Fussy cutting?

If you cut out an image with scissors or an X-Acto knife instead of using a die cutter, this has somehow gotten the name “fussy cutting” which I find kind of irritating. I don’t know why this annoys me.

I’m guessing it’s because “fussy” has a negative connotation in English. It makes me think of colicky babies and people who are micro-managers and hover over you insisting you do it their way down to the most excruciating detail.

I personally call this “close cutting” or just “cutting by hand” which seems very neutral to me. I don’t do it often as my stamp art tends towards scenes or coordinating images on the same plane, so cutting them out doesn’t fit my style right now. Talk to me next year; my style might have changed.

Still, I’m not the craft police and if you like calling it “fussy cutting” then please continue to use that term. Just make sure you craft and create.

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