How to Use Paper Shapers & Scissors on Corners

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How to Use Paper Shapers & Scissors on Corners
Paper shapers are easy to use and make plain paper corners fabulous. (paper image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

Scissors used to be simply straight, double-bladed, hand-operated cutting instruments. As paper crafting has developed, however, scissors have become more ornate and are actually a decorating tool in their own right. Similarly, paper shapers are fancy hole punches. Instead of punching a round hole in paper, paper shapers punch intricate shapes, ranging from butterflies to fleur-de-lis. Special paper shapers can be used to round or otherwise dress up square paper corners, for a decorative accent.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

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    Cut corners with plain scissors to quickly and cheaply (although often unevenly) round or otherwise decorate paper corners. If you can, without ruining your paper with creases, try gently folding the paper so the corners line up: this will allow you to cut through two or four corners at the same time, ensuring symmetry and evenness on each corner. Plain scissors, despite their basic nature, can be the most difficult to use when decorating corner, requiring a steady hand and a good eye for symmetry and angles.

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    Use fancy scissors on corners to add a pattern to the edge of paper. (They can also be used around the entire edge of the piece of paper.) Carefully align the edge of the scissors with the corner. You may want to snip off the edges of a piece of paper using a scalloped pair of decorative scissors; again, when you take this route, you may want to first fold the paper in half or in fourths, to ensure you clip each corner in the came amount and the same angle. Cut with the scissors just as you would with normal scissors.

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    Use paper shapers by positioning the shaper on the corner of the piece of paper. The paper slides into a groove in the paper shaper, which is usually small and handheld; simply push down on the button on top to punch out the decorative shape. When cutting out shapes, if you will be punching multiple corners, make sure the shape is in the same position and at the same angle in each, to avoid an asymmetrical look. (Again, it may be helpful to fold the paper and punch all corners at one time.)

    Using a paper shaper specifically designed for corners is even easier, as the shaper will perfectly align with the corner of the paper. Slide the piece of paper all the way into the groove, and push down on the button to punch.

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