The Crop-A-Dile is a crafting tool that can punch through chipboard, tin and multiple paper layers with ease. Its built-in 1/8″ and 3/16″ eyelet setters easily set Stampin’ Ups standard and jumbo eyelets.
My Crop-A-Dile is one of my favorite tools. The Crop-A-Dile is a fabulous eyelet setting tool sold by Stampin’ Up!. When I first started paper crafting a few years ago I would pull out my protective mat, grab hammer, the punch, and the setter and begin banging away. If you’ve never done it, well… its LOUD! It sounds like a your knocking your walls down and because I craft mostly at night I would retreat to the garage where I could happily hammer away.
Yay!!! You’ll will NEVER have to hammer again because a much easier alternative has arrived… its called The Crop-A-Dile!
The Stampin’ Up! The Crop-A-Dile
When I first saw the Crop-A-Dile, I wondering whether or not I should actually purchase it. After all, it does look a bit intimidating doesn’t it? And I do have many, many tools that I thought were must-haves, that now sit around gathering dust. While deliberating, I asked my upline, Esther, about the Crop-A-Dile and she began to show me the many great qualities it has and why it’s a must have tool.
The Crop-A-Dile is strong and very well made!!! I just love how it easily punches through heavy materials allowing me to take paper crafting to new levels and explore new ideas. I use it to alter tin, heavy cardboard, and chipboard as well as setting a simple Eyelet or jumbo eyelet.
Keep in mind…The Crop-a-dile is very easy to use once you understand it and it’s settings. No more banging. It comes complete with the punching mechanism on the sides in two different sizes. I feel that the Crop-A-Dile is a very good investment and that it really works well.
The Crop-A-Dile is Ideal for Punching: Paper, Tin, Leather, Plastic, Chipboard, Acrylic, Fabric, Wood and Poly
As I stated earlier, the Crop-A-Dile is really very easy to use once you understand it. I believe the part that throws most people off is the different settings. I would suggest if you are just starting out…just set it to what is standard for eyelets and brads and leave it there. I use it most often for Jumbo Grommets on 3D projects so I would recommend setting it for what you would use it most. Leave it on that setting until you become more comfortable and confident using it.
|3/16" Eyelet Setter||For all 3/16" standard and oversided eyelets||A||1|
|1/8" Round Snap Setter||Dish shaped for all 1/8 inch round standard snaps||B||2|
|1/8 Inch Eyelet Setter||For all 1/8 inch standard and oversized eyelets)||C||3
|Flat Setter||For all oversized, miscellaneous, and square shaped metal embellishments and snaps||D||4|
Good To Know: If you are having trouble remembering your favorite settings, paint a little colored nail polish on the settings you use the most to make lining them up easy.
For most instances the settings line up easily…. A corresponds with 1, B with 2, C with 3 and D with 4. The setting for mini eyelets is C-3 and probably the most used setting. The thing that confuses a lot of people is the which way to hold it to see the numbers. For the C-3 setting you want to set the bits so that the C and the 3 are on the inside where your paper will be squeezed. If you are using it Press slowly & firmly but not too hard…you don’t want to split the eyelets. Make sure your eyelets are inserted correctly before crimping. The prong part of the tool is inserted into the top of the eyelet that you see in the finished product.
I hope this break down has helped you understand your Crop-A-Dile. Take it out and just start setting it as I stated above and you’ll be amazed at how graceful it is when setting Eyelets or Punching Holes. It’s a fantastic tool!!! Don’t let yours sit and collect dust… let it do the work for you!!! Feel free to post comments and questions on the Crop-A-Dile. I’ll do my best to help.Editor Note: This tutorial was original published on Feb. 8, 2011. We have updated this post with a new video and a new easy-to-use chart as of 7/19/12.