Hi everyone and welcome to another addition of Tool Talk. Today I have another amazing and talented artist that has graciously agreed to speak with us about her favorite tool. She really needs no introduction; she's a crafting wonder woman...Design team member at DeNami Design, CAS-Fridays and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps :)Whew, where does she get the time?!?!?
Hello hello DeNami fans! It's Dana here from Kismet Art and Life.
This “Tool Talk” feature is a great way to be introduced to a product that you might not know about. I cannot wait to share my love for a favorite tool with you today, so let's get right to it:)
Wanna know a secret? Until 7 years ago, I exclusively cut all my cardstock and paper with an exacto craft knife and a metal ruler. Seriously. I am the least OCD person you will ever meet except for when it comes to grammar and straight edges. * Chuckle * And then, oh dear, watch out! If things aren't perfect I fix them until they are.
No paper trimmer ever met my standards for a perfect 90 degree angle or smooth edge until I discovered Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmers. * Swoon * Just so you know, I have 4 FOUR other paper cutters from top brands ranging from not cheap to more than I want to admit paying and none of them met my requirements. None.
I now own 3 Tonic Studios trimmers and I could NOT craft without them! A large 12 x 12 model that I use for cutting all my card bases with, a medium (and most often used) size of 8 ½ x ~5, and a smaller one that is 6 x 4.
|6 X 4|
|8.5 X 5|
|12 X 12|
These babies NEVER need sharpening or blade replacements. My two larger sized ones have been in use for 7 years now and still cut like butter as if they were fresh out of the package. No jagged or rough edges, a clean, perfectly aligned cut every time. Every. Time.
That is really important to me:)
- Easily portable (minus the 12 x 12 even though I do take it to crops) and lightweight.
- Blade never needs sharpening
- Perfect crisp, clean, straight edges on your cuts.
- Measuring grid/ruler right on the trimmer for ease of repeat cuts.
- SAFE. Because the blade isn't a “knife” blade, little fingers won't be sliced open if the kiddos get a hold of it.
- Cuts through several sheets of cardstock at a time with no additional effort.
Tips for using guillotine trimmers:
- Be sure to press down firmly on the two transparent (orange on newer models I think?) paper holder tabs on the base. It's become second nature for me, but I recall forgetting a few times when I first purchased them and my cardstock would slide and I wouldn't get a perfect cut.
- Bring the cutting arm all the way up to it's highest position before slicing downwards.
- Make sure your table surface is solid and stable. i.e. Don't cut on a stack of wobbly magazines piled on your work area...ask me how I know this :(
I found a great price for the 8 ½ inch trimmer just for you DeNami Addict readers, and they are offering FREE SHIPPING right now! Only $14.04!!
Thanks for sticking around while I talked up my favorite crafting tools! Let me know what your experiences are with Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmers.