and she goes on to sing: …and every task you undertake, you’ll find a piece of cake. A lark, a spree, its very clear to see that a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down… in the most delightful way.
Well, what was a simple task, cutting out the above phrase for an elementary school administrator was NOT a piece of cake. Never mind, I kept chanting the mantra as I waded through many different pieces of paper before I finally got the final script layer in white cut out. This is a lesson about paper types.
The shadow letters were easy, simple shapes cut from the poster board at the dollar store (2/$1 no less). But poster board, regular paper, and card stock all bit the dust when it came to cutting out that fine script. I know, I should have made life easy and used vinyl. But I didn’t have any, and I hate rushing off to a craft store and paying nutty prices for it. So back to the stash I went. The issue was that the fine width of the cut pieces would break when weeded. Vinyl would have eliminated this by using X-fer tape. What I needed was a paper that was thick enough to hold the shape, but strong too. I found it with heavy weight vellum. The crisp paper, with high cotton content cut cleanly and was strong. Even though some parts of the letters are 1/64th of an inch wide (yes, you read that right, about the width of a thread) it held.