I was working on a project and wanted to use very specific colors. I found 2 of the colors in my WorldWin CutMates collection and 1 color in my WorldWin Smooth & Silky collection, but had to go dig up some paper I bought from a sewing and craft ‘box’ store for other colors.
Oh, the aggravation I suffered! The WorldWin papers cut so nicely with very clean edges. But the box store paper was giving me fits! I threw away piece after piece. I adjusted pressure and speed – again and again and again and again. I could improve it, but it was never going to look like WorldWin paper cuts!! I was getting about one good cut-out shape for every ten or twelve on the sheet. I tried to use scissors to trim off the extra and ended up changing the shape of the cut-out object. NOT ACCEPTABLE!
The problem is that soft, fibrous paper just doesn’t cut cleanly, even on some paper trimmers. There’s too much flexibility to fibers of the paper, and they tend to “move out of the way” of the blade. To get a clean cut, with very little hassle, we typically use a dense and crisp type of paper or card stock. WorldWin paper is perfect for this.
I needed to use these specific colors to match a project so I needed to find a solution for my “off-brand” papers. Okay, so I knew the problem was the fibrous nature of the paper and I thought, “Why not press it?”. If I could somehow compress the paper….I have an iron, I have a heat press – but those just didn’t seem like they would work. Then I realized I have the perfect tool in my arsenal – my KNK!
Using the KNK embossing tool, I “pressed” the lines before I cut them. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Yes, I am screaming with joy! I used the settings for embossing on the mat and embossed all of my cut lines before actually cutting them out. I was then able to get clean cuts on all twelve shapes on a sheet! Hoorah!
- Emboss settings
- f = 300, v = 450
- Cut Settings
- f = 42, v = 125
I hope this tip helps you to reduce frustration and use up your box store card stock. Happy Cutting!