8 Tips for better scissors technique with hard-to-cut designs

This tutorial is a guide for crafters who like to cut paper with the good old pair of scissors instead of a craft knife or a cutting machine. It might get a bit frustrating sometimes when you’re dealing with a delicate or intricate design, so here a few tips to enjoy crafting despite of those tricky corners.

By the way, has anyone told you detailed cutting is actually super relaxing? Decide for yourself, here are the tips:

TIP 1. Have two pairs of scissors on hand: one large pair for large and easy elements (mine are the kitchen scissors from IKEA and I’m super happy with them, just check in the shop for a pair that moves smoothly before tossing it in your cart) and one small pair of scissors for the details (discover our favorite tools & materials here).

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TIP 2. Always cut each item separately. The less paper that gets in your way, the better. This seems like kicking in an open door, but it definitely makes your cutting life easier.

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TIP 3. This is a general tip: If the paper wants to bend, let it bend. Don’t counteract, otherwise the paper will crease. Bending is okay, creasing isn’t.

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TIP 4.  When you start to cut the edges, first cut the straight lines from the outside inwards. These are the easiest.

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TIP 5. After cutting the straight lines, cut the curved lines.

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TIP 6. While cutting curved lines, move the paper with your non-cutting hand. This is easier than moving your scissors.

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TIP 7. Cut in the direction where you have the least amount of paper hindering on the back of your cutting hand. Uhm what?

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TIP 8. Always follow tip no. 7 unless a small corner gets jeopardized being crushed, then it’s better to start cutting the other way. The sketch is for crafters who like to cut right handed. These are the hardest pieces to cut. Take your time, you’ll be glad afterwards.

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If you would like to practice, the Halloween Label design used in this tutorial is available for free if you sign up for our FreeFLOW (yes, it’s free).

It’s a digital file so you can start at once. You’ll also get a lot more free designs to satisfy your crafting needs instantly. Enjoy!

Lots of love,

Tinne

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