Saturday, December 12, 2009

FancyToned Scallop border punch technique

Got this idea from Gretchen Barron from her blog site: http://gretchenbarra.typepad.com


Step One: Using the Slit Punch and holding it upside down (so you can see what you're punching), punch a row down the edge of your cardstock, spacing them about 1/8" apart. I slid the punch all the way up until it stopped and that way I didn't have to worry about the vertical placement of the punch. If you want your scalloped border to extend  further to the edge of your finished card, add 1/2" to the dimension along that side before cutting. Another tip -- mark the center point on your cardstock with a small pencil line and punch the center slit first, working out to the edges from the center. This first step may sound a little complicated and intimidating but 12_07_09_002once you do it, you'll see how easy it is. Don't be afraid -- it's only cardstock and if it takes you a couple of attempts to get it down, it's OK! I found that 7 scallops fit perfectly along the 5.25" edge that shows in this example.

Step Two: Next, simply bend the punched edge to the back. It will pretty much bend on it's own.

Step Three: Now you want to take a stip of contrasting cardstock the length of 12_07_09_003 your punched edge and 1" wide (this is a great way to use up the scraps). Working from the back, apply SNAIL adhesive along the top (make sure it won't show through the punched circles), tap it down so that the edge is flush with the folds 12_07_09_004 along your scallop edge, and then fold the entire thing up, setting the SNAIL adhesive by burnishing with your fingers or the flat edge of a Bone Folder. The photo on the left shows you what the back of your project will look like at this point.
Step One: Using the Slit Punch and holding it upside down (so you can see what you're punching), punch a row down the edge of your cardstock, spacing them about 1/8" apart. I slid the punch all the way up until it stopped and that way I didn't have to worry about the vertical placement of the punch. If you want your scalloped border to extend  further to the edge of your finished card, add 1/2" to the dimension along that side before cutting. Another tip -- mark the center point on your cardstock with a small pencil line and punch the center slit first, working out to the edges from the center. This first step may sound a little complicated and intimidating but 12_07_09_002once you do it, you'll see how easy it is. Don't be afraid -- it's only cardstock and if it takes you a couple of attempts to get it down, it's OK! I found that 7 scallops fit perfectly along the 5.25" edge that shows in this example.

Step Two: Next, simply bend the punched edge to the back. It will pretty much bend on it's own.

Step Three: Now you want to take a stip of contrasting cardstock the length of 12_07_09_003 your punched edge and 1" wide (this is a great way to use up the scraps). Working from the back, apply SNAIL adhesive along the top (make sure it won't show through the punched circles), tap it down so that the edge is flush with the folds 12_07_09_004 along your scallop edge, and then fold the entire thing up, setting the SNAIL adhesive by burnishing with your fingers or the flat edge of a Bone Folder. The photo on the left shows you what the back of your project will look like at this point.
12_07_09_005 Step Four:
Put another line of SNAIL on the back flap (the red flap in my example) and burnish it down. Turn your project over and you have this very cool two-tone scallop! From here, you can mount it on another contrasting color and embellish it however you wish! Thanks, Gretchen, for sharing this awesome new border technique! 12_07_09_013






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