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!