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Tuesday
Jul162013

IN MY TOOLBOX / X-ACTO KNIFE & CUTTING MAT

Another must-have in my craft toolbox is an X-acto knife and self-healing cutting mat. I admit I used to be scared to use an X-acto knife because I know people who have sliced their fingers with this sharp tool, but I've learned to be extra cautious. Although I love my trusty Dahle papercutter to cut sheets of paper, if you need to cut anything with details then an X-acto knife will be your best friend. I use X-acto knives when the paper craft I am working on requires precise cuts, like making freezer paper stencils. Make sure to replace the blade at the first sign of dullness to prevent any accidents caused by pressing too hard on a dull X-acto knife blade. Self-healing cutting mats are a must if you use an X-acto knife or rotary cutter. The self-healing cutting mats help keep your cutting blades from becoming dull and they are also handy when precise measurements are needed since each mat contains measurements and gridlines on the surface. I find it handy to have a small cutting mat for paper crafts and a large cutting mat for sewing projects. 

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