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Brad Setter & Piercing Tool

Updated on December 31, 2013
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

I love brads, but setting them and piercing the holes was a chore that I never looked forward to until I purchased this must have tool-the combo brad setter and piercing tool. Paper crafts are my passion. Adding all kinds of brads have been part of my design on my cards, scrapbook pages and paper craft projects. But the bulky hole punchers were uncomfortable to use, and often ripped the paper I was using. If I wanted to use tiny brads, the holes were always too big.

I always ran into two problems. The first was getting the right sized hole to place the brad into. Some of my other punches made a hole way too big, so the brad would flop around. If I went to use the tiny brads, it was almost impossible to set them into the correct sized hole. The other issue was to have a tool that could place a hole wherever I wanted the brad to be located. Most of the punches would only reach an inch or two into the paper. When I found this tool, I was overjoyed, because it answered both of these issues with one tool.

The tool itself is well put together. It has two sections . The paper piercer is very sharp and can easily pierce through two cardstock type papers. It allows you to be able to set brads I do suggest that you use a mat to pierce the paper, so that your paper does not crinkle. The piercer has a cover which is great feature. That way you don't have any accidents when using the other side.

The brad setter is used to open the prongs of the brad. It sets the prongs flatter than your fingers, which makes a better shape and look to your projects. Also keeps you from using your nails and fingers, which can cause nail rips and dings to your manicure.

Honestly, I keep this tool on my desk and find myself using it over and over

If you love brads, then here are a few of my favorite color selections

Brad Pack 200/Package, Pastel
Brad Pack 200/Package, Pastel

Pastel pack is great. Use them for monochromatic colors or as a contrast

Brad Pack 200-Pack, Citrus
Brad Pack 200-Pack, Citrus

The citrus selection is a sunny group of colors-bright and cheery

Brad Pack 200-Pack, Chocolate
Brad Pack 200-Pack, Chocolate

This color selection will add nice contrast to all your projects


Setting brads is something that I found tedious and challenging. Worst of all, when I wanted to set a brad, I could never hit the hole exactly where I wanted to. This tool makes setting brads easier than you ever thought possible. And you can set them anywhere, anytime on your cards, scrapbook layouts and papercrafts.

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