Make It Monday #212: Fussy Cutting Tips

Remember back in the day, when we didn't have dies for anything and everything?!  Back then, we had to fussy cut if we wanted something cut out!  This skill is a great one to have in your back pocket, for those instances when you don't have a die for a specific image or sentiment.  Check out Ashley's tips and give this classic technique a try!  Don't forget, there's a free Papertrey gift certificate up for grabs if you play along!





If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

–A new Make It Monday Challenge will go up every Monday morning at 9am EST.

–Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and fussy cutting.

–Please enter new projects only.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to our InLinkz list below.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.  

–You will have until 6am, Monday, May 25, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 

–One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday,  May 25, after 6am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!



–NOTE: We will not have a Make It Monday video next week, due to the Blog Hop.  Our next Make It Monday video will be posted on June 1.

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your projects!


Mim winner

Congratulations to Kristin Schoeffel on her big win!  Please send a note to customer service and let them know the email address you would like your gift certificate sent to!  And thanks to everyone who played along!

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Join the discussion 19 Comments

  • 1
    Oreet says:

    A great throwback technique! Also, are Make It Monday posts going to be bi-monthly from now on?

  • 2
    Sue says:

    Ashley, what are the stamp sets used to create your cards? Love what you created – so crisp, clean, and brimming with color!

  • 3
    DIANA LARSON says:

    I actually love fussy cutting, it is very relaxing, your tip was so helpful Asley, now my cuts are a bit more even. Have a great week

  • 4
    DIANA L. says:

    oops sorry Ashley I spelled your name wrong I meant Ashley- I guess I did not press down hard enough on the “H” I was not able to delete it

  • 5
    Susan from Colorado says:

    Thanks Ashely!! I’ve been free hand cutting for years and never thought of using a pencil first!! Love it!!

  • 6
    Karen B. says:

    Great tip, Ashley! Thank you!

  • 7
    Sarita says:

    Thank you for this tip! Will do more fussy cutting now!

  • 8
    Tammy Whitley says:

    Wow that’s amazing fussy cutting. I am terrible at fussy cutting and try not to do it because I am so horrible at it. BUT now that I have seen how you do it, I think I will give it another try!!!
    Thank you for a great tutorial!!!!

  • 9
    Holly Saveur says:

    Such a great idea..LOVe it!

  • 10
    Annette Harris says:

    Thanks for this. You made my day! I’ve been fussy cutting for a long time, and have gotten pretty good at it. I have NEVER thought of using a pencil to draw around first. Genius I am not – but you are!

  • 11
    Janet says:

    What Annette said. Geesh, sometimes I wonder about myself! There are so many complicated techniques around, expensive machines, addicting dies. Probably could afford a machine if every time I said “I wish I had a die for that,” I’d paid myself. Thank you Ashley.

  • 12
    Amy says:

    This was a great tip. I had never seen anything on Fussy cutting before. So this was very helpful !! Thanks.

  • 13
    Joan VanCourt says:

    Ashley, thanks for the great tip. I loved your video. Beautiful cards. Wow, I am really getting hooked on all these PTI stamps and dies. Hope to try this technique today.

  • 14
    Bonnie T. says:

    Beautiful cards, Ashley. Thanks for the fussy cutting tips. One question. I notice that you have your stamps and dies stored in some lovely plastic envelopes. May I ask what brand and size those are and where did you purchase/order them?

  • 15

    Make It Monday posts are shared every Monday with the exception of Mondays that fall within a release week or a Monday that coincides with the Blog Hop on the 25th. Just trying to spread the inspiration out a bit better rather than double posting! Hope that helps! 🙂

  • 16
    Bev says:

    Such a simple idea, but never once thought of doing it. Thank you, Ashley, for sharing this. Your cards are lovely. I always enjoy your videos and techniques.

  • 17
    Ohhh Snap says:

    I’ve always been a grab the scissors, hold my breath and start cutting fussy cutter lol. This will help a lot!

  • 18
    Gaylyn says:

    Ashley-this was a great (&pandora lr) tutorial! I just love that you used the pencil line, because I am spontaneous, I like to just go for it-but I often change my mind or add something in. Definitely doing this on my next card.
    Also-your voice/personality is just adorable and now that I’ve heRd it I think we would be friends if we ever met. ? thanks for your contributions to te always fabulous Papertrey team!

  • 19
    Gaylyn says:

    That was supposed to read (& adorable!)

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