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Post by sabrjay Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:47 pm

Card Sanding - in depth

Trimming an edge or a corner is just not limited to the use of
blades or other sharp instruments, sandpaper can also be used. The
preferred sanding devise is a standard emery board. An emery board
comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and grits. Ordinarily it is used to
shape and file such things as fingernails. It is typically seen as a
small flat double-sided rigid cardboard with sandpaper of different
grits on each side. They can be about as long as a pencil or shorter
and in a variety of colors. These can be purchased at almost any
convenience, grocery or general merchandise store and are offered at a
reasonable price. Card doctors like to use emery boards because they
are easy to work with, sturdy and cheap. This is not to say that any
other type or style of sandpaper will not accomplish the same job but
for the purpose of this post, we will use emery boards as the example

Sometimes altering just a small portion of an edge or corner is
desired. An emery board can be used to shape or sharpen a corner
without altering an entire edge. It can also be used to remove the high
and low spots caused by other forms of trimming.

Card sanding will once more reveal itself as a lighter color under
a halogen light, this is because the normal natural tone has been
removed exposing new cardboard. When sanding is performed it's not
uncommon to see an edge have a normal tone color almost all the way
down then suddenly become lighter at a corner. Sanding will also give
the edge a flat look, as is seen in almost all cards that have been
trimmed missing that rounded-type factory cut.

Using a loupe and under a light inspect the areas that look
abnormal. A sanded card can leave distinct traces of lifted small
fibers or raw cardboard where it has been altered. These tiny hair-like
fibers can give the appearance that a card has been "roughed up" or in
other cases sanding a card can make the edge or corner look
smooth...but those tiny lifted fibers will still be there. Look for
areas that a very flat with edge borders showing a small lip, as
sanding tends to put downward pressure on the cardboard and push the
border-edge outward. Even gently sanding with a fine grit paper will
leave behind single or bi-directional sanding or scratch marks. Again,
pay close attention to the edges by the corners.

Kevin Saucier

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