Martha Stewart Crafts Punch, Double Embossed Button
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24 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Didn't last very long! Sep 10, 2010
By Amazon Customer
On the same day I purchased this punch, this punch broke. I was using 100# cardstock and it would occasionally "stick" and have a hard time releasing. It would also leave the mini-tabs on either side of the button. After about 80 punches, the handle broke off inside, and two identical pieces fell out from inside the punch. I have to say that I was very disappointed that this punch broke the same day it was purchased. I would expect more from EKSuccess and Martha Stewart however, I guess they, like everyone else, is cutting quality these days but yet, putting a higher price on the product.
BTW, this is not my first MS punch. I have approximately 17 other punches and have not experienced as severe problems as this one.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Love this versatile punch! Jun 05, 2011
I love this versatile punch! I have only had it a couple of month's and I have used it on everything! I loved the added feature of embossing! It was a little spendy- but I am so glad I got it! One thing I might change it that it doesn't seem to be able to handle anything thicker than standard paper such as posterboard or equivalent. This was a little disappointing considering the price and size of the punch. I would have expected it to be a little more heavy-duty. However, with the embossing feature, it may be difficult to incorporate the capacity to deal with paper/material that is thicker than the standard.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Embossed punch supreme... Apr 22, 2013
By Catherine C. Payne
My comparisons and critique are based on my experience with the 15-20 other punches I am currently using.
Fantastic embossed buttons produced, but only four stars because:
~ Minor design flaw makes squeezing the punch unnecessarily difficult.
~ Lack of paper guides, found on many other punches, compromises ability to capture selected design, copy, colour, or image.
Uses for embossed buttons:
~ Card making
~ Envelope enhancement
~ Sprinkled in front of me as I walk, better to admire them and make me feel (more) queenly.
Papers I use:
~ Fashion and house beautiful magazine pages for splashes of unique colour. (A Vanity Fair magazine I found in my mag stash produced some gorgeous buttons.)
~ Mundane looking, yet colourful junk mail flyers cranked out some surprisingly stunning beauties.
Delighted to discover I could capture words in copy and faces in photographs, a fascinating idea for grandchildren's B-day cards.
Brightest colours in smallest pattern worked best, as with my MS butterfly punch. Martha Stewart Crafts Large Punch, Monarch Butterfly and my much smaller butterfly thumb press punch. Ek Success Paper Shapers Small Punch, Butterfly
~ Sturdy and stable, unlike some in my collection.
~ Punch can be turned upside down to view captured combinations of colour, pattern, copy, or images.
~ Stores upright on end for limited space storage.
Alternate methods of punch operation to accommodate differing abilities:
~ Use one or both hands (depending on strength and/or ability), to squeeze punch handles together.
~ Leaning over punch, push down with palm to stabilize front end, while using opposite palm to operates punch action.
~ Turn punch over, capture desired area, then lean onto handle to activate punch.
Suggestions for Martha Stewert design engineers:
~ Add coloured guidelines so punch can be easily positioned over intended area.
~ Design acrylic punch so area to be captured can be easily seen.
~ Lengthen handle of punch slightly which would make a major difference in the ease of punching action.
I would love to hear about the kinds of papers you use and your use of the buttons.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Worked well- with some flaws May 20, 2013
I used this punch to make confetti for my baby shower (about 5 cups total). I have a few MS punches and prefer them to most of the less expensive ones. The Button punch worked, but I didn't like it as much as the other MS punches I've used. As other review(s) have noted, it did stick using standard cardstock and consistently left a "hanging chad" on the upper right button hole. A little extra force helped the sticking, but the hanging chad was hit-or-miss. Thinner paper was a breeze and I had no problems at all.
That said, I was punching A LOT of buttons and wasn't using a table for leverage. I also never used wax paper or aluminum foil to lube/sharpen it. Considering how many buttons I've made in the last 24 hours, I'm happy with my purchase (just not my blister). The embossed edge is a nice touch and the size is very versatile. If it broke today I'd still feel like I got my money's worth and would go buy another one. Luckily it shows no signs of stopping and will probably perform even better on smaller projects in the future.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Good punch Mar 11, 2013
By Cheryl Cox
Like that it punches and embosses. Will use it lots instead of real buttons, since it doesn't add much weight or bulk.
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