Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Crop A Dile.....

What is a Crop-A-Dile?

I have had quite a few questions about the Crop A Dile.

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.

The 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. It seemed like a lot a work for a couple of eyelets! And…if you’ve never done it, well… its LOUD!

The Stampin’ Up! The Crop-A-Dile

The Crop-A-Dile is strong and very well made! I 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 eyelets; small or jumbo size.

Keep in mind…The Crop-a-dile is very easy to use once you understand it and its settings. It comes complete with the punching mechanism on the sides in two different sizes.

The Crop-A-Dile is Ideal for Punching: Paper, Tin, Leather, Plastic, Chipboard, Acrylic, Fabric, Wood and Poly

Here is the inside scoop for the settings!


A ~ 3/16 Inch Eyelet Setter (For all 3/16 inch standard and oversized eyelets)

B ~ 1/8 Inch Round Snap Setter (Dish Shaped for all 1/8 inch round standard snaps)

C ~ 1/8 Inch Eyelet Setter (For all 1/8 inch standard and oversized eyelets)

D ~ Flat Setter (For all oversized, miscellaneous, and square shaped metal embellishments and snaps)


1 ~ Large/Extra Large Eyelet and Snap Flare (For all 3/16 inch standard, oversized and misc. eyelets and snaps)

2 ~ Medium Eyelet and Snap Flare (For other non-standard, oversized, and misc. eyelets and snaps)

3 ~ Small Eyelet and Snap Flare (For all 1/8 inch standard, oversized and misc. eyelets and snaps)

4 ~ Cone Shaped Flare (For snaps and eyelets where the eyelet tube is not completely hollow and for other misc. cast metal eyelets and snap shapes)

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 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.

Jumbo Eyelets ~ Use the 3/16 Inch Hole Punch & Set at A, 1 then squeeze and set

Eyelets ~ 1/8 Inch Hole Punch & Set at C, 3 and Squeeze to Set

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.

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