Top Cardmaking Tools Basics
But your options for creating cards do not end with just a simple paper cutter. There are many other paper cutting tools and well as folding and scoring tools to consider adding to your arsenal of paper crafting tools.
Sliding Blade Paper Trimmers - I prefer to use this type of paper trimmer, but mainly because of ease of use. The blade on this type of paper cutter is on a track so all you have to do to cut your papers is slide the blade back and forth. Many even come with scoring attachments for a 2 in 1 paper crafting tool. But beware. There are many, many of these type of cutters on the market. Some are made very cheaply. Even those that are cheap can still be quite useful, but do not generally fare well with cutting a lot of super heavy weight papers. For general and lighter weight use they are perfect.
However, if you are careful you can find a great sliding blade trimmer that will be made to withstand not only heavy paper, but multiple sheets, and still have all the bells and whistles such as scoring attachments and folding rulers and such. My personal cutter even has removable blades so I can cut decorative edges just by switching blades. Genius!
Rotary Cutters - A rotary cutting knife is best used for free cutting on a template. I recommend them for cutting shapes or rounded edges, such as the petal fold invitation template for an example here on this site.
Paper scoring tools - The best is when you can find a good paper cutter that just happens to have a scoring tool, but when that is not a possibility, you may need to purchase some scoring tools and supplies. Scoring is basically just making a smooth indented line in the paper exactly where you intend to fold it. The indented line forces the paper to fold perfectly and neatly in just the right spot. Without it you will be looking at a wrinkled mess.
A Good scoring tool will include some kind of pen like tool with a pointing end to make an indent into the paper. Also included should be some sort of scoring mat. This will have several indentations in the mat that pretty much look like long lines going up and down the mat. Some may even have wavy or decorative edges. For basic paper folding all you really need is a nice straight line.
Bone Folder - I love the bone folder! It is relatively inexpensive and perfect for most paper cutting, and even great for heavy cardstock. The bone folder seems to be a mystery to many people and for whatever reason there is much speculation on the different ways to use it. It is quite simple really. You simply figure out where you would like to place the fold on your paper, either use a cutting mat (for it's grid complete with ruler guides) or simply mark the paper where it needs to be folded. Then line a ruler up against where you would like to place the fold and simply run the bone folder down the page using the pointy shark tooth like tip at the end.
If I can't make it to the local craft store, I really like to shop online for tools and supplies at Scrapbook Superstore. They have a really good selection of paper trimmers and cutters.
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