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Contact Paper and Corner Rounders don't mix

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ensor
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...at least for me. Last prototype I made, we had a drink spill during the playtest, wreaking havoc on a few of the tiles I made with cardstock (the ink runs and paper warps, no good), so this time I decided to try and laminate.

I found some clear contact transparecy paper at the hardware store, covered the cardstock, smoothed it out with a spoon, cut out the cards with the paper-cutter, and things look great. I try to use the corner-rounder, and not only will it not cut through the laminate (it cuts the paper, just not the bottom layer of laminate), the pressure pulls the laminate a little bit away from the corner making it start to peel.

Has this happened to anyone else, or am I doing something wrong? I finished them off with scissors, and except for the peeling they look fine, but I think on the next ones I'll cut everything out first, even corners, then coat them with laminate and cut around the edges with an exacto knife.

Brykovian
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Contact Paper and Corner Rounders don't mix

I use the contact transparency sheets too ... but I've only done straight cuts with an exacto knife and a rotary cutter -- never tried punching them.

:? <= picture of me being not much help

-Bryk

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Contact Paper and Corner Rounders don't mix

I use a Xyron cold laminator for the same purpose, and corner-rounders work fine with it... if you do much laminating at all, I highly, highly recommend it.

-- Matthew

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Contact Paper and Corner Rounders don't mix

FastLearner wrote:
I use a Xyron cold laminator for the same purpose, and corner-rounders work fine with it... if you do much laminating at all, I highly, highly recommend it.

-- Matthew

I can vouch for the Xyron. On Matthews advice I got one, and it's pretty cool. Not too terribly expensive either.

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Contact Paper and Corner Rounders don't mix

I'll have to check out those Xyron laminators, they sound cool. Thanks!

As for cutting and corner-rounding first, then coating with contact paper, this proved extremely tedious, and I ended up using scissors on the whole lot. Bleh.

Maybe it's just my contact paper; it's glossy and kind of stretchable instead of the matte finish I thought I was buying...

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Contact Paper and Corner Rounders don't mix

My wife bought me a Xyron laminator for christmas, (based on my talking about it for months because of the chatter here) and I agree, it's amazing. I made some cards last night in no time compared to applying the contact paper by hand. I recommend them along with everyone else for making fast, good-looking prototypes.

I'm still having problems with my corner-rounder not going all the way through the laminate, I think it's the corner-rounder that needs sharpening or something, I have no idea how to sharpen it though. I'll have to try and find another one.

Mark

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