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Old 09-11-2018, 11:18 AM   #1
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I am new to card making. I have a Paper Studio trimmer. I have cut cardstock from Hobby Lobby and Stampin Up to make card bases and every time when I place my cut piece in the score board it is uneven. How do I get a straight even cut?
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:27 AM   #2
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First of all - welcome!! I have had the same problem with trimmers. I've gone through three rotatory blade Fiskars trimmers. I recently bought the Tim Holtz 12" guillotine trimmer and there is a plastic spring loaded finger bar that when you push down on it, it will keep the paper nice & snug. I've gotten straight cuts every time. Make sure when you are using your trimmer you are holding the paper down with your other hand.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:40 AM   #3
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Sometimes cardstock is not cut accurately but for me it’s been my former paper cutters. I’ve had several that cut a hair or more off. One way you can check your full sheet of card stock is by scoring and folding to see if the edges match. If they match it might be the trimmer when you are making additional cuts. There have been several SCS threads about paper cutters and straight cuts. Sometimes the blades are off and sometimes the bumpers or the grids are off. I would think that Stampin’ Up cardstock would come accurately cut but I don’t have any actual experience with either of the brands you mention.

The above advice about keeping the paper steady while cutting is important too.
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Old 09-11-2018, 03:03 PM   #4
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One thing I do is score first and fold the card base before I cut...so the edges are cut identical and if they are off a hair both halves are off a hair. It makes it less noticeable.


Second thing if I want to cut first I have found a 45 degree triangle keeps my papers butted up tight to the paper guides. Becca Feeken shows how here:
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:52 PM   #5
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I scored and folded the cardstock. The ends matched up but one of the side edges were off a little. So I measured another sheet of cardstock and discovered both sides (8 1/2 & 11) were off. After trimming to the correct size I got a perfect match. Now 148 more sheets to go😏. Thanks for the tip😘.
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Sometimes cardstock is not cut accurately but for me itís been my former paper cutters. Iíve had several that cut a hair or more off. One way you can check your full sheet of card stock is by scoring and folding to see if the edges match. If they match it might be the trimmer when you are making additional cuts. There have been several SCS threads about paper cutters and straight cuts. Sometimes the blades are off and sometimes the bumpers or the grids are off. I would think that Stampiní Up cardstock would come accurately cut but I donít have any actual experience with either of the brands you mention.

The above advice about keeping the paper steady while cutting is important too.
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Someone mentioned that cutters can be off too. I am not sure how to check mine...

Cutters have been the bane of my card existence. I have a triangle though so I will try that.
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:23 PM   #7
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Someone mentioned that cutters can be off too. I am not sure how to check mine...

Cutters have been the bane of my card existence. I have a triangle though so I will try that.
That can be frustrating. Fortunately I have purchased only the Paper Studio cutter. Now I have a guillotine cutter that I am enjoying so far.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:11 AM   #8
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For a long time I thought my guillotine cutter was off because my cuts were off until I realized that I wasn't putting the handle of the cutter all the way in the up position before putting the paper on the cutter. Just a fraction of an inch in the down position wouldn't let the paper butt all the way to the top. When using the 45 degree triangle with the cutter if the paper doesn't lay flat and smooth first thing I check is to make sure the handle is up correctly.
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:43 AM   #9
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For a long time I thought my guillotine cutter was off because my cuts were off until I realized that I wasn't putting the handle of the cutter all the way in the up position before putting the paper on the cutter. Just a fraction of an inch in the down position wouldn't let the paper butt all the way to the top. When using the 45 degree triangle with the cutter if the paper doesn't lay flat and smooth first thing I check is to make sure the handle is up correctly.
I have discovered the same thing and have to remind myself to check the position of the handle.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:49 AM   #10
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I've had a few trimmer and none ever cut straight, always thought it was me. I recently invested in the Fiskars ProCision Trimmer and it's amazing.
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I had developed a problem with my trusty Tonic rotary trimmer of over 10 years. All of a sudden I noticed one side or another was not cutting straight.

I ran my hand down the channel where the cutting blade goes.......guess what. Over the years and these many cuts there was a slight wow in the plastic runner, just about the spot where you would be cutting out 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card and layers. Consistently cutting these measurements over the years meant wear and tear over this spot!

It’s like using a plastic ruler over time gets worn down, so it’s best to use a ruler with a metal edge right.

