Cutting bleeds w/out ruining print (drying times & pressure, etc…)

Have come to point where clients need perfect everything. Printing , embossing, die-cutting, etc…
No problem there, it’s the waste and imperfections on the paper cutter that are hurting me the most. (Using a “challenge manual” cutter). Read some good tips in just searching briar about “paper cutting”, but what about finished jobs with bleeds(mainly those with larger areas of solid color (even worse on two sided jobs) from where images are smashed together under pressure, I have been getting ghost/imprint left on touching areas.

Let ink dry longer? (I’m using rubber base)
Less pressure? (problem there is too little pressure and cut isn’t perfect)

Mostly use soft thick cotton papers.
Should I just let ink sit for a week/longer period of time? Clients are always in hurry, can I use drier, different ink?

Always thankful for all the help over the years.

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Unless that’s coated stock, the only way you’ll get it to cut clean is to slip sheet it. Get some cheapo 20 lb copy paper and cut it to press sheet size, then put a sheet between each press sheet, cut out the cards and remove all the slip sheets.

Tedious? Yes, but big solids that bleed will do this, even if you were running oil base inks and drier. The only ink that might not give this trouble would be Van Son’s Tough Tex or another hard dry brand.

Nice card though!

I agree with Mike and also keep the number your cutting at a time lower.

Good stuff above
Rubber base ink can chalk off a month later when you give the paper a good hard clamp to make a bleed cut. Never lessen the clamp pressure.
Slip sheeting is the answer. The customer is entitled to demand perfection and you are obliged to provide it. That is the nature of the craft. Do dial in the small cost of the slip sheets and the cost of your time to insert and remove them.