Use Your Tools – Crimper Love!

by Lain Ehmann on June 21, 2011

Use Your Tools!

This is the first in a series helping you use the tools and supplies you may already have. Why buy something new when you can dig into your scrapbook stash and find something fab? Of course, if I show you something you don’t already have, you may have to make a purchase. Be my guest. :) 

Today, we’re focusing on your paper crimper! Mine is a Fiskars Crimper that I got at least five years ago.  At first used it a bit to make fun paper to put in gift bags, like this:

Remember in the 80′s when crimped hair was all the rage? It never worked for me, mostly because my hair was either too short or too curly already!

Maybe that’s why I fell in love with the paper crimper! Of course, after I made a bunch of the gift bag fill, my crimper sat around forever. Let’s not let the same thing happen to yours!

Before I show you the projects, let me share some…

Paper Crimping Tips

1. My crimper will only take paper up to 6-1/2″ wide.

2. The lighter the paper, the tighter the crimp. I couldn’t get acrylic or chipboard to work.

3. You feed the paper between the rollers, like with your kids’ Play-Doh. :)

4. SQUEEZE HARD! You squeeze the handle while you turn the knob that feeds the paper through. The tighter you squeeze, the tighter the crimp.

5. If you need a particular sized piece of paper, crimp FIRST. Crimping makes the paper smaller. The same goes for punching shapes.

6. Try different adhesives — you may find that you need MORE adhesive, or you may want to use a liquid adhesive or glue dots.

7. EXPERIMENT. Try different things! It’s fun! :)

Now for my paper crimped projects:

First, the cards:

For this one, I used three pieces of the same patterned paper, but cut them apart and moved the patterns around to create some interest.

Look how just a few different pieces of cardstock (and one piece of patterned paper) with different textures looks so cute and fun!

Same with this card — simple in terms of products, but it’s anything but boring! The different colors could look disjointed, but the crimping pulls it all together.

Now, for the simple scrapbooking layouts!

Look how crimping the same patterned paper looks totally different! Crimping is a great way to make the products you have look new and fresh.

And I think crimping this large piece of cardstock gives a masculine edge to the page, even with the flowers!

So, what do you think? Do you have a crimper? Have you used it recently? Do tell!

Update: I added this little video of how to use your crimper — live and in color!

P.S. I found some additional crimping resources:

-An 8.5″ wide crimper from Uchida.

-A 4.5″ wide mini-crimper from Armada.

-A 9″ wide crimper from Acme.


  • Amy

    Such great simple ideas! I have the same crimped and I used it probably twice. But since it hasn’t been hardly used inhavent gotten rid of it. I may have to bust that thing out and try some of your ideas. I’m almost embarrassed I haven’t thought to use it lately…
    Amy P. in NC

  • GypsyChaos

    SQUEEZE HARD!
    NEVER knew about that step. No wonder crimpers never appealed to me.

  • GypsyChaos

    SQUEEZE HARD!
    NEVER knew about that step. No wonder crimpers never appealed to me.

  • Anonymous

    I figured it out the hard way! Will do a video demonstration since I did my hair today. :) LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Amy, don’t be embarrassed – I only got mine out b/c I was purging during my recent move and came across it! I thought it would be perfect for a blog post. :) Now go do something with it — then show me!

  • Lynnette

    Yup…have the same one, sitting lonely and abandoned on the shelf.  Thanks for the kick in the pants to get  it out and back in commission. 

  • Anonymous

    Show me what you do with it! :)

  • Renee J.

    Oh, Lain, I love your projects….I love my crimper, too!  Thanks for sharing!!

  • Anonymous

    So glad you liked them!!

  • Lzepponi

    oh Wow!  have that one too!  I will be dusting it off and trying to use it!  THanks for reminding me about the tool!  Nice Video!

  • Kimmarie

    I had to read your ideas as soon as I got your email.  I just recently started using my crimper as well (again)!  I am so happy that I started playing with it.  It has been sitting around forever. I love your sample projects!!  TFS  http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com

  • Cynthia

    Great ideas! I bought a paper crimper a loooonnng time ago but never used it. I’m trying out the scalloped crimped border first thing. Thank you!

  • Gail Weber

    Lain,
    yes i have the very same crimper as you! it too has been collecting dust—i really like what you have show cased with it!
    and i do remember the crimped hair from the 80′s (roflmbo)!!!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much! Show me what you come up with! :)

  • Anonymous

    Kimmarie, thanks for commenting. Can’t wait to see some of your crimper creations! :)

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t that funny — I thought I HAD to have a crimper at the time… who knows why I let it sit so long? :)

  • Anonymous

    Glad I’m not the only one who remembers those days… now go dust that crimper off! ;)

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  • Iceteeeeee

    I love how things come back around. That is why I don’t get rid of anything! Yup, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! :)
    Trisha

  • Anonymous

    Exactly! Bell bottoms. Charlie’s Angels. David Hasselhoff! ;)

  • LCSmithSAVED

    (sharp breath intake) Your new room!
    Oh my word that stainless steel front is awesome & the color is great!

    Last used my crimper on grey cardstock to make a tin roof for a 3D chipboard potting shed – cool, huh?
     http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcsmithsaved/5861715262/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcsmithsaved/5861715470/

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, dearie! I will take some more photos soon!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, dearie! I will take some more photos soon!

  • http://lovinglycreatedbyali.blogspot.com Ali

    Very cool- loved the video, too, Lain! Thanks for the info, I have  never seen a crimper “in action!” LOL

    GREAT tips re: pre-punching the item (shape) and the type of adhesive (s) you felt work best for crimped items.

     As a Mom who has 3 boys (4 kids! LOL) ITA re: the masculine look of that LO with the crimped red CS:  it’s perfect! WTG girl!

    ~ Ali

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much for watching!!! :)

  • KTKate

    Cool…I never knew these existed! It looks great but is really simple! Thanks…off to the store now!!

  • Shellymanston

    Love the first card shown with the brightly colored patterned papers. I may just have to buy a paper crimper!

  • Sharon

    You are SOOOOO totally right!  I’m going to the basement to get the crimper… tomorrow morning!  Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to see what you do! :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m really enjoying mine! :)

  • Ruth G

    So wonderful to “rediscover” stuff that has long been neglected/ignored! I borrowed a friend’s crimper to make a crimped bottom for a cupcake on a card (like the paper liners;-) I just love the texture that crimping adds! Thanks for the reminder to use those tools!

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