COOL TOOLS

Mak­ers, re­joice! Clever craft­ing tools take your cre­ativ­ity to the next level.

Do It Yourself - - DEPARTMENTS - WORDS LIND­SEY M. ROBERTS

Crafters and mak­ers unite with nifty tools that take pro­jects to the next level.

1. LEATHER­MAN WAVE+

Stop rif­fling through the junk drawer for the right screw­driver. When you need help quickly, pull out the up­dated Leather­man Wave+, now with re­place­able wire cut­ters. Seven­teen other tools in­clude a nee­dle-nose pliers, wire strip­per, and ser­rated knife—some even ac­ces­si­ble while the tool is folded. $99;

leather­man.com

2. CROP-A-DILE II BIG BITE PUNCH

A 6-inch reach ex­tends to the cen­ter of a 12-inch sheet of pa­per with this su­per punch. It adds eye­lets, grom­mets, and other em­bel­lish­ments to a craft­ing project with jaws that can han­dle pa­per, leather, fab­ric, plas­tic, thin tin, chip­board, and more. $45;

wer­mem­o­ry­keep­ers.com

3. DREMEL STYLO+

This small ro­tary tool is a jack of many trades. De­signed for en­grav­ing, wood carv­ing, sand­ing, and etch­ing, the er­gonomic pen-shape de­vice keeps your craft­ing com­fort­able.

$60; dremel.com

4. CRICUT EASYPRESS

Bet­ter than an iron but more light­weight and por­ta­ble than a heat press, the EasyPress gives any trans­fer a pro­fes­sional touch.

Use cus­tom con­trols to get the cor­rect time and tem­per­a­ture for foil, glit­ter, and metal­lic pro­jects. $150;

shop.cricut.com

5. CRE­ATIVE STA­TION LITE BY XYRON

Make your own stick­ers, lam­i­nated flash cards, savethe-date mag­nets, and more with this stream­lined all-in-one tool. The de­vice lets you fol­low your imag­i­na­tion whereever it leads—with­out elec­tric­ity (no pesky cords) or heat

(no lam­i­nat­ing smell). $50;

hob­by­lobby.com

6. SCANnCUT CM350 BY BROTHER

Draw by hand and then scan right into the ma­chine to quickly cre­ate stamps, sten­cils, doll pat­terns, and more. The new model has a 30 per­cent larger screen than pre­vi­ous ones and more than 600 built-in de­signs to im­prove your out­put.

$299; broth­er­mall.com

7. ROYAL SOV­ER­EIGN FOIL LAMINATOR

Take a shine to per­son­al­ized pro­jects, thanks to the sleek CL-1223 laminator, which se­cures solid-color or pat­terned foil to pa­per and other sur­faces. Lam­i­nate die-cut shapes or full sheets up to 12 inches wide.

$50; ther­mowe­bon­line.com

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