Paper Cutting

Practice sheet.jpg

Paper cutting Practice Sheet 

I recommend that you print this sheet out first so that you can get the hang of paper cutting. Click the image to download the sheet as a PDF. 

Safely Using A Craft Knife


• Sufficiently sized cutting mats or boards (I recommend a self healing cutting mat)

• Safety metal ruler (NOT flat steel ruler or a plastic ruler)

• Use Retractable blade craft knife and lock blade in place both when in use and not in use

• All equipment should be in good condition – sharp blades and a strong handle



When cutting with a craft knife, even with the appropriate equipment, safe cutting practices are essential:

• Always make sure the material to be cut is held firmly on a stable surface.

• Keep your ‘other’ hand behind the cutting blade at all times (most cuts are to the finger tips of the left hand, and happen on the ‘follow through’)

• NEVER cut towards your body / hands.

• Don’t press too hard (if necessary make several cuts)

• If necessary, make a series of shorter cuts to keep control over long cuts

• Be aware of others in the area (they may bump or distract you)

• Concentrate!



The risk of injury from knives is not limited to their use:

• Always retract the blade when not in use

• Never leave open knives unattended on desks

• Never leave knives on floors, chairs etc where others might not expect to find them

• Never put unprotected blades in your bag or pocket. 


MAINTENANCE. (i.e. Blade changing)

Particular care must also be taken when maintaining knives:

• Follow the instructions on your craft knife when changing or sharpening the blade. 



If you suffer an injury from a sharp which may be contaminated:

• Wash the wound using cold running water

• Don't suck the wound

• Dry the wound with materials from the first aid kit and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing

• If needed, seek medical assistance