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PaperĀ Cutting Tools

There are several types of cutting tools you can useĀ from scissors to Electronic cutting machines.. I will talk about the tools I actually use and why.

Pair of Scissors

Pair of Scissors

These are fine as long as you are just cutting tapered strips of various sizes and you are not worried about presicion. Just don't use your fabric scissors for this. Standard 8" long scissors work best, even though I have seen paper scissors as long as 12" long.

My rotary cutters and mat

Rotary Cutter and Mat

This is the one I will use when I don't have enough room left on the paper to use the Guillotine type cutter. I use a quilter's ruler which has a lip at one end which makes it work like a T square. This will help make for precise straight cuts. Of course you can use a T Square but I found using the quilters ruler with the lip on the end works great because it is transparent.

Hand Made Ruler Weight

Ruler Weight

Ruler Weight for quilting ruler. Used to hold quilting ruler down, while cutting paper into strips, for paper beads. It weights 3lbs 7oz. I still have to hold the weight in place, to prevent slippage of the ruler on the paper but it does not require as much pressure as you would need, without the weight, to hold the ruler in place.

I also have one that is made completely with cast iron and painted black. It weights 4 lbs and is made to be a pattern weight for sewing. You can also use hand weights for this purpose.

Image of cutter I have

Guillotine Cutter

This is the cutter I actually have! This is the cutter I use most of the time. I bought it from Amazon.com. The way I use it is I mark my paper on the back side at the top and bottom of the sheet of paper the width that I need for the length of the bead I am making. then I take it to the cutter and line up the edge of the cutter where the blade is with the marks on my paper and cut. If the design on the paper really requires precise cutting, I will cut the paper with the design facing up. When I get to the edge and it is too narrow to cut with the cutter, I then use my rotary cutter and cutting mat to finish the last 2 or 3 strips.

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Rotary Paper Trimmer

I have this type of trimmer that is in the picture. This type of cutter has a cutting base, a rotary blade and an arm that you swing down to hold the paper in place. You are supposed to start at the top of the paper and pull or roll the blade down to the bottom. Some people swear by this type of cutter. I do have one made by Fiskars but I really do not like it. I tried to cut a single sheet of paper and could not get the rotary blade to cut through it! Plus it is really hard to be accurate with this type of cutter.

Electronic Cutting Machines

There are several different electronic cutting machines out there. These are great to use because they result in very accurate and consistent cuts every time! I offer downloadable cutting templates that will work with any of these machines.

Pazzles Inspiration VueThe cutting machine I use is called the Pazzles Inpsiration Vue. This is what I have used to cut my strips with the files that I designed with the software that came with it. It is rather expensive but the company offers a payment plan where you pay so much down, then pay monthly payments for 1 or 2 years depending on your down payment which gives you access to their Pazzles Craft Room for the length of your payments. It's a great deal! I paid $99.00, plus shipping, initially and now I am paying $19.95 for 2 years. My last payment will be in 2017. There are other brands out there but this is the one I chose because of 2 reasons. I had control of the files I made and have the option of selling the files I designed and also it had payment plan I could afford. I am very happy with my Pazzles cutter.

The other brands you can check out. Here are 3 examples I know work with the files I design and sell. Brother ScanNCut, Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine, Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool All three of these are available either through their own web sites or through Amazon.com. You may also find them in other retail outlets. Just do a search on Google or another search engine to start your journey to electronic paper cutting!