How to Cut Translucent Vellum Paper Like a Pro

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Sharp Blades for Crisp Cuts on Vellum Paper

Cutting translucent vellum paper for your next card, invitation or papercraft creation? Don’t worry – getting a crisp, clean, professional cut on these lightweight sheets is easy so long as you use the right tool – a very sharp blade.

Whether a rotary, guillotine, or even an exact-o knife, so long as that blade is sharp, your cuts will be too.

Below we test our 29lb Clear Glama vellum with three different cutting tools. Check out the results!

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Vellum Cut with Sharp Rotary Blade – Great!

Here we use a rotary trimmer with a nice, sharp blade and got a crisp, clean straight cut on vellum.

Translucent vellum paper cut with sharp rotary blade


Vellum Cut with Dull Paper Trimmer – Gross.

Next, we cut the same vellum with an old paper trimmer with a dull blade. As you can see, results are not so hot. Look at those jagged and crooked edges!

Translucent vellum paper cut with dull blade paper trimmer


Sharp Exact-o and Straight Edge – Sharp.

Finally, we test cut vellum using a brand new exact-o blade and metal ruler and got sharp, clean edges. The moral of the story, whatever tool you use, make sure it’s sharp!

Translucent vellum paper cut with sharp exacto knife


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