Fussy Cutting Is it just me?
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Posted: 3/30/2013 5:55:43 PM
I love the detailed look of cards and LO's that have fussy cut images. When I cut the images out they are just not as crisp and clean looking. I've tried detail scissors and exacto knifes with the swivel blade. What am I doing wrong?
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Posted: 3/30/2013 6:12:24 PM
I have found that I really need to take my time. I use my tiny Cutterpee (?) scissors and leave a small margin. If things look perfectly cut, are you sure it's not a die/stamp combo?


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Posted: 3/30/2013 6:13:02 PM
Good scissors are key, as is turning the paper when cutting, not the scissors. If you are using TH scissors make sure you are holding the so the non serrated edge is the one cutting. I prefer using the yellow and black handled scissors for detailed cutting, although i do use the TH scissors.

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Posted: 3/30/2013 6:27:05 PM
I love the Fiskars scissors with the spring in the center, those make fussy cutting easy. I agree with the previous poster too, remember to turn the paper as you're cutting.

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Posted: 3/30/2013 6:31:15 PM
When I fussy cut a stamped image I turn the paper like scrprgirl says, but I also cut outside the stamped line. I really like the look of it and it doesn't have to be so perfect.. I just posted a card on my blog where I did this. Here is the link.




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Posted: 3/30/2013 7:03:15 PM
I like to clean up the edges with a small piece of fine grit sandpaper or an emery board. Helps even out the edge and takes care of any little burrs.






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Posted: 3/30/2013 7:30:13 PM
I use an xacto knife, but you need to have a sharp blade, and I turn the paper, not the knife to where I need to cut. It does take me forever though to cut one piece. Then on occasion I'll use really fine sandpaper if needed, as Ashley mentioned.



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Posted: 3/30/2013 7:52:22 PM
Cutting slower definitely gives you more control.


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Posted: 3/30/2013 8:59:27 PM
I used to do the German paper cutting, for the life of me I can't spell the name of it, and I found if I used an exacto knife, a glass cutting board over a light box I did a much better job of cutting. Or using the tiny precision scissors.

Scherenschnitte - That's the name of it. I googled it, edited my post to include it.

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Posted: 3/30/2013 9:32:40 PM
I tried many pairs of scissors before I found some I like - I love my CTMH ones I had bad luck with the cutterbee ones (I am sure it is just me as I have seen others use them just fine). Move the paper not the scissors and make sure I don't go all the way to the end of the blade.

I used to hate fussy cutting but in the last few years I actually like it but only if I am not in a hurry. This is not something to do if you are in a hurry.


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Posted: 3/30/2013 10:25:45 PM
cut slow and turn...cut slow and turn You'll get there! Don't give up!

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Posted: 3/31/2013 6:28:23 AM
Hilariously, I have a phobia of that phrase - not the action, just the words! Because before its use in scrapping I had only ever heard the word 'fussy' used to describe a baby! And I just can't make my head separate the two. So when I read it, in my head I say 'detail cutting, detail cutting'... because I am a basket case, clearly.

Anyway... definitely to slow and turn the paper, not the scissors. I am rubbish with a knife and can only fathom scissors. But I will throw out there that tiny scissors aren't always easiest, since tiny cuts can get jagged easily. I just use small blades for cutting into any extreme spots, but do all my real cutting with larger scissors so I can cover more distance on the blades - more of that slow movement and less of the open/close cutting motion, if that makes sense. It also helps to get one pair if scissors that feel right in your hands then practice until you can really predict exactly where they will cut. A bit of scissor zen!!


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Posted: 3/31/2013 6:35:55 AM
I taught myself Scherenschnitte when I was about 9 or 10. The trick is to either use a very sharp exacto knife, light table and glass or if you're using scissors, then turn your paper not your scissors
I love detail cutting and I always look at my papers searching got some humbug really neat I can cut out,
I'm weird like that


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Posted: 3/31/2013 7:14:05 AM
One of our local teachers whose first language is Afrikaans, not English, says & writes "fuzzy cutting...."- appropriate slip IMO!

I am fine if I can take my time; anything rushed is definitely fuzzy irrespective of the equipment or technique used.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 7:23:12 AM
Wren...I prefer to call it "cussy cutting" because it makes me say bad things!

