How many times have you reached for a pair of scissors to cut a piece of ribbon or card-stock to find the ribbon and card stock catching on the blades of the scissors making that pretty little ribbon tail a mess? Or maybe you tried to cut an intricate area of paper or card-stock with a pair of that were just too big? Scissors are hand operated cutting instruments and using the right size matters. Using the right scissors for the task at hand will make your paper-crafting, sewing project or three dimensional projects have great results. Well, here are a few scissors tips to get that clean-cut look and the best results when choosing craft scissors for your next project.
Scissors consist of a pair of metal blades, or tangs and are connected in a way, which allows the sharpened edges to slide against each other. The earliest pair of known were invented in 1500 BC in ancient Egypt. These were spring scissors, made of two bronze blades. The blades were melted or soldered onto handles made from a thin curved piece of bronze. This curve brought the blades together when squeezed. The modern day scissors evolved from these
A few scissors tips, no pun intended, are pretty simple ones.
1. Get the right size scissors for the task at hand. The longer the blade, the straighter and faster you can cut. For example have a 3-3/4″ blade length which makes cutting large areas a breeze. While these Stampin’ Up! Craft and Paper Scissors #108360 are multi-purpose, in that they can cut both ribbon, fabric and card stock cleanly, these would not be good for intricate detail cutting. These scissors are good for a rough draft cut. A rough draft cut is one where you cut around the detailed image to be cut before you do your detail cutting. These are also good for larger images you need to cut. The handle on the Craft and Paper Scissors are ergonomic, which means they are safe, efficient and comfortable preventing hand fatigue. By the way these are also great for ribbon!
2. Detail cuts are harder to do with longer bladed scissors. Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips #103579 are just like their name suggest. They are perfect for snipping little bits of paper and card-stock Because of their thin, small and 2-1/2″ pointed blades the Paper Snips can cut even the tiniest of areas.
3. To cut tiny details using the Paper Snips hold your paper or card stock with one hands. This is your feeding hand. This hand feeds the paper into the scissors blades. Your other hand holds the scissors and cuts. Just keep turning the paper with your feeding hand as you follow the image outline. Cut slowly using short cuts with the paper close to where the blades connect.
4. To cut your rubber stamps, wire, chip-board sheets and twine you need a sharp and short bladed scissors. Stampin’ Up! Craft and Rubber Scissors #103179 blades are 1-3/4″ and are great for cutting close on your rubber stamps. After cutting your rubber stamps you might find adhesive stuck on the scissors blades. If this happens you
can use a baby wipe or an alcohol swap to clean the blades. Make sure you let the blades air dry before putting them away.
5. To protect your scissors blades always close your scissors when not in use. When possible store them in a protective sleeve. Remember paper and card-stock can dull scissors so have at least two pairs of scissors. One for paper and one for ribbon. Clearly mark them. You can tie a ribbon around the handle of the ribbon scissors for easy identification. Try not to drop your scissors as this can break or knock them out of alignment. Some scissors are what they call, “Double Thumb” which are for both right and left handed crafters. Oh, by the way scissors is always plural!
So, treat yourself to a great pair of scissors or two because you always want to use the best possible and correct scissors when working on your paper and crafting projects. And, remember what your mother always told you, “Never run with scissors in your hands.”