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A total novice at paper cutting - please can you recommend a great craft knife for cutting out small, detailed items 😊

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AdmiralSnackbar Fri 12-Aug-16 12:07:28

Just that really 😊
I've bought a set of absolutely gorgeous paper dolls that you cut out and then fix their joints together with little brass pins. I plan to put them in some white box frames and display their gorgeousness to good effect.

But...they are quite small (on a piece of A4 card per doll) and very detailed - my plan for using my trusty Stanley knife is just not going to cut it (bad pun, sorry 😁)

So, can anyone recommend a great craft knife for this kind of thing and possibly a mat, please? The choice on Amazon is huge and confusing, so I'd rather ask you all before committing to a choice.

They are sooo lovely that I just don't want to risk wrecking them!

Thanks in advance 😊

AdmiralSnackbar Sat 13-Aug-16 15:55:15

A hopeful bump ☺

thesandwich Sat 13-Aug-16 21:57:09

Dd says all self healing mats of £5 ish for a3 and x-acto knives or blades or surgical scalpels from Amazon! Hth. Blade and handle approx£10.

AdmiralSnackbar Sun 14-Aug-16 12:51:59

Thanks thesandwich! And to your DD, too ☺

VimFuego101 Sun 14-Aug-16 13:00:30

Xacto seems to be a popular one. There's a good group on FB called 'Papercutting and paper craft, Trainee-Expert'.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 14-Aug-16 13:02:46

Surgical scalpel and change blade regularly. It's what graphic designers used in the days when cut and paste meant just that.

thesandwich Sun 14-Aug-16 14:21:08

Our pleasure! Enjoy!

AdmiralSnackbar Mon 15-Aug-16 18:43:37

Thank you Vim and Shotgun ☺I shall have a look at that Facebook group now...fingers crossed I don't mess it up!

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Mon 15-Aug-16 21:12:30

Maybe try photocopying them first so you can practise.

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