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  • looking for a craft punch that you can see what you are cutting?

    Looking for a few punches, ones that you can look at what you are cutting out - if you know what I mean?? It's for doing photo pendants, so will need to see image to decide on where best to punch. Need a 25mm round and square x

    have no idea what these are called?
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    Can you not make small marks on the back of the image you want to cut out and line them up with the punch and punch upside down....am sure I saw that on create and craft once :~S
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    • #3
      If you get a lever punch (those with the bit you squeeze to make the cut) you can turn it upside down and position with the paper face up - if it has a cap to catch the cutout, just take this off and you should be able to see the picture through the cutting aperture.

      The punches where you press on a button on the top will work like this too but it can take a bit of practice pressing on the edges of the underside.

      Fiskars do a cutting tool which uses plastic stencils in different shapes to run a circular cutter with concealed blade around. The stencils are hard plastic and see through so you can position the correct size circle or square over the area you want to cut.

      Punches will be quicker for you and the cutter can be a little precarious so you may end up with some that go in the bin so probably try the punches first if you can get the right sizes.
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      • #4
        You should be able to use any punches to do this - just turn the punch upside down to see exactly where you're cutting. They're paper punches. You should be able to get them from most good craft shops or stamping up.

        When you're looking at sizes though, be aware that the sizing is based on the size of the circle surrounding the shape you are cutting. For example a 2" square punch is the size of a square that fits into a 2"circle, not a square with sides 2" long. A 2" triangle would be the size of the 2" circle that a triangle will fit in. A 2" circle punch will be a true 2" circle as that's the size shape that fits in a 2" circle!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by AliCat View Post
          If you get a lever punch (those with the bit you squeeze to make the cut) you can turn it upside down and position with the paper face up - if it has a cap to catch the cutout, just take this off and you should be able to see the picture through the cutting aperture.
          That's exactly what I do, you can see exactly where you're punching and the lever makes it easy to punch - the button punches take more effort and tend to slip from position as you squeeze.
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