The flower in the punched shapes above is from the same Martha Stewart line, but 'Flower Shower'. It can be really challenging to find micro-size punches, and these two have been a wonderful addition to my tool set.
After spending too much time online studying punches and inquiring about the size of that dot in the corner of the butterfly, I realized that size matters and I needed to see these things in person. There's a ton of paper punches available online, but if you need something specific you need to hold the punch in your hand. And possibly, carefully, pry open a package to get a look at the punch, itself.
Now, I live in northern Vermont, and maybe where you live, the stuff craft stores carry is different, and maybe you're lucky enough to have MORE stores, or even paper-specific small shops that carry a load of paper punches! If so, lucky! Here near Burlington, we have three choices (and oh my, if you live here and know of an awesome shop somewhere that I overlooked, please let me know!): good ol' Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, and a relatively new to the mix A.C. Moore. Cool. I took my morning to visit all three and can now tell you what you'll find (or not) at each store!
First, I hit A.C. Moore - it's the furthest from me and I don't go there often because of that. A.C. Moore had a boatload of punches - a whole aisle, both sides had areas of different brands of punches and other paper cutting and embossing stuff. They carry the Martha Stewart Craft line. This is a big deal because Michaels no longer carries this line of craft supplies. So to find the MS punches at A.C. Moore was awesome since I had seen several punches online from MS that I thought might work for my needs and didn't know where I could find them in person. They also carry Fiskars punches, and ek tools punches. I was pretty psyched to have so many of the punches I had seen online right here for me to examine. A.C. Moore pretty much rocked for paper punches. I bought 4 and there were several more that I considered. I may go back. Total score.
Next up was JoAnn Fabrics. Now, I know it's JoAnn Fabrics, but I swear I've seen paper punches at this store in the past. Not today. Not only did they not have a single paper punch, but all their lovely sharp [fabric] scissors were locked up. Not sure who's going around swiping scissors so they felt this was a necessary step, but okay - I found this a deterrent to my browsing. A paper artist should just skip right over JoAnn's, unless you want to ask an employee to help you peruse the scissors - the embroidery scissors looked especially intriguing and fine tipped.
Lastly, I went to Michaels. Michaels seems to have decided to carry the largest SIZE punches they could find - lots of big, 1-2 inch circles and squares and tag shapes. Big, useless-to-me-today punches. They had the Fiskars punch I had already purchased at A.C. Moore, so that was almost cool. Nothing at all delicate or intricate in these punches.
I'll talk more another time about how I use punches in my miniatures, but for now, it's so good to know where to go to see a great selection.