Asked on Sep 9, 2020

How did you cut cardstock?

Kathy Gunter LawFlipturnLinda Sikut



I bought card stock and drew my own bats because every clip art site wanted my credit card. when I tried to cut with scissors the edges were ragged, not nice. then I tried boxcutter. not perfect.

10 answers
  • Peggy L Burnette
    Peggy L Burnette
    on Sep 9, 2020

    Hi Kathleen, hope this helps you get your cardstock cut better. Can you cut cardstock with scissors?

    Should just keep both scissors and a blade on hand and switch to your liking. I used a hobby knife for my first model and scissors for my second. I like how scissors require nothing but hands, but a hobby knife allows for cleaner cuts, while taking more time (but more time usually means a higher quality build anyway).Feb 28, 2008

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  • If your scissors weren't sharp enough, that would explain the ragged edges.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Sep 9, 2020

    Hello sharp scissors or an exacto knife might be recommended.

  • Janice
    on Sep 10, 2020

    Hi Kathleen, Sharp scissors should help solve the problem and a trick I learned long ago. Hold the scissors in your hand and cut by cutting the cardstock by moving the cardstock, not the sciissos. Also, you might use an x-acto knife and a self-healing mat.

    on Sep 10, 2020

    An exacto knife will give you the best results.

  • Chloe Crabtree
    Chloe Crabtree
    on Sep 10, 2020

    I use an exacto knife to cut cardstock cleanly.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Sep 10, 2020

    When I used to cut a lot of cardstock in art school, I had a special cardstock cutter. It was hand held and did a great job with a metal ruler. I'd check a local art store or Michaels.

  • Linda Sikut
    Linda Sikut
    on Sep 10, 2020

    Hi Kathleen,

    I agree with others that sharper scissors or an Exacto knife should work. I used to cut out a lot of shapes for my grandkiddo's and those are the tools that worked for me. I also made sure I went slow enough that I cut through with one stroke with the Exacto knife and/or was very careful to make sure the scissors were in the correct spot. Make sure the Exacto knife has a fresh, sharp blade. I hope that helps. Wishing you the best.

  • Flipturn
    on Sep 10, 2020

    The problem with exacto knives is that their blades are long, straight and flat, which do not easily follow curves that many designs have.

    I would recommend that you purchase a soft grip swivel cutter/swivel blade with a short handle. The swivel point/blade and the finger hold loop enable the cutter to follow the lines without stopping or lifting the cutting tool.

    Fiskars is a quality brand, examples below.

    • Flipturn
      on Sep 11, 2020

      I'll say, especially since customer service often no longer even exists at all these days!

      Maybe investing in a new tool will help you from going batty with your next project!

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Sep 10, 2020

    Exacto knife is the best thing I have found to cut this type item. When it begins to dull, snap off the current piece and you have a fresh blade waiting. Paper dulls cutting instruments so quickly.

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