When I'm working on a piece that I really want to be perfect, cutting out corners are my nemesis. Sometimes I cut too far or not far enough. I'd rather have the latter problem. Cutting too far on the other hand is something that bothers me to no end.
See the V-like cut at the tip of the triangle (exaggerated for this post)? That's what I'm talking about and it's a big pet peeve of mine.
The easiest way that I know of dealing with this, is to cut along the orange line first and get as close to the corners as I can. Then I cut along the blue lines toward the cut I've made first. The blue lines are larger here (so you can actually see them) but in reality the amount I cut is minimal—barely a couple of millimeters.
Sometimes I've been known to give the paper a little tug. The danger here is when you assume that you've but enough for the piece to come off easily. Oh the fury when I tear the paper!
By the way, if you happen to have a little V-cut that you just can't work around (ie. trimming the shape a bit more) you can always give the paper a little rub with your nail or a burnisher. With the rubbing, if the paper is thick, the fibers will move a bit and cover the cuts.
So how do you deal with corners? Any tips to share?
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