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Framing question

I have a problem cutting mounts and wondered if anyone can give advice? Very occasionally I frame one of my pictures and find that my local charity shop usually has a selection of good-quality inexpensive frames. I discard the picture that comes with them and also the mount, as it’s rarely the correct size to use. This means that I have to cut a new mount, which is where my problems arise.

As I do this so rarely, I purchased a budget mount cutter. I mark the dimensions on the back of the mount and position the plastic rule in the correct place and then clip the cutter holder into the groove on the rule with the blade inclined at the 45- degree setting. When I slide the cutter holder along the rule to make the cut I find that the blade is forced away from the cut line and I end up with a curved cut instead of a straight one. I use a sharp blade on normal card mount (about 1.5mm thick). Am I expecting too much for a budget mount cutter on this thickness of card or am I doing something wrong?

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's issue is packed with practical advice, demonstrations, tutorials and tips and techniques for drawing and painting your favourite subjects, from materials and colours to the techniques and ideas you need to produce beautiful paintings. Learn how to loosen up your style as you use outdoor techniques for painting at home, or how to transform a dull photograph into a vibrant sunset scene. Understand the value of edges in your work, how to inject life and character into your drawings and paintings of cats, and be inspired to paint summer-themed still lifes. There's a beginner's introduction to Brusho as well as demonstrations in watercolour, acrylics, water-mixable oils and oils.