I am a paper craft artist. My work usually involves printing the template on A4 colored card stock paper and then cutting and scoring.

I want to know whether there are any machines for cutting and scoring on colored card stock paper.

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    Can you be more specific? For one-off projects, people typically do it by hand. There are lots of gadgets for scoring straight lines. For making certain common things like cardstock boxes and envelopes, there are gadgets for scoring the lines and punching rounded corners. Embossing machines can use templates that score and punch complex shapes (someone has to make the template). Desktop cutting machines can trace and cut complex printed outlines, and cut based on a program. Can you elaborate on example projects (component size/complexity) and maybe include an image of an example template?
    – fixer1234
    Dec 4, 2020 at 16:10
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    Why would there be any difference between colored card stock and other paper stock? There's loads of home cutting machines that can also do scoring by switching the stylus (think Cricut, Cameo, etc). Is there a reason these solutions don't work for you?
    – Allison C
    Dec 4, 2020 at 18:35

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As many have described in the comments, there are a variety of computer-guided cutting machines, ranging from the Cricut and Silhouette level machines which are designed for home use, to more serious home-manufacturing devices like the silver bullet.

These devices differ from each other in terms of price, the size of media they can work with and the variety of bits which are available for them. They all share a very significant failing in the way that they secure the media to the cutting bed for the cutting/scoring process. Each of them without exception (in my experience) use a sticky plastic mat to hold the media which is to be cut or scored.

That mat insures that the machine can maintain a firm grip on the media so that accurate registration can be maintained during the process. But when dealing with certain media, for example card stock paper, that sticky plastic mat often does more harm than good. The problem is that the adhesive on the mat is often stronger than whatever is holding the paper layers together. Small cut pieces often tear and shred into wafers when after cutting, you attempt to remove them from the mat.

It is very frustrating to have a cut performed perfectly by one of these brilliant machines and then to unavoidably destroy the result while trying to release it from the adhesive mat.

There are low-adhesion mats available for some of these machines, but I have yet to find one which provides both enough holding power to prevent slippage during cutting/scoring and enough ease of release afterwards.

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