Cut chipboard either manually or with a commercial cutting machine available from brands such as Big Shot, Sizzix, Cuttlebug or Silhouette. For manual shaping, trace a stencil into the chipboard, and then cut it using a crafting tool. Templates and cutting tools are available at crafting stores.Continue Reading
If cutting chipboard letters manually, obtain templates either by purchasing them or printing the desired font and size on paper and then cutting the paper into a template. Lightly trace the template onto the chipboard using the preferred medium, such as pencil, chalk or charcoal. To cut out the shape, use either heavy-duty crafting scissors or a cutting tool like a crafting, utility or Stanley knife. Choose a flexible blade for letters with intricate curves.
To quickly and easily cut out letters and complex fonts from chipboard, invest in a die-cutting machine. These machines can not only cut out letters but can also draw, pierce, stamp, engrave and emboss letters for a more complex look. Depending on the number of features, these machines can cost anywhere from $60 to more than $800. In addition to the cost of the machine, embellishments require purchase of such accessories as cartridges, replacement blades, border packs, stamps and embossing patterns.Learn more about Carpentry