I bought with coupon a WRMK board because it was a good buy.......Yureeka now my edges are nice and straight. Never thought to check this out now I no longer have to go back and trim. Maybe that is why I believe France Martin has a video on how to replace that piece if you have an SU Trimmer, mine was a Tonic which I loved.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:40 AM   #12
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Some score boards are designed to leave one vertical edge of your card longer than the other, this is to give you what I think is called a 'leading edge' and it makes the card easier to open.
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Several tips up there I had not heard before! Thanks!
I have a guillotine too so I will check that about the handle.
I also have found a build up of paper dust/bits in the track of a rotary.

Sometimes I wonder if I am not getting what I pay for. If I keep paying less for a mass produced piece of plastic trimmer (30-40) ...can I be surprised if it is an 1/8th or 1/16th off? In other fields that might not matter, but we see it.....
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When I work with the group I teach, I watch when they use the paper trimmers and am surprised at the number that abut the paper against the top rail properly, but then draw the cutter from top down, working against the top edge holding the paper in place. If the paper is abutted against the top rail, the blade should be pushed upward so the paper stays secure against the edge. Those that feel more comfortable cutting downward, should abut the paper against the bottom edge. That's why I turn my cutter upside down as the extension ruler is only on one end, and I'm more comfortable pulling the blade toward me. If you use a guillotine, what August 29 said is the best tip ever! If your paper comes cut wonky from the manufacturer, none of this will help. I would return what's left and ask for a replacement or money back.
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I'vehadafew trimmer and none ever cut straight, always thought it was me. I recently invested in the Fiskars ProCision Trimmer and it's amazing.

I agree 100%. Yes, it is an investment, but for the number of straight, precision cuts I need to make every day as an obsessed card maker and papercraft instructor, the ProCision cutter is worth every penny. It's the best tool purchase I've ever made and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. When I remember how much frustration and wasted time the smaller and less expensive trimmers caused me on a daily basis, I can't imagine life without this cutter any more. And I'm not just being brand-loyal, either. I had a smaller, compact Fiskars trimmer and it gave me just as much trouble as all the other brands I'd bought.

But this ProCision trimmer is so precise and reliable that, when I find a white card base edge peeking out from behind a dark-colored card front because it's been adhered slightly off-kilter, this trimmer will shear off that sliver so finely that it curls! The only negative I can think of with this tool is that it doesn't offer the convenience of a built-in scorer. But I'll gladly take that trade-off every day and twice on Sunday!
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Totally agree with what Jeanne3579 said - I always abut my paper with the bottom edge of my rotary trimmer and slide the cutter down - and I get perfect results.

I find I get better results with a rotary trimmer than a guillotine for large pieces like the card bases or larger layers, but use a small guillotene for trimming small layers.

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When I work with the group I teach, I watch when they use the paper trimmers and am surprised at the number that abut the paper against the top rail properly, but then draw the cutter from top down, working against the top edge holding the paper in place. If the paper is abutted against the top rail, the blade should be pushed upward so the paper stays secure against the edge. Those that feel more comfortable cutting downward, should abut the paper against the bottom edge. That's why I turn my cutter upside down as the extension ruler is only on one end, and I'm more comfortable pulling the blade toward me. If you use a guillotine, what August 29 said is the best tip ever! If your paper comes cut wonky from the manufacturer, none of this will help. I would return what's left and ask for a replacement or money back.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:41 PM   #17
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Thank you so much for all your input on getting straight cuts on cardstock. I have had so many problems and recently made 25 similar cards. Many of them came out wonky and I had to reinsert the cardstock into the cutter to get a straight edge. Some I was able to cut with scissors. But this took a lot of time and was very frustrating. I will try the idea of placing the cardstock at the bottom of my cutter and cut downwards. I will definitely get the triangle, too.
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I agree 100%. Yes, it is an investment, but for the number of straight, precision cuts I need to make every day as an obsessed card maker and papercraft instructor, the ProCision cutter is worth every penny. It's the best tool purchase I've ever made and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. When I remember how much frustration and wasted time the smaller and less expensive trimmers caused me on a daily basis, I can't imagine life without this cutter any more. And I'm not just being brand-loyal, either. I had a smaller, compact Fiskars trimmer and it gave me just as much trouble as all the other brands I'd bought.


