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How to Cut your Paper
You will find a video on Paper Cutting Basics and Understanding Cling and Photopolymer Stamps. I hope you find them helpful.
How to cut your Card Bases:
The video below will show you how to cut card bases in the basic layout of the cards above as well as the layout pictured beneath the video.
1. Start with a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock.
2. With the 8 1/2″ side along the top of your paper trimmer, score it at 4 1/4″.
3. Rotate the card stock 90° and cut at 5 1/2″.
4. Fold so the “mountain” is in the middle and burnish with your bone folder.
These (below) cards are cut in the second layout that I demonstrated in the video.
For these cards you:
1. Place the card stock in your trimmer with the 11″ side across the top.
2. Score the paper at 5 1/2″
3. Turn 90° so the 8 1/2″ side is across the top and cut at 4 1/4″
4. Fold the card stock so “mountain” is in the middle.
For both card layouts, I typically make the card front layer 5 1/4″ x 4″. This is the same size as the white paper I put in the inside to write your message on. *** Remember, if you are going to stamp on the piece going on the inside of your card, do that before you glue it in place….Just in case you need to stamp it a second time.***
Usually, my layers get 1/4″ smaller in both length and width. Occasionally, I will do a solid color mat just 1/8″ bigger (in both length and width) behind a patterned piece of paper.
I hope these instructions and video help you to confidently cut your card stock and begin to make cards. Remember, it’s only paper and we have all mis-cut before! Give it a try.
Understanding Cling and PhotoPolymer Stamps
The following video will show you how to put the “cling” labels on your red rubber stamps, how to put stamps on your acrylic blocks, how to ink a stamp and how to clean it. It also demonstrates how to open the “newer” style of ink pads. I think you will find it helpful.