Cutting the Window
Specialty mat cutters are easy to use and convenient. But you can use any cutting edge that you are comfortable with. Just be sure it is thick enough to comfortably guide your mat cutter. Remember, you can clamp the straight edge to your table to secure it.
If you are using a beveled mat cutter, face the cutting edge away from you. Be sure to use a fresh, sharp blade. You will start your cut just before the marks on your board and just after. The beveled mat cutter will have a mark on the back to help you position the blade. Position the blade before you put any pressure on it. Be careful not to over-cut!
Regardless of the type of mat cutter you are using, draw the blade firmly and smoothly through the board. Keep your pressure on the cutter even. Cut all four sides of the mat.
- Tip: The blade of your cutter must go all the way through the board and a bit beyond. Put a piece of scrap board under your mat as you cut to protect your cutting surface and the blade.