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EK Success Curvy Cutter

Reported by Julia Stainton

I just love my new circle cutter. I’ve been wanting to post this review & tutorial since I first bought it but time has been in short supply. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with it…from the first perfect cut with it…I’ve been so enthralled. The EK Success Curvy Cutter Circle Template is so slick and easy to use and I’m so impressed with its abilities. I’ve always loved circles and they are so hot and trendy right now in design. Usually I’d tend to stay away from circles as I just wasn’t happy using the shape cutter I had. It would leave spots where I had to trim. I do love the Nestabilites circles but I found I was limited in size of what would run through my die cut machine. With my new Curvy Cutter Circle Template, I’m just loving adding circles of all sizes as they are so quick and easy to incorporate.

What I like about the Curvy Cutter

  • easy to use
  • easy to position
  • very quick to set up
  • huge size variety of circles from 2.25″ to 7.5 inches …you can also cut outside the circles for greater flexibility and a full 12″ cut
  • 1/8″ increments mean you can cut and mat with great flexibility
  • two circle positioning templates make it easy to position your photo or paper in just the right place
  • ergonomic handle swivels easily for cutting in a single motion
  • no torn or ragged edges….a crisp perfect circle
  • gripper feet keep the template easily in place
  • works well on cardstock, photos, vellum etc.
  • double sided blade means you can cut in both directions
  • expandable….you can use the Curvy Cutter part with other templates such as the Oval Template and the rounded squares
  • you can use the glass cutting mat for other applications such as free hand cutting etc.

Things to note:

  • This cutter does not work well with small scraps of paper
  • The cutter is sold in two pieces…the circle template and the Curvy Cutter blade mechanism itself…you will need both
  • This cutter works best with a glass cutting mat. Self healing mats are not recommended
  • When cutting multiple circles…start at the smallest size and work out.
  • This cutter is not inexpensive but I find it is well worth the money. Well made and flexible I know it will give me great cuts for years to come.

How to Use:
To cut thin circles…

1. Lay cardstock on glass mat.


2. Position circle template on top. Remove guide and place cutter in desired track.

3. Swivel blade around track.

4. Push blade in until it clicks at the next increment. Cut circle.


5. Repeat.

To position on photo and cut out…

1. Place photo on glass cutting mat.

2. Position circle template with positioning insert where desired on photo.

3. Adjust blade to correct size. Remove insert and place blade in track.

4. Press down on template to hold steady and swivel blade with other hand.


Quick Tip: When cutting rings of circles…I often cut out a full sheet of circles at once. This allows me to have some precut circles on hand and play around with which size best suits my design.

Where to find it…

  • I purchased my cutter from my local scrapbook store.
  • You can also find it at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and other craft stores
  • On-line stores

Things to do with it…

  • make a circle card
  • make thin 1/8″ circles
  • cut circle spotlights
  • make circle windows
  • cut out off-set circles
  • line up the side of your card to create a semi-circle edge

If you have questions about this product…please feel free to ask. And be sure to leave comments and let us know what you think about it.

Edited to add…thanks so much for the response and questions. I wanted to answer the question about creating a circle card with this cutter. I’m happy to say that it worked extremely well cutting through a double thickness of cardstock weight patterned paper to create a darling circular card design. Thanks so much for the question as I’m loving this possibility!

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11 Responses to EK Success Curvy Cutter

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    Lyssa March 10, 2008 at 9:17 am #

    This product is wonderful! I actually just upgraded to a die-cut machine and am no longer in need of the circle cutter and am trying to sell it! Anyways, thanks for a great tutorial!

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    cadnileb March 10, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    For small scraps of paper, I actually use a little bit of dulled tape on all four corners and usually that does the trick. 🙂 Just need to be careful taking the tape off.

    Also, you can get the cutter and the circle template as one at Target. It’s also cheaper that way.

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    Michelle McGee March 10, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    I absolutely could not agree with you more about the Curvy Cutter. It is a super product, well made, and something every crafter needs.

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    Deb Neerman March 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm #

    Great critique! I really feel like I need to have one of these babies!

    Thanks so much for the great info!

    ~Deb
    http://debneerman.blogspot.com

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    Elsie March 11, 2008 at 12:14 am #

    does this cutter cut through a folded cardstock to make circle cards?

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    NanaBeth March 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    I’ve been researching for months trying to decide which circle cutter to get. Thank you so much for the in-depth review with the pros and cons. I think this is it.

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    Emily March 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    thank you so much for talking about this item, i’ve wondered and never found anyone that had one, I have a cricut but i still need circles made for pictures and such, I will be buying one of those for sure! Thanks again!

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    Kristy March 19, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    What is the minimum and maximum size circle you can cut?

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    ajlopez5 March 22, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    I am having a hard time using this tool… how do you keep the curvy cutter tool to stay inside the groove? Mine keeps slipping out causing my circle to not really look like a circle at all.. any help would be most appreciated!

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    Craft Fairy June 29, 2008 at 8:16 am #

    Thank you for a great tutorial and come fantastic card examples.

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    kafrine December 7, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    ou peut on s’ en procurer svp j aimerais qu’ il soit livrable dans les DOM et qu’ il ne soit pas cher aussi MERCI