 10, 2012
By Sue Cameron
It appears that Martha Stewart has two hydrangea punches that have remarkably similar outside packaging but work completely different from each other. I thought I was purchasing a hydrangea petal stamp that would stamp out a little four petal hydrangea flower. The stamp I bought was labeled "double craft punch" "pop-up hydrangea" which sounded like a punch to me. The packaging photos showed a stamp with a hydrangea the same shape but a different color as the one I was purchasing as well as a punched out hydrangea shape.
I'm still not sure what the "double craft punch" title denotes, but the pop-up hydrangea description became clear when I tried the punch and discovered that it partially punches out and slightly raises the four petals and the center leaving this flower attached to the page. As another reviewer mentioned, it appears the outside packaging of Martha Stewart stamps is identical no matter what kind of stamp is inside, so that's no clue as to what you're actually buying. Although it wasn't what I was looking for I experimented punching with the pop-up hydrangea stamp, however, I found it difficult to use. As as mentioned in another review, because of the design of the punch, it's very difficult to line up the flowers with each other or anything else. The stamp covers the paper both front and back so you are left guessing where exactly the partially punched flower will be.
This product would be a lot more useful if the packaging showed what you were buying as well as some ideas of how to use it. The packaging does direct you to a Martha Stewart website for more craft ideas although this stamp or a description of "double craft punches" can't be found there.
I'm sure there's a use for this but its not what I wanted, so back it goes, and I will continue looking for the simple hydrangea punch I thought I was purchasing.
As I did not buy mine on Amazon, I can't say which stamp is being sold here but they're very easy to confuse!
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Broken Nov 20, 2011
I was excited to get this punch to make a party decoration. I got it out of the box, used it one time, then it would no longer work. It would press and make an indention in the paper, but would not punch through. I tried pressing it every way possible, even trying to take it apart and put it back together, all to no avail. I hope this is not the quality of all the Martha Stewart punches! It was quickly returned!
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