But this ProCision trimmer is so precise and reliable that, when I find a white card base edge peeking out from behind a dark-colored card front because it's been adhered slightly off-kilter, this trimmer will shear off that sliver so finely that it curls! The only negative I can think of with this tool is that it doesn't offer the convenience of a built-in scorer. But I'll gladly take that trade-off every day and twice on Sunday!
I feel like I could've written all of this. I have 4 'cheaper' trimmers including the Tonic and had problems with all. I took one of those curled slivers to work to show my co-workers, I was that impressed. Its not light and compact like the others but I'm fine with a substantial, functioning product.

Now if I could just make myself get rid of at least 2 of those other wonky trimmers, that would be wonderful but...................I might need them some day for whatever reason! lol
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Ive tried a few trimmers but keep coming back to a self-sharpening rotary cutter (Cutterpede) or a guillotine trimmer. Nothing else is accurate enough.

Yes, it can be the cardstock. But Iíve found that to be pretty rare. Occasionally the paper is a bit larger than expected but itís straight. Of course make sure you are always placing the paper carefully. But usually a premium trimmer is the solution. They can be spendy, $100+, when you are new but if any craft using paper is in your future, itís totally worth it.
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I finally bought a Rotatrim after too many failed cutters, rotary and guillotine. I cut a lot of cardstock and paper and bad cuts and pieces of metal and plastic falling off were ruining my day. Perfect cuts every time and no lock down rail step. The blade is much larger, self sharpening, and housed in a cast iron casing. I think there are other cheaper good cutters out there but I ran out of gas trying to find one. FYI this is not a mass sheets of cardstock cutter. It is designed for precision cuts one to two sheets of cardstock at a time.

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I finally bought a Rotatrim after too many failed cutters, rotary and guillotine. I cut a lot of cardstock and paper and bad cuts and pieces of metal and plastic falling off were ruining my day. Perfect cuts every time and no lock down rail step. The blade is much larger, self sharpening, and housed in a cast iron casing. I think there are other cheaper good cutters out there but I ran out of gas trying to find one. FYI this is not a mass sheets of cardstock cutter. It is designed for precision cuts one to two sheets of cardstock at a time.

Amazon.com : Rotatrim RC RCM12 12-Inch Cut Rotatrim Professional-12 Cutter : Printer Cutters : Camera & Photo

I like that paper guide!
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Paper trimmers are the bane of the paper crafting world. I have gone through so many I could have bought all of SU's catalog for the money I spent.

I fold my cardstock. I take my metal ruler and craft knife and cut the extra edges off. Quick & simple.

I know that tip could be hard for some people. It works with a good trimmer too like a guillotine.
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I too tend to fold, then trim off any excess overhand either side with my guillotine. Very often it's the cardstock not being cut square from the supplier giving the problem. If the edge resting against your guide is a hair off, then your own cuts/scoring are going to be off. I can remember being told that quite often the edges of trimmers etc can be off, and you will get far straighter cuts by lining up on any gridlines on your trimmer, rather than butting up to the edge- That would also solve the issue on non square cut cardstock too, I think.
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I too tend to fold, then trim off any excess overhand either side with my guillotine. Very often it's the cardstock not being cut square from the supplier giving the problem. If the edge resting against your guide is a hair off, then your own cuts/scoring are going to be off. I can remember being told that quite often the edges of trimmers etc can be off, and you will get far straighter cuts by lining up on any gridlines on your trimmer, rather than butting up to the edge- That would also solve the issue on non square cut cardstock too, I think.

Agree with lining up on the cutter grid lines for some cardstock. Neenah hasnít needed that, but other manufacturersí papers are not always trued up.

I mainly use a Carl cutter, as suggested by several SCSers, and the paper is clamped down before cutting, so whether the paper isnít ďsquareĒ or Iím using a big scrap I want to square up, by aligning paper on a grid line, itís square. (Plus you can cut many pieces at one time, chipboard, etc.)

But an older ďregularĒ Fiskars or a little guillotine are often used for tiny strips being cut off of very small scraps.
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As I previously posted my plastic guide developed a dent in it. It was in the spot where you cut an A2 card.
Constantly cutting one way and then a cross, always the same cut over the years I think this spot had too much wear and tear.
I will try putting paper at bottom. I did purchase a WRMK some time back. On the top of the guide it has a magnet,that clicks into place when you put it down holding the paper in place.
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