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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2010 09:23:23 AM »

Congrats on being in the HOT PROJECTS! I showed these to my mom last night. I especially like the way you shared the text meanings. I have to make a few cards for next week, and this gave me some inspiration!

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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2010 04:20:23 PM »

Utterly magnificent!  Do you use a scalpel or a razer?

I used an x-acto knife, though I'm not too happy with it - I used to use a swann-morton scalpel, and I don't remember the blades wearing out as quickly as they do with this x-acto knife. It's the only kind of blade I can get here in Israel, but I'm looking for an alternative, because I get through blades like water - the metal seems to be quite soft, it blunts quickly and another problem I keep having is the very tip of the blade keeps actually snapping off when I do tight curves. Each of these cards used about 3 blades, which is ridiculous! They're so expensive here (35 shekels for 11, which is about $11 - a dollar a blade!), it's unsustainable. I can't afford to keep going through this many. When I lived in the UK, I got my scalpel blades much cheaper, and they seemed tougher, though maybe that's my nostalgia. The only drawback was that the shape of the scalpel handle made cutting quite painful. For financial reasons, I may have to get some swann-morton blades sent over from the UK though Sad

If anyone here has any advice about prolonging blade life, or more hard-wearing brands, I'd be really grateful!
Can you order online for any less? What about changing the cutting surface? Are you cutting on a cutting board or something that would dull the blades possibly?

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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2010 11:41:42 PM »

omg, your cards are stunning!

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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2010 12:16:29 AM »

Can you order online for any less? What about changing the cutting surface? Are you cutting on a cutting board or something that would dull the blades possibly?

Ordering online is a good idea, thanks!  Though the postage cost to Israel is often so high that it works out no cheaper Sad Maybe I'll get a friend with better Hebrew to help me brave Israeli websites. I've actually asked my brother to send me over some swann-mortons from the UK, so we'll see how that goes. If I do order online, I want to get a different brand because the metal of the xacto blades seems pretty poor quality.

I use a self-healing cutting board because if you cut on card or whatever, it dulls the blades immediately. The problem usually arises when I'm doing a tight curve - the tip catches and snaps off. I worry it might be more to do with my technique, as well, but I don't know how to do it differently, and don't know a more successful papercutter to ask Sad

« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2010 12:22:32 AM »

The dredel ones are my favourite, too.

I'm sure these will be treasured. I don't really care for mass produced generic holiday greetings, but I would love to receive something like this.

Well, I'd love to gift them as well - but I can't manage not to mess up papercutting.
« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2010 05:34:59 AM »

Those are so awesome!

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« Reply #26 on: November 29, 2010 08:00:01 AM »

Those are incredible, I can't imagine the time and patience required to make sure beautiful cards.

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« Reply #27 on: November 29, 2010 05:22:06 PM »

i'll just echo everyone else and say your cards are astonishing! I'd be happy to send you blades in exchange for art Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2010 08:29:23 PM »

These are absolutely beautiful!
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« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2010 07:55:29 AM »

Absolutely stunning! This made me rethink my card scheme for the year, I may do blue/white papercutting snowflakes for my Christmas cards.


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