Sunday, July 12, 2015

Grandma's Rocking Chair - July 12, 2015 - Using cutters and not getting a ragged edge

Grandma's Rocking Chair Question - How do you not get ragged edges when you cut cardstock?

This really is an easy one.  The most common problem with having a ragged cut it not having a sharp cutter. Be it a scissors, a rotary cutter, a trimmer or a guillotine cutter, it needs to be sharp.  Another thing I noticed is the cutting mat may be worn out.  This I find really more common than you would think and may be even harder to fix.  I have a lot of cutters.  A lot of trimmers and rotary cutters.  I have at least three big rotary cutters so that I can do multiple cardstock pieces at once.   I love them and they are great and makes my prepping for my classes easier.  But I have to say I got the second one and the third because I could not find a cutting mat to replace the worn out one.

Stampin' Up! has a replacement Mat for their cutter.

I have a few of those just in case.

For the bigger ones you usually can turn them over and use all four or two sides but once they get a groove in them they start tearing the paper and leaving the ragged edge.  I have bought most of my large cutters at Sam's Club and it seems that even going to the manufacture sites they don't have replacement cutting mats for them.  I was lucky enough a few years ago to be in DC and found just by luck some mats for one of my first cutters and I bought 10 of them.  I really hope they last.

So if your paper starts looking ragged when you cut I would suggest that you replace the blade and if it still happens turn over the cutting mat or get a new one.  Always try to buy extra blades and cutting mats when you purchase a new cutter. 

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