All kidding aside...it takes practice and patience and nice scissors. Maybe you could print or stamp out some images and just practice before you cut something you are actually going to use.

One other suggestion. After you cut your image sometimes it looks nice to trace around the image with a pen to sort of tidy up the edges. For example if I am stamping an image in black that I am going to color, I'll use my black memento marker to go around the edges so that there is no more white showing. Make sense?

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Posted: 3/31/2013 7:45:15 AM
I love cutting! since I got my honey bee scissors (yellow and black) it's such a fun thing! One tip - try to keep a tiny edge around your image. Later you can smooth it with scissors or just ink the edges.
And sure - make it slow and turn the paper.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 8:00:43 AM
I hate fussy cutting. It's the sole reason I bought a Cameo.


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Posted: 3/31/2013 8:18:58 AM
Shimelle, same here. I've not heard of using the term 'fussy' for cutting until the last year (though I've been out of the game for a couple of years), and automatically thought of babies. I always called it detail cutting.



I love detail cutting and I always look at my papers searching


Thats what I've done too, many times lol. I love cutting details.




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Posted: 3/31/2013 8:24:35 AM
I love to cut things out! That's why many times on my layouts you will see mostly paper accents I use a large pair of scissors because I just can't seem to manage a smaller pair to make the tiny turns and such. I know I'm weird.


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Posted: 3/31/2013 8:42:43 AM
I think it was Kristina Werner who said to take a brush tip marker and run it over the cut edge of your image once it was cut out. It covers up any stray white areas you missed. It works wonders - hides any missed spots.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:14:52 PM
I haven't done the fussy cutting yet.

If you are coloring an image to use for a card, for example a Pure Innocence stamp, do you color the image first and then cut it out, or cut the image out and then color it?

Thanks.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:33:58 PM
Dies and machines like the wishblade and circuit where made just for me. I am one who has trouble drawing a straight line with a rule. I even shy away from my paper trimmer a lot. But, I would like to get better with my scissors. I just need to practice and finally am doing that instead of shying away from them. My biggest thing is I always try to cut too much and then have to go around the object again and it's really uneven. So, thank you for all the tips of leaving the border, how to smooth the edges, and adding the ink.


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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:56:39 PM
My fussy cutting needs a lot of help as well. I still do it, even though it ends up far from perfect. I do turn the paper rather than the scissors, which helps. Though normally patient, I can't go as slowly as I need to when fussy cutting.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 1:27:04 PM
I enjoy fussy cutting, and as others have stressed, I just take my time (it's relaxing). I do not like to leave a tiny white edge, but I cut on the outside of the line. Also helps to cut "backwards" when you come to a spot that will crimp/wrinkle a hard to get into area. I love to stamp and cut out the new Prima Mixed Media Doll stamps - see an example in my Gallery

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Posted: 3/31/2013 2:32:35 PM
I fussy cut on my cards all the time. Like so many have already said, a good pair of fine tip scissors and turning the paper is key. I would also add, don't try to cut it all in one go leaving a bunch of the excess paper hanging on behind you. Completely cut off more and more paper as you go.
I know I'm probably not describing it well so here's a Youtube video I did on fussy cutting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fur5vVSGmk&list=UU7eQOEOjkw5GsfvCnoyUoKQ&index=79

(sorry, not sure how to link)



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Posted: 3/31/2013 3:11:54 PM
I'm starting to do more 'fussy cutting' as well and appreciate all the great advice here - thank you!


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Posted: 3/31/2013 3:18:29 PM
If I'm cutting right along the image I ink the edges or go around it with my Copic fineline pen. It really cleans it up.


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Posted: 3/31/2013 5:11:23 PM

I hate fussy cutting. It's the sole reason I bought a Cameo.
AMEN! Even the name is ultra dorky. Fussy!? Really? How did that ever gain traction? Detail cutting. Call it detail cutting.



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Posted: 3/31/2013 6:53:07 PM
The other thing too - cut the smaller pieces out first, like loops and triangles in the center of letters, small areas between leaves, around stems or flower buds, or serifs on letters also.


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