ETA: Unfortunately we no longer carry the Create-a-Cut and I do not know where it is that you might find it. Thank you so much for your interest.
When reviewing a product there is always the question - "Where do I begin?" So I decided I'd begin with what I first did when using this cutter.
BIG OOPS! Always read the directions before you start or you'll get this:
Being that it is a guillotine cutter one gets in a bad habit of pulling the handle towards the board or other blade - needless to say you can NOT do this with this cutter. Being that the blades are made to fit together precisely by moving the handle straight up and down you can not "torque" on the handle or you will ruin your project and perhaps the blade in the long run.
So when you receive your cutter it is best to read through the information that is in enclosed. I learned VERY quickly that a very light touch is needed to get wonderful cuts. I will not tell you that it has all been perfection since that point - if I don't pay attention to what it is that I'm doing I'll end up with a mess again, but if I work consistently I can assure you that I have been receiving the most beautiful, precise cuts.
When you first install the blades you need to raise and lower the blade carefully to make certain it is completely aligned. It is best to start practicing on text weight paper. This allows you to cut super easily and learn the motion that works the best. I would like to suggest that you not hold the end of the handle - this gives you the tendency to use the blades incorrectly. I have developed the habit of holding the handle on the side where it curves down and my cuts are coming out clean and perfect. Just be certain that you keep your fingers on the top of the handle and NOT under it!
As you practice try different types of paper. As I said text weight papers cut beautifully, Memory Box papers cut beautifully, most regular scrapbook papers cut fantastic. The only paper I have had trouble with is several of the Stampin' Up! cardstock sheets - not all packages, just some. It appears that the fibrous texture of this paper makes cutting a little more tricky. You can see though in under the Classic blade section below that it does cut the Stampin' Up! cardstock great as well - it is the red that is shown in the picture. It just took me more practice with the Stampin' Up! papers than it did with the others.
Following are some examples of what I have been able to accomplish with the different blades. These are all examples of strips of paper I just cut in a hurry and then started playing around with piecing them together. The combinations are limitless and I hope to share more as time allows.
- scalloped edge on both sides, different widths - layer different patterns on top of one another
- scalloped edge only on one side
- punch holes, weave ribbon, paper pierce
- scalloped edge on both sides, slightly offset to make rope
- group different colored pieces together to create a border
- use two piece to create a negative space, then in between put words, or string ribbon, or...
- same thing all over again only different lines
- use your Scor-it to add decorative details to your "Flourishes
- add accents such as brads, flowers, sequins, sewing, stamping on the face of your "paper flourishes" (see examples in earlier posts)
Small Wave Blade
I LOVE the look of ric rac that this blade provides!
- stamp a linen texture on your paper before cutting and it will look like real ric rac
- layer with it
- edge with it
- can you see how small of strips one can cut with this cutter - woohoo - I love little details!
I think that I'm scrolling and scrolling and scrolling so I'm going to break here and move to another post to show you how I use it. See you again soon Ü