My grandpa was a tool guy.
He had a garage full of tools. He could tell you what each one did and how each of them made his life easier. He loved the things and couldn’t get enough of them.
I know a lot us paper crafters can relate. We are tool people, too. And many of us are on the look-out for that new tool that’s going to change our paper crafting world.
I’m going to be here on Paper Crafts Connection for the next three days exploring the world of tools. I’m going introduce some of you and reintroduce others of you to some of the paper crafting tools at our disposal. I’ll cut paper with scissors. I’ll punch edges of paper with decorative border punches. And I’ll change the look of chipboard with two tools. Along the way, I will show you how the tools I use work.
So let’s kick things off today by slicing things up.
Today, I am going to play with fringe scissors from Martha Stewart Crafts.
This tool is not your ordinary pair of scissors.
Normal scissors consist of two blades so you get one cut every time you use them. The fringe scissors consist of 10 blades. That means you get five cuts every time you use them to cut paper.
You use these scissors just like normal scissors. You put them on your hand, take them to the edge of a piece of paper and snip. Repeat that snipping step over and over, and you’ll get a whole lot of fringe.
Here’s a card I put together using the scissors just the way they are meant to be used. I gave a fringed edge to each of the patterned paper strips by snipping them with the scissors over and over.
You can also use the fringe scissors to cut confetti.
Check out my Smile Card here. Each of these colorful piles of paper were made with fringe scissors.
I used the scissors to cut five long, vertical lines from strips of cardstock.
I then turned the scissors horizontally and cut the lines into skinny squares.
You can also use fringe scissors to draw lines and grid patterns on chipboard letters like I did on this card.
I opened the scissors up and literally drug five of the blades down the letters. To give the grid pattern, I rotated the scissors and drug them horizontally across the letters.
Have you tried the Martha Stewart Crafts Fringe Scissors yet? If so, what have you made with them? If not, what the most recent tool you have tried?
Yours in tooling around fun,
Paper Crafts Go-to-Gal
P.S. Check out my blog today for one more project using the fringe scissors. It’s fringe-tastic!
P.P.S. Did yesterday’s Fabulously Frocked Feet post confuse the heck out of you? Dying to know whose feet belong to what Paper Crafts team member? Then hop on over to our Paper Crafts Facebook Fan Page! Susan will be revealing the identity of two pairs of feet today, followed by the big reveal on Thursday! Stay tuned!