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Old 08-01-2006, 09:37 PM   #1  
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I am pretty new and still trying to figure out techniques. When you put a strip of paper across the front of a card to you cut it exactly to the edge of the card or do you cut a slip and wrap it around to the inside of the card?
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Also, how do you cut your paper so it is clean on the edges? I sometimes have a little fraying on the edges. Maybe I just need a new blade on my little paper trimmer. LOL

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With paper strips I tend to cut a little longer than I need and then trim down afterwards. I can usually eyeball how much to slice off if I trim from the underside of the overhang, and if I am having a bad day I will usually just plan to trim both the strip and the paper I am layering it on. I hope that makes sense. To get the best precision trims, I use a metal ruler and a handheld rotary cutter to shave off fractions of a millimeter cleanly.

For me, fraying edges means your blade is dull and should be replaced.
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Just thought I would add that when working with ribbon, I find it much easier to wrap the ends around the next layer down. I recently started trying out trimming the edges of ribbon flush with the edge of the layer it was on, without doing the wrapping thing. I received an awesome card where the creator did this, so I thought I would try it. It's a little tricky to do, and I find wrapping to be a lot easier even though it adds some bulk. HTH!
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That does help, thanks so much!
I never thought of using a hand held rotary. I have 2 that were my grandmothers so I will give that a try.
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If you don't have an extra blade for your cutter, you can lightly sand the frayed edges with a sanding block. HTH!
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Lisa, that sounds fun! I will try that today.
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Also, if you place a piece of copy paper under the cardstock when you cut, it will give you a much cleaner cut. No frayed edges.
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