How about another day of Tool talk? (In case you missed it, yesterday we had a blast talking about the Sew Easy tool. Check it out!)
These tools are a staple in the crafting world. Chances are if you don’t have one of these, one of your crafting buddies does.
These are fairly inexpensive tools (they usually cost around $20) that allow you to add texture to paper.
They consist of two crimping wheels. You apply pressure to the wheels to bring them together and then roll paper through them. That in turn gives the paper a crimped texture.
Here’s a breakdown of how the whole process works:
1. Start by placing a piece of paper in the crimping tool. You want to bring feed it through the arrows.
2. Use one hand to squeeze the bottom handle of the tool. This will bring the two crimping wheels together.
3. Use the other hand to turn the handle on the side. This will roll the wheels and push the paper out.
4. The end result: a crimped piece of paper!
This is an addicting tool, if I do say so myself. Once you’ve used it once, you want to use it again and again.
And the cool thing with the crimping tool is you are not limited to just using it with cardstock. You can use patterned paper, foil, metal, cardboard and chipboard, diecuts, chipboard letters and stickers with it. You can even use fabric. Just remember to adhere the fabric to cardstock with strong two-way tape first before you attempt to crimp it.
This tool is so fun!
With a little creativity, you can do so much with it.
Here are three projects I created with it:
I cut long skinny strips from patterned paper and ran them through my paper crimper. I then used glue and staples to fashion them into a heart.
I ran pieces of thin metal tape to make the shiny background in the frame on this card. I first ran them through the crimper vertically. To give them a grid pattern, I then ran them through the crimper horizontally.
Finally, I ran patterned paper through the crimper to make the circles here. Once I crimped the paper, I cut it into circles and then used a sanding block to slightly distress the paper.
Want a crimper to call your own? Thanks to the kind folks from Fiskars, you could soon be the owner of one. Tell me the three tools you use most when you paper craft by Thursday, January 12 at 5 PM MST and you could be the lucky winner!
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PS. Looking for even more ideas on how to use a paper crimper? Hit my blog. I’m sharing a few more over there today.