I posted these cards today and got rave reviews and demands to know how it was done! Your wish is my command! Well, not really, but in this case I was happy to oblige, because I wanted to see if I could come up with a more economical way to cut the Designer Series Paper anyway, and now we'll all have it safely in the SOMHS archives, or on Pinterest, or wherever you like to save ideas for a low-mojo kind of day. So without further ado--the Slanted Newsprint Technique Cutting Guide!
Don't be freaked out by the number of pictures in this tutorial. I just wanted to make doubly sure you didn't have any questions by the end. Questions cause hold ups, and hold ups eat up your precious crafting time--so not cool!
To begin, you'll need a Stampin' Trimmer or other paper cutter; and newsprint-patterned paper such as the new Typeset specialty papers from Stampin' Up. Feel free to copy my finished cards on the other post if you'd like; there's an exhaustive supply list as well so you can see the colors and stamp set I used, too.
Insert your pristine sheet of 12x12 newsprint-patterned paper into the cutter with the top right corner in the track of the blade, and the lower right hand corner slid all the way out to the very edge of the trimmer.
TIP: you may have noticed my Trimmer blades have a little C and S marked on them with a Sharpie--that stands for Cutting and Scoring. That's to help my customers (and me!) know at a glance which blade to use. Cuts down on lots of mistakes!
Once you have your paper lined up at that angle, with the top corner in the grove and the lower corner pulled out to the edge, go ahead and slice it. I know, I know--I always hesitate, too! But IT'S ONLY PAPER!! IT WILL BE OK!!
Now, that edge that you just cut is your only "square" angle right now, so that's the side we want butted up against the top guide next. Turn your paper 90 degrees LEFT and place on the cutter the same way we did before, with the top right corner in the blade's groove at the top. The lower right corner will naturally stick out, as shown below.
Chop that sucker off! YOU CAN DO IT!
Whew! We made it. (giggle)
Now you have two correct angles, so you'll be turning the paper 90 degrees LEFT once again to butt the newest flat edge up against the guide at the top of the cutter. If your upper right corner is once again in the groove of the blade, and the lower right corner is once again slanted out towards the edge of the trimmer as shown, you're good to go. CHOP CHOP!
Continue turning the paper 90 degrees to the LEFT one more time, lining up the corners and slicing. When all four edges are cut, you should wind up with an almost-perfectly-square piece of diagonally slanted newsprint that measures about ten by ten and a half inches. Plenty to get at least four full-sized cardfront pieces or smaller rectangles and squares plus leftover pieces.
So there we have it! Punch some shapes from the four little leftover strips, or use them on a funky scrapbook page, and you can do this cute, simple technique with zero guilt about the "wasted" paper.
Now that my gears are turning, I'm thinking I might try this with musical note-patterned paper, map-themed patterns, or even stripes that are diagonal that I wished were vertical. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship!
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