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« on: September 08, 2011 05:53:32 PM »

Okay, so I've been trying to cut out a freezer paper stencil but the paper keeps getting bunched up and ripping or ripping two cut spots together. I don't know what I'm doing wrong and I really want to make a stencil. Any help is appreciated! Thank you for reading Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011 06:00:13 PM »

I haven't done much with freezer paper, but oh, do I love my X-Actos! Make sure your X-Acto is sharp, sharp, sharp. Like, new sharp. Also, gentle tension on the paper in areas that may be tugging. Just be very careful of your fingers. And take your time is the other thing, don't try to rush it too much.

I know that's not much, but I hope it helps!
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011 06:07:02 PM »

I haven't done much with freezer paper, but oh, do I love my X-Actos! Make sure your X-Acto is sharp, sharp, sharp. Like, new sharp. Also, gentle tension on the paper in areas that may be tugging. Just be very careful of your fingers. And take your time is the other thing, don't try to rush it too much.

I know that's not much, but I hope it helps!

Thank you so much! My knife is sortof old and not sharp anymore, I'll see about sharpening it/getting a new one if needed Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011 06:31:04 PM »

Thank you so much! My knife is sortof old and not sharp anymore, I'll see about sharpening it/getting a new one if needed Smiley

Honestly, I would just go get new ones, they're so cheap it's insane! Yea, I'm usually cutting things like foamcore & bristol board for models, so a dull X-Acto is like my kryptonite.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2011 03:00:23 PM »

I always buy the nice big bulk packs - the blades come in a dispenser that you can use to dispose safely of blades too.

http://www.staples.com/X-Acto-Knife-Blade-Dispenser-11-Blades-15-Pack/product_428300

Also, are you using a cutting mat underneath - that saves some wear and tear on your blades.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011 11:30:44 PM »

Paper dulls blades faster than anything.  Smiley

I use the following saying when it comes to utility blades at work (I do flooring- carpet, rolled vinyl, vinyl tile etc) as well as my crafting stuff:
"When in doubt- throw it out!"

It's always amazing how much better a brand new blade slices through whatever you are trying to cut.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012 04:21:42 PM »

For smaller cuts, I do short, quick cuts - I kinda jerk my wrist as I'm cutting and I get pretty good cuts. I do agree with having a sharp blade.
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