Guide to Cutting Tight Spots  

1. To begin cutting, always cut the tight spots first. See how the notches at the neck, under arms and leg/ankle have been cut away and pulled up with the tip of the blade.

It is very important to use a good cutting mat for this project. Pulling against cardboard or other surface that doesn't contain silicone or nylon will result in a ratty edge.

Blade tools should always have a sharp fresh blade installed.

2. I cut the little 4 slits on the stand pieces before removing the pieces from the page.

To get a nice curve on the two stand's cross-pieces you may want to use detailing scissors.

Do not cut the 4 slits too far into the pieces, but you may need to make a very thin V-cut to make the stands work. As demonstrated in step 5's photo, the stand does work. Use tweezers to assemble the cross-pieces into the stand.


3. Here you see how it is wise to make short cuts starting at the dress and cut away from it. It is also advisable to press the blade through the paper rather than the normal pull the blade through the paper.

4. Here you can see how the last move after cutting all the notch type cuts is to cut the lateral flat cuts. Such as: the dress bottom edge, top edges of the tabs.

5. When cutting the hats, cut the slit for the head first.

6. Use the same cutting techniques on the hats as for the dresses. It may have been advisable for this piece to have used detailing scissors along the hat's bottom edge. It would have been a little smoother looking.

7. This is just another example of how a piece looks when cuts are done properly--from dress edge outward.

If you try to cut one long continuous line following the perimeter with either a blade or scissors, you will end up with a very wavy edge. The surface paint will chip off and the paper will fray and separate in layers. This all sounds more involved that it really is. I just wanted to cover every aspect and obstacle.


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