review: amy chomas adjustable pen holder
When Amy Chomas was kind enough to send me her Adjustable Pen Holder my first thought was that I was going to work with an intricate pattern that would really put it to the test. So, I thought of my Just Leaves Lattice and it worked out perfectly.
To be honest using the holder was much easier than I thought. I don't know why I had imagined something more complicated or that it wouldn't give the results that it did.
The set up was extremely easy—just as easy as setting up a new blade—it just with a minor extra step that involves using a popsicle stick (for measuring the distance between the pen and the mat).
I used a Signo Uniball white gel pen and kraft colored paper. I made the pattern about 8" wide and let the machine do the rest of the work. I thought I'd have to babysit the machine (in case the pen got stuck or something like that) but after waiting for a few seconds I realized that it was going smoothly and left it going on its own (to go do some exciting dish washing—no joke). Within a few minutes I had a pair of lovely pages covered in a design that I used for a birthday card, several gift tags and a gift box.
Using an adjustable pen holder like this gives you more use of your files and even though I just used white think of all the colored inks you can use—a lot of fun possibilities. I can see this as a great tool for repetitive projects like Christmas cards or party invitations.
Amy has generously offered a coupon for those of you interested in getting a holder for yourselves or give it to a crafty friend as a fun stocking stuffer! Just use the code below.
Date: Through the end of December
Visit Amy's site for more tutorials and inspiration (engraving and embossing too!).