The EK Tools Circle Punch in this post was gifted, all opinions are my own.
As a paper crafter (OK amongst many things!) I am really familiar with EK Success, their stickers, papers and punches are well-known and widely available online, even here in the UK, my Amazon wishlist contains far too many of their products (Disney range much!) This is of course even before I mention my slight Smash Book addiction (I’m up to six)
I follow them on Instagram; because they post loads of fun project ideas and inspiration!
Recently I was a bit cheeky, and admitting I didn’t have a circle punch, I jokingly asked if they’d send me one to take part in a challenge over on Instagram… And to my surprise they did! Very quickly I received this EK Tools Large Punch – 2 ½” circle punch. Obviously a HUGE thank you goes out to them! I’ve wanted one of these for ages!
I said as they had been so kind I would review it here on the blog, so here we go….
The EK Tools Circle Punch
Firstly it is a nice solid punch, and doesn’t feel flimsy, it’s well packaged, and I like that I can lock the punch closed when I’m not using it. I also like the idea of making the flowers seen on the packaging, I shall have to add this to my list!
What I really like is how versatile it is, you can use it to punch papers (or even photos) for scrapbook layouts. (This punch is the ideal size for 8×8 pages)
Also I got a really nice, clean edge both on paper and thin cardstock.
The punch doesn’t jam up, like some can, and so isn’t too hard to use.
Making a card:
And of course it’s great for card making, whether you want to cut a piece of pattern Or Produce a particular image This is a little much perhaps…
But a circle punch isn’t always just for punching circles…
Placing your punched circle to one side of the punch, to cut a curve – Ah that’s better…
Just the thing, I don’t like to waste papers if possible!
This literally took minutes to make, and using only two punches!
The cut is so clean, it looks great!
Not just circles:
The same principle can be used to produce other images too: Segments can be used as petals – (possibly need a smaller circle for the middle there…)
Or perhaps ears… A bit late for Easter, but maybe some inspiration for next year…
We’re undecided as to whether this is a cat or a pig… What do you think?
For some of my handmade cards – check out this post.
One more thing I love about this punch, is that I can use it to combine my love of card making with my love of cross-stitching – this size punch is so perfect for making apertures for small stitches:
A little plain perhaps… Well I don’t like to waste – how about what is left from punching out a circle…I just added some coordinating ribbon and I’m well on the way to a finished card!
And as we’re over half way through the year, I had a little bit of fun trying out how well the punch worked around stamps and embellishments I have in my Christmas stash… Great for my tree stamp…
And for my wooden embellishments!
One more? I couldn’t resist!
Over all this is a great product, which is a lot more versatile than it might initially seem!
I can see myself using it quite often!
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