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Old 05-27-2020, 02:49 AM   #1
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Default EF: cut card before or after?

This is probably a silly question, but I’m wondering if most cut their cardstock to layer on a card before embossing, or after. I’ve found that the embossing “shrinks” the paper a little, which is totally expected! I don’t own any of the 3D EFs but I’m thinking those might have more of an effect on the size of the cardstock layer? The SCS newsletter that arrived in my email today featured a front flap card by Kelly in the feedback section that had such perfect layers, so I started wondering about this!

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Old 05-27-2020, 03:36 AM   #2
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I always cut my CS first. I find that the difference in size is minimal so, IMO, there's no downside to doing that.
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Old 05-27-2020, 06:21 AM   #3
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It's more difficult to cut once it's embossed, so I cut first. It's not impossible to do it the other way around, just more difficult.
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Old 05-27-2020, 06:44 AM   #4
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Thanks for your replies! I guess I’ve been doing it right, haha!
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Old 05-27-2020, 02:15 PM   #5
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Gee. I never thought about it.

I often use the whole cover of a card as a BG, so I don't have to cut them. Or...I am embossing directly on the base layer. I like the look...simple and clean.
Hang on...a few of them dont emboss all the way to the edge-so those I will cut down.
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Old 05-28-2020, 04:06 AM   #6
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In most cases, I keep my cardstock oversize- even when stamping images- and then cut to the size I want before assembly. I think this started out because, as wavejumper says, a lot of folders have a 'border' that I want to get rid of. That particularly was the issue in the early days of the Cuttlebug folders, I know.
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I don't like to cut after doing the embossing as it turns out frayed edges; however, I also find that I end up doing some cutting afterwards, most of the time. I just use my guillotine cutter to not end up with the frayed edges.
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I think I usually cut after. Here's my reasoning...

...Neither of my paper cutters cause me issues with smashing the embossing or fraying on the edges, so that doesn't figure into it.
...Sometimes I am not sure exactly what size I want for my final piece.
...Like others mentioned, I want to remove un-embossed areas of the paper.
...Sometimes the paper isn't quite straight (or it slips) in a folder where it matters!
...Sometimes a folder design shrinks the paper unevenly and I want straight edges.

There may be other reasons as well, but those come to mind right now.
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yep I do after - same reasons as Diane! I mean I usually have a 1/4 sheet cut, but then if I want it smaller than that I trim it up
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