Fiskars ShapeCutter plus is a handy little cutting tool which has been designed with the scrapbooker and card maker in mind. It is designed to crop, and cut shapes and borders easily and accurately and can be used on paper, thin card fabric, foil , photos and other thin materials. It can be used freehand or in conjunction with fiskars shape templates. The retail price varies quite a bit depending on where you but, currently Hobbycraft are selling at £17.99 whereas handyhippo.com are selling for £14.80 so it is worth shopping around.
The shapecutter itself is a round hand held plastic frame with a spring loaded blade in the centre and an adjustable knob on top which allows you to alter height of blade to suit the medium you are cutting. It is ergonomically designed to fit easily in your hand with soft grip pads on each side which make it comfortable and easy to use. The ShapeCutter comes with a plastic cover for the base to protect the blade and 2 spare blades. (Replacement blades are available to purchase separately for around £4 for 2).
It is really simple to use, all you need is a cutting mat, the paper or whatever you want to cut, a fiskars template (if using - you'd don't need template but it makes life much easier) and away you go.
To operate freehand all you do is place your paper (or whatever medium you are wanting to cut) onto your cutting mat, place cutter where you want cut to begin press down and glide in the direction you want to cut. You are not limited to straight lines the blade will turn in any direction you choose to go.
To use with a fiskars template place your paper (medium) on your cutting mat and place template where you want to cut then simply glide the shape cutter around the edge of the template. So long as you keep pressed against the edge of template as you go around you can't go wrong.
There are loads of different templates available including squares, circles, ovals, stars, and hearts to name but a few. The price of the templates vary depending on store but are normally around £4 - £5 each or can be purchased in a pack of 3 for around £11 - £12.
I have had one of these for about six months now and use all the time for cardmaking. I find it really easy to use, it cuts through paper and card with ease and when used in conjunction with templates cuts circles and ovals neat and accurate every time. If you are into cardmaking or scrapbooking I would definitely recommend this product its relatively inexpensive, so easy to use and produces great results.