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Paper Cutting Woes

Excuse me while I whine just a little bit... To be completely honest, one of the reasons I haven't been spending as much time printing as I would like is because I hate cutting paper! And with no paper, no printing. My problem is that I want to use cotton paper but most of it comes in parent sheets that are at least 56cm x 76cm, and I only have a small tabletop guillotine I bought off ebay. Someday I would like to get a gorgeous beauty like this but don't really have the space (or money) right now, so I'm left doing the cutting by hand.

First I have to mark the center of each sheet, then use an xacto knife to cut each sheet in half long ways. This is the worst part of the process.

Finally I move to the guillotine.

This takes awhile because I can only cut a few sheets at a time, but in the end I get good results so I don't mind this part as much. Overall, the whole process just takes SO much time so I would really love to find some other options. I've been buying my paper by the sheet from a printmaking shop nearby, but I found that GFSmith sells Crane's Lettra (a specially made letterpress paper) cut down to A4 size. I would have to buy in much bigger quantities than I have been, but I'm seriously contemplating that even though it will be a few pence more per card... definitely worth it, at least until I can get the right machinery to do it myself. If you have any other ideas to make this a less tiresome process, please let me know! *all photos taken with my iPhone and edited with Instagram*

2 Responses

Cayce
Cayce

January 16, 2015

Hi Manda, I haven’t actually bought any Lettra yet. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile but haven’t been printing in enough volume to justify the cost at this point. The quote I got from GFSmiths was around £230+VAT for 500 A4 sheets, but that was over a year ago so I’m sure it’s gone up since then. It’s significantly more expensive than the paper costs on letterpresspaper.com (for example), but when you factor in the outrageous shipping costs it’s seems cheaper to just buy from the UK. Sorry I don’t have a more definite answer.

manda
manda

January 16, 2015

Hi, how much are you paying for your lettra, i’m thinking of getting some from gfsmiths. otherwise the shipping from america is steep!

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