Well, since V asked me how I usually cut the plaplate, here is a post showing the steps, very simple actually ^^
1. draw the pattern, I always use a pencil and triangle ruler
2. prepare the tools for cutting, a steel ruler and cutter
3. Get a place to cut, I usually put all the things on the floor
Sufficient lighting is also important. Lighting source should be coming from a good direction, not casting shadow to your plaplate.
That way I can see the pattern on the plaplate clearly. If I had put the lamp on my left side, there would have been shadow casted from the ruler. And since it’s only a thin line, I’ll have difficulty getting a good cut ^^
I usually do it slowly, with the ruler staying still, stroke several times.
continue to other lines until all the edges are cut.
you may notice that I draw the pattern with all extended edges. This is to make me easier to know how long the line is, how long I should cut, coz when I cut, the steel ruler is blocking the pattern actually.
You may also notice that I made extended cuts, yes, that’s easier than making a very precise cut.
But in some cases, you really have to make a precise cut.
Notice the thin border? If I cut too much that means bye bye 😀
that’s all. Simple isn’t it?
Trust me it’s not hard, but need practice 😀