How To: Fussy Cutting Sentiments & Images

How To: Fussy Cutting Sentiments & Images

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When you don’t have dies, or an e-cutter, but you want a cut-out image, it’s time to pick up your paper snips and fussy cut. It may not be your favorite, but if you have a plan going into it, you are more likely to have success, and maybe not mind it so much!

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supplies for fussy cutting sentiments & images

You don’t need much to achieve great results. In fact, you don’t need anything special! Of course, if you need to do some shopping, I always have supplies linked below and at the end of the post. But, before you shop, be sure to check out my Crafty Sales page for any deals you can take advantage of at your favorite crafting haunts.

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steps to fussy cutting sentiments & images

  1. Stamp desired images and sentiments.
  2. Draw a light pencil line around the image or sentiment, keeping the line an even distance from the edge of the image.
  3. Or, cut right along the outside of the stamped line.
  4. Make sure paper snips are sharp and clean from any adhesive or other material. Use the adhesive eraser to remove any gunk.
  5. When cutting, only move the paper, not the snips.
  6. Move deliberately, keeping the paper cutting in the throat of the snips, not at the end of the snips.
  7. Erase any stray pencil marks. Or, if cut against the inked line, use a coordinating marker to color the edges to hide imperfections.


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1 thought on “How To: Fussy Cutting Sentiments & Images”

  1. I have never seen a video showing how to fussy cut (which I actually HATE doing), but this video is so informative and well done. I will still avoid it, but when there is no other choice, I can do it with more knowledge of how to do it, thanks to your video. Thank you so much……..


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