Cutting curves with a CD
e-Articles - How To (Public)
Sunday, 14 March 2010 05:49

Corner-rounders are used to round the corners of cardstock and patterned paper – but only offers smaller curves. Now you can quickly and easily round your paper corners using a CD. Try this option on your next project for a different look.

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Recycled Compact Discs

For a fresh and new look on your projects opt to cut large rounded corners. CDs are not the only thing you can use but is the easiest. Recycle old CDs and use them in your craft room as a tool for cutting circles and rounding corners.

What you will need
  • CD
  • Cardstock or patterned paper
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
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Step 1
Cut your cardstock to the right size you want to use. It is quite important to pre-cut your paper or cardstock to the size you want it to be up front. Because of the larger corners that will be rounder you won't be able to trim it down later on.
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Step 2
Place the cardstock onto your cutting mat and place the CD on the corner you want to round. Line the CD up with the corner and the two straight edges to avoid cutting into the long sides of the cardstock. The CD rounding shouldn't run into the cardstock piece but rather end into the straight edges.
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Step 3
Hold the CD really tight with your non-cutting hand while you use a craft knife to cut around the edge. Use a slow cutting motion to avoid your craft knife slipping and cutting into the CD. Rather cut through the cardstock a few times instead of trying to cut through on the first go. A few shallow cuts works a lot easier than one single deeper cut.

Step 1
Cut your cardstock to the right size you want to use. It is quite important to pre-cut your paper or cardstock to the size you want it to be up front. Because of the larger corners that will be rounder you won't be able to trim it down later on.

Step 2
Place the cardstock onto your cutting mat and place the CD on the corner you want to round. Line the CD up with the corner and the two straight edges to avoid cutting into the long sides of the cardstock. The CD rounding shouldn't run into the cardstock piece but rather end into the straight edges.

Step 3
Hold the CD really tight with your non-cutting hand while you use a craft knife to cut around the edge. Use a slow cutting motion to avoid your craft knife slipping and cutting into the CD. Rather cut through the cardstock a few times instead of trying to cut through on the first go. A few shallow cuts works a lot easier than one single deeper cut.

Tips & Tricks
  • Do not use a CD that you still want to use for its intended purpouse afterwards.
  • Make sure that your blade is sharp for a nice clean cut.
  • Be careful not to let the CD or craft knife slip. You only have ten fingers.
  • Always remember to cut towards yourself instead of away from your body. You have a lot more control over your craft knife that way.
  • Alternatively you can draw a pencil line along the CD edge and then cut along the line with your scissors afterwards.