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« on: June 09, 2007 05:27:25 AM »

I have this real problem with cutting a straight line. I can be using a rotary cutter with a straight edge, and it still comes out wonky. This is not such a tragedy with sewing, since I can sew in a straight line, and then it doesn't matter if the raw edge is a varying thickness. But it does kind of matter in papercrafts.

This messed me up when I first started doing ATCs. Then I measured an UNO card. And an idea was born.

Does anyone else use UNO cards as their bases for ATCs? Or is this considered cheating?

(It really doesn't matter if it is. I am still going to keep doing it.)
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2007 07:22:52 AM »

You can use whatever you want for the base, as long as its the right size.

As for cutting straight, try something like a Cutterpede type paper trimmer. It has a straight edge that forms a 90 degree angle to butt the paper against while your cutting it.

Other than that, take it really slowly. That might help.
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2007 08:54:43 AM »

I don't understand it either, I have one of those paper cutters that amaryllisroze mentioned and sometimes with these small cards mine still come out crooked... there was a tip on the technique board to cut the paper bigger than your base (I do a half inch each way so I have 1/4" on each side) and you can fold it over and it doesn't matter then Smiley There was a diagram of how to cut it but I kinda figured it out on my own anyway Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2007 10:27:02 PM »

My paper trimmer does the same as JaneD's sometimes so I'm now using playing cards. I decorate larger then trim the edges of the cards.
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007 05:32:36 PM »

Its not cheating to use cards. I think thats how it started anyway and I always use playing cards. I wouldn't worry about it being perfectly straight because this is art right. Because this is art and it doesn't have to be perfect.
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2007 07:01:27 PM »

I do it, too. I don't remember the last time I made an ATC without using a playing card as a base. If I ever have, it was probably when I first started making them (not that it was too long ago)...

Perhaps it's cheating, but at least we get perfectly shaped cards, huh?  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2007 08:45:34 PM »

Cheating?  Uh, I don't think so.

All's fair in love and ATCing  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2007 09:48:50 PM »

Cheating? Umm.. I wouldn't think so.
I have the same problem, if you're really concerned about it I'd get a paper cutter. Mine's done wonders with me an my paper cutting straight-ness  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2007 09:59:13 PM »

I don't understand it either, I have one of those paper cutters that amaryllisroze mentioned and sometimes with these small cards mine still come out crooked...

These paper cutters usually have plastic rails that the cutting blade runs along.  If you apply pressure even the lightest bit side ways  the rails will bend and the cut will be  crooked.

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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2007 06:41:52 AM »

I had probs cutting straight too; until I made a template with an atc card that I didn't particularly like.......so now I have MY template atc and i draw on the new one with pencil and carefully cut. It's not a cure......i would think paper cutters would do the trick! good luck!
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