10 Craft Tips: Paper Cutting

Hello beautiful people!

Its tip time! Yay!!

So today we are going to share some very basic, yet extremely important tips.

All that we are about to share was learnt by us, the hard way, through trail and error over the years while working on different projects. Aren’t you happy to have access to this information without much effort 😛

Here goes:

1. When cutting straight lines, it’s usually better to use a paper cutting blade with a ruler/scale. It cuts faster and a lot neater

2. Choose your scissors according to the size of the shape being cut. Do not attempt to cut small shapes with large scissors as you wont be able to reach the tiny parts of the shape without tearing the paper

3. If you are using scissors to cut paper, do not stick the paper all the way back to where the blades join. The paper should be placed at least 3 cm from the scissor joint. If the paper is too close to the joint, it will crush from the corners and will be damaged

4. Do not rush while cutting. If you are cutting paper in “speedy Gonzales” mode, the paper will have jagged edges. Take your time, don’t rush

5. Never let the blades close completely, unless it’s the last cut, and you are cutting a straight line. Another reason for jagged paper edges, and points in round shapes, is closing the blades fully while midway

6. When cutting circles, revolve the paper rather than the scissors

7. Try to draw the shape you want to cut on the wrong side of the paper; unless you cannot do that due to the nature of the project. If you use the wrong side, once the shape is cut, turn it over to use and you wont have to worry about erasing the trace mark. (Note: if the wrong side of the paper will be visible, then the marks should be erased)

8. If you are using a crafting knife, or paper cutting blade, make sure that its sharp. Sharp blades cut better while blunt blades tear the paper, and make the edges untidy

9. When cutting out symmetrical shapes, fold them in half. This reduces cutting time in half

10. And last but not the least, when cutting pictures, leave a thin border around them

Hope you find these tips useful.

Keep those comments coming, and have a good day!


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