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Old 01-18-2018, 11:12 AM   #1  
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I bought a tonic guillotine cutter, which I love, except for one tiny detail. The rulers on it are orange and I cannot see the number very well. Has anyone figured out a good way to help me see the numbers better? Its the same,e cutter that Kristina Werner uses.

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The numbers are raised, right? Maybe swipe them lightly with Archival ink or StazOn...
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No, they're indented! My eyesight is getting bad.
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If you watch just the very beginning of this video you can see how hard it is to see the numbers.

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Here's a dumb thought. Can you adhere self adhesive rulers like is on a Misti? MSP does sell them in different colors with black printing.
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When I've needed to make indented numbers or letters more visible I apply a dark acrylic paint, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then wipe it off. The paint stays in the indented areas and makes the letters or numbers easier to see.
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I've sent a message off to tonic. If they don't have any ideas, I may try the acrylic paint. I am afraid a tape might throw the measurements off.
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I've had a ruler for years that has indented markings and I used a fine tip sharpie marker to darken them. I haven't had to do it again, as I don't use the ruler with any wet medium as you wouldn't use your cutter with any wet medium so the markings should hold up. Perhaps if you have one or a bic fine tip, really any permanent fine tip should work. Hth, good luck.
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I use a white crayon and rub it over the numbers. Then I wipe off the excess with a tissue or paper towel. It's an old trick from my Dungeons & Dragons days. We used to do it to the multi-sided dice.
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what about a thin sharpie (ultra fine) used in the indentations?

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I've. Tried using a micron pen but it isn't thick enough. Regular sharpies are too thick. I'm thinking of trying a black puffy paint and a very thin paint brush.
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I just used a thin sharpie. Its better. But I think they need to redesign their colors. White numbering just doesn't show up on orange. This is the same reason I don't use the light green label tapes because it prints has white lettering on the light green tape.
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Well, tonics solution is to buy the new Tim holtz one when it is back in stock, but I can't afford to buy a new one when this one is only one and a half to two months old.! The new one is black and it looks like the numbers are white, which would be much better. Guess I'll use my sharpie whenever it needs it again.
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What about a Black Soot Distress Crayon? You're supposed to be able to rub it into crevices and wipe off the excess.
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Yes, a black crayon would work the same way a white one would. The white one worked for me on the 12 x 12 Tonic guillotine trimmer. I'm able to read the print on my small one.
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Thanks ladies. I will see if I can find a black crayon. I have a white one, but white won't help. It needs to be dark.
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Kathy, it's the same with the Cutterpillar Crop. They suggest putting black or white acrylic paint on a rag and rubbing it on a small section at a time. You want to rub it into the numbers, and then rub off what remains on the part above the numbers before it dries. Craft paint is fine. I didn't try it since I switched to a different cutter, but it apparently works well.

If you haven't yet tried the crayon, paint may get into the groves more easily than a crayon. If a crayon doesn't work you'll have to remove the wax.

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Here's the short video of using paint to fill in the numbers on the Crop. And they mean tole paint aka craft paint. https://m.
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Thanks Beth! I'll watch it now. Going out later so I can pick up some black paint then!
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