Cutting: machine versus handcut?!

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Posted 5/9/2013 by Janna_Werner in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 5/9/2013 5:18:07 PM
Hello fellow peas!
I own a Silhouette Cameo, a Big Shot, punches and tons of scissors - although I love the Silhouette, I am using the BS, punches and scissors most of the time.
I guess I am too lazy and a bit old-fashioned to use the Silhouette although there are soooo many gorgeous designs available (if you love cutting files, you should definitely check out the new 2Peas digital store).
What about you?
What is your favorite way of cutting things and why?


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Posted: 5/9/2013 6:39:19 PM
My favorite is paper punches for ease of use and quickness.

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Posted: 5/9/2013 7:06:10 PM
I see those as 2 totally different things. I hand cut some things and use the SIL for others. The things I use the SIL for are either things I need multiples of and need consistency or things that are WAY to intricate to cut by hand...certain arrows, titles...MANY other things.

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Posted: 5/9/2013 7:28:03 PM
I love using my Cricut (with SCAL), still use my border punches, and even enjoy the occasional fussy cutting. It's all good.

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Posted: 5/9/2013 8:06:20 PM
I have a silhouette but haven't been able to use it yet due to computer problems.
I love hand cutting but I look forward to using my silhouette for intricate cuts that are just too time consuming

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Posted: 5/9/2013 9:40:40 PM
I have a Cricut E, a Bigshot (with lots of dies) and lots of punches. Of the 3, the E gathers the most dust

I think they are all great to use depending on what I am making.

I love the thick steel dies in the Big shot when I am cutting chipboard. I love that I can add my paper to the chipboard then cut the image. You get beautiful edges in a snap!

I have lots of thin dies for alphas and shapes, and many punches for quick shapes and borders.

What I use always depends on what I am making. I would like to trade my E for a silhouette some day. I have seen so many cute cut files. My carts are a pain to search for the image I want. I have used "my cut search", but then I would still need a computer.

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Posted: 5/10/2013 6:25:06 AM
I use an electronic cutter most of the time, a manual die-cutter a little bit of the time, and once in awhile, I will use my scissors to fussy cut something.

I just love the clean exactness of the electronic cutter. I am good with scissors. Really good. But even so, I can't get the same exactness with scissors that I can with the electronic cutter. Not to mention, depending on what I am cutting, it can take longer by hand.

I do find that if my cutter is not set up for some reason, then I am more likely to fall back on using a manual die cutter or my scissors. I try to keep my electronic cutter set up, but it's not always possible.

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Posted: 5/10/2013 10:11:19 AM
I hate hand cutting! It's the main reason I invested in a Cricut year ago and have since upgraded to a Cameo. I also have a Big Shot and use it and my Cameo all the time. I do have one of those shoe bags that hangs over the back of the door filled with punches, but I rarely used them. The odd time, but most of the time I totally forget I've even got them!

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