Hello everyone! It's Mary J here with a few hints and tips of how I do my fussy cutting - I've had a lot of questions about it so I hope this will go some way to help you! First off, here is my card where I used this technique...
Isn't she beautiful? This is Drozy's Darlings Letter For You and I also used a sentiment from the . AmyR Stamps Sunny Sentiments set. As you can see, I have cut around her and also in between the gap of her leg and wing. Here are the tools I use...
In order from left to right:
Serrated scissors (Tim Holtz)
Craft knife (Xcut)
rounded sanding tool
flat sanding tool
I don't think I need to tell you how to actually these tools! But here are a few things I do to get a good result:
First of all, I always cut around the image, say 2cm all round so that I don't have large pieces of card getting in my way as I cut round.
Don't try to get a perfect cut out using your scissors the first time you go round. You can always go back to trim more off but you can't put it back!
Make sure your craft knife is sharp - you should be able to cut with quite light pressure. If you find you are having to press down hard to get a cut, they are not sharp enough.
Don't worry if the edges aren't completely smooth and rounded (especially around those tight corners) - this is where the sanding tools come in. For the outer side of the cut out image, I use the flat sanding tool to smooth it out. I use the rounded sanding tool in the inside cuts.
That's it! I hope that was useful. If you have any questions, leave a comment to this post and I will get back to you. I'm off now but I'll see you again for another Make It Monday in the future!
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