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Old 08-17-2009, 02:30 PM   #1
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I've been seeing lots of perfectly cut banner style notches on the ends of sentiments and ribbon, like THIS on Anna's fab card. However, I seem to be notch challenged - especially on ribbon ends. The bow on the card I just posted has pathetic looking notches, not at all what I'd envisioned. Does anyone have a trick or tip that'll help with cutting sharp, clean and even notches?

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Old 08-17-2009, 02:37 PM   #2
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Fold the ribbon/paper in half, then cut on a diagnal. Works like a charm.
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Wow great card! I think the most important thing is really sharp scissors. Then take the ends of you ribbon and fold them in half cut at an angle
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A star punch would work too.
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A star punch would work too.
ooh, good idea
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I use a square punch for cardstock banner ends.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:55 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the tips!

I do fold the ribbon but I'll try sharpening my scissors. Guess it'll just take practice on the ribbon until I can eyeball the right angle, I usually get the notch too deep or too shallow.

Thanks for the punch tips - great idea! I've tried folding the paper in half but don't like the crease so I can see that the punches would help a lot!
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Ribbon only scissors help with clean cuts on ribbon. Paper dulls the heck out of scissors which then fray the ribbon.
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You can alao use a square punch on one of the corners...but, folding the ribbon and cutting is the best I think...
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Yep, fold the ribbon, then cut from the outside toward the valley. It keeps the ribbon from slipping while cutting. Go ahead and cut too shallow. You can always make a deeper cut. Sharp scissors are a must. And I use my photo corner punch for the paper banner ends, just because it's what I have (as opposed to a square punch).
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I ALWAYS use a square punch for mine! Perfect every time...
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Yep, fold the ribbon, then cut from the outside toward the valley. It keeps the ribbon from slipping while cutting. Go ahead and cut too shallow. You can always make a deeper cut. Sharp scissors are a must. And I use my photo corner punch for the paper banner ends, just because it's what I have (as opposed to a square punch).
That's it - THANK YOU, Bethany! I've been cutting backwards, starting at the valley and cutting towards the outside. Tried it your way and can't believe the difference starting at the outside and cutting in makes! Yay! How simple - I'm kind of embarrassed I didn't think of it but am so happy you told me.

Thanks everyone for your tips.
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