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Old July 20th, 2007, 04:36 PM   #1
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Paper Cutters for DVD Case Inserts

Hey everybody,

I'm almost done with a wildlife documentary I've been working on for long time. I have almost all the packaging materials I need but I still don't have a good way to cut out the DVD case inserts I've designed. Using scissors takes too darn long. For inserts, I've been printing out a graphic I designed with photoshop, on 8.5"x11" epson matte presentation paper, so I have some pretty narrow regions that need to be sliced off. Anyway, the two paper cutters I have are too imprecise without a good way to secure the paper. I'm basically looking for a relatively small, precise, and inexpensive paper cutter that I can use exclusively for cutting out DVD case inserts. I don't know much about paper cutters and live about 80 miles from any significant stores, so I can't just go out and see what's available and I'd prefer to buy online. If anybody knows of a particular model or brand or has something that works well for them, feel free to let me know. I'd really appreciate any info.

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Old July 20th, 2007, 06:19 PM   #2
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Tristan - I use the sure thing A4 matte inserts, which are pre-perforated and are bigger than 8.5x11 which isn't quite large enough to get the right size for a DVD case. They work great - no hassle cutting .. You can buy them online. But, if you don't want to do that, you can use an x-acto or fiskars cutter .. should be online at staples, etc. I like my x-acto brand one better .. a little more durable / exacting due to the design. Maybe $30 or so. good luck...
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Old July 20th, 2007, 07:04 PM   #3
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I use a piece of 1/4" glass, and xacto knife and a steel ruler for all my covers and such. I do runs of 20 so it doesn't take too long. Also I bought a corner cutter that puts a nice 1/4 radius on the corners. You can pick up everything but the glass at a crafts store. Just make sure it's tempered glass, you don't want it to shatter into shards if you drop it etc.
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 11:02 PM   #4
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Dave and Jon,

Thanks for the info. I think I'll order a 12" x-acto cutter from staples. Hopefull that will cut it for my tasks and give me the cutting edge I need.

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 12:00 AM   #5
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Hi Tristan,

I have that the 12" X-acto from staples and it does a good job. I use it to make DVD covers for short run projects like 100 or so. I find that it cuts best through 5 or 6 sheets at a time. I put register marks on mine with scotch tape and a sharpie to speed cutting. Works nice.
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Old July 24th, 2007, 09:45 AM   #6
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Hi Tristan,

I have that the 12" X-acto from staples and it does a good job. I use it to make DVD covers for short run projects like 100 or so. I find that it cuts best through 5 or 6 sheets at a time. I put register marks on mine with scotch tape and a sharpie to speed cutting. Works nice.
yes, although I'd tweek that a bit, in that UP TO 5-6 sheets at a time. I've found my best results 1 page at a time but agree that up to that # of pages can work fine.
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Old August 25th, 2007, 12:21 PM   #7
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If you ever use slim DVD cases (9mm) I have found that heavy glossy Letter sized paper from Staples produces really nice results, especially with a good color laser printer-- like the HP CLJ 3600N.

I have a CARL Bidex precision cutting 15" Professional Rotary Trimmer from Staples, and it works great. Just remember to flip the cutting mat so the edges don't get frayed, and change the blade when necessary.
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