Basic Supplies for the Paper Crafting Beginner: Part II

Part two of my four-part series on basic supplies for paper crafters is dedicated to cutting tools. Though there is not as much variety in this category as there is in paper, it can still be daunting to figure out what you really need as a beginner. So here’s a list of the very basic cutting tools every paper crafter should have.

Part II: Cutting Tools

Self-Healing Cutting mat = A Must! If you’re going to be working with a lot of larger sized papers (12″ x 12″) consider getting a cutting mat at least as big, if not bigger, than your paper. This will allow you to make full cuts without having to move your paper or ruler half-way through a cut. A self-healing cutting mat will also serve as a setting mat when setting eyelets or snaps, and protect your table top from scratches or dings.

Craft knife = use for fine detail cutting in tight spots or corners, or with a metal-edged ruler for straight cuts (a craft knife will cut through plastic rulers, giving you an uneven edge). There are so many different styles and varieties of craft knives out there now, it’s best just to experiment and find what’s the most comfortable for you.

Scissors = it’s good to have two pairs of scissors, one with longer blades for cutting larger areas more smoothly and efficiently, and one with shorter blades for detail and precision cuts. Be careful to use non-stick coated scissors when cutting through adhesives, or regularly clean the blades with an adhesive remover. As with craft knives, there are many different styles and shapes of scissors available, so look around and find pairs that are the most comfortable for your fingers.

Paper Trimmer = can be the kind with an arm that you lower (called a guillotine), or with a blade that you slide along a track. Paper trimmers are great for cutting straight lines more quickly and easily than with craft knives or scissors. Small ones (5″x7″) are easy to store and carry with you, but realize that you won’t be able to cut larger pieces of paper with them. A full-sized one (12″x12″) is helpful.

Published in: on August 20, 2006 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

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