Reported by Christine Ousley
Being able to cut circles of varying sizes is very important in paper crafting, and having the right tool definitely helps. In this first article I will be reporting on the Circle Scissor Cutter by EK Success. The version I have is actually sold by Stampin Up! but it is manufactured by EK Success, as are all of the punches Stampin’ Up! sells.
The Circle Scissor Cutter needs a glass mat under it in order for it to work properly. This mat is also from Stampin Up! but you could probably use any brand you might have. The cutter sits on the glass which helps keep the cutter in place while cutting, as well as provide a cutting surface for your paper.
The blade, which I will show closer in later photos, fits into the cutter where shown below. When cutting a circle you will hold this blade down against the spring and push your hand in a circular motion around the cutter.
This photo shows me adjusting the circle size. One of the things that I love about this cutter is that you can cut circles in any size from 1 inch to 6 inches. Just twist the size button a tiny bit or a lot to get various size circles and mats for those circles.
Here is a picture of a large circle that I cut from a piece of regular cardstock. The larger circles seem to cut easier. The movement of the cutter is smoother on the larger settings than the smaller ones.
Now I have moved the Circle Scissor Cutter over to cut the smaller circle. The cutter was a little bit off the glass mat but the rubber part was pretty secure.
The circle I cut this time was a little off. This is consistent with my past and present use of this cutter. It is accurate about 75% of the time.
Here is a picture of the underside. You can see the foam feet that keep the cutter from slipping. This particular feature of the cutter could probably be improved by attaching larger or more pieces of foam. I believe that the movement of the cutter while in the process of cutting is what is causing the inaccuracy.
Here is a close up view of the blade holder. You can see the spring mechanism and the shape of the blade. Having to push down on the spring also causes some accuracy problems. Maintaining the same pressure as you go around the circle is difficult and causes spots that are not cut as deep as the should.
Cuts circles from 1-6 inches in diameter
Glass mat never needs to be replaced
Portable and light weight
Cuts many different weights of paper
Does not need electricity
Inexpensive compared to other circle cutting system
Does not always give you a smooth accurate cut
Take some muscle to move the blade around the circle as you cut
Sometimes slips when cutting
Cannot cut circles larger than 6 inches
Overall I like the Circle Scissor Cutter system. It is very portable and I love that creating 1/8th inch matting is not a problem for this tool. I also enjoy being able to cut circles up to 6 inches in diameter. Would I like larger circles? Of course, but for what this cutter was designed for it does a pretty good job
Please share your opinions on this tool, or let us know what YOU love to use to cut accurate circles.
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