Create Decorative Borders for All Kinds of Artwork

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If you’ve ever found yourself at a loss for how to transform plain, straight lines on your papers into sensational, artistic statements, the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts set is the answer! These dies give you so many options for adding fun effects to your artwork. Take a look at all the unique shapes you can get from this one set:

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This first photo shows the dies in this set made to cut away the edges of your papers, leaving the rest of the piece in tact. Here you’ll see papers we’ve cut with the small scallop, the fringe border, the large scallop, and the notebook paper dies. Notice that you can repeat these cuts to add the effects to a piece of paper larger than the die, as we did with the small scallop border. Accomplish this by repositioning the die after the first cut and sending it through your embossing machine a second time.  Also note the faux stitching detail on both of the scallop borders!

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These next two dies are a bit more traditional in that they cut shapes to be used as embellishments. These borders work especially well when layered with other paper strips and accents.

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This last group we’ll call our “special effects” dies, for obvious reasons! Rather than cut a complete shape, these borders add patterns while leaving your paper intact. As we saw with the small scallop border, many of these can be repeated over large pieces of paper. Hopefully you also picked out the fun “pull tab” created by the far left die. Let’s get a closer look at what that looks like in artwork!

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The pull tab die is a great way to add an interactive element to cards and other artwork. The die is designed to leave tiny connection points down the length of the cut shape, resulting in a perforated paper shape that is easy to tear away, revealing a stamped message beneath. Because this is such a fun effect, we’ve put together a brief tutorial for adding a pull tab to a custom-made envelope.

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Start with a 5¾” x 7¾” piece of cardstock for your envelope base. Fold and score the envelope 3 3/8″ up from the bottom.

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Next, use a separate 3″ x 5¾” piece of cardstock for the envelope flap. Score the envelope flap 1″ from the top, but leave flat after scoring.

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Position the pull-tab die about 3/8″ from the right edge of the envelope flap, centered between the bottom edge and the score line. The die will extend beyond the left edge of the envelope flap, and that is just fine! Once you’ve made sure the die is parallel to the edge of the cardstock, secure it in place using washi tape. Then use your embossing machine to make the cut.

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To create the hidden sentiment that will be revealed by the pull tab, cut a 5¾” x ¾” cardstock strip and stamp the sentiment about 1″ from the right edge. For maximum effect, use a different color of cardstock for this strip of paper.

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Now attach the hidden sentiment piece to the envelope base as shown. Before gluing in place, check to make sure your sentiment will line up with the pull tab on the envelope flap and position accordingly!

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To assemble the envelope, you’ll need two more pieces of cardstock to form the sides of your envelope. Cut these both at 1″ x 3¼” and then score and fold both in half.

Attach the envelope sides and flap to your envelope base, then fold closed, gluing all pieces to the insides of your envelope.

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Next add your card and use adhesive to close the envelope flap. When adding adhesive to the inside of the envelope flap, be sure to avoid getting adhesive on the pull tab itself!

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There you have it! Have fun adding pull tabs, fringes, and lots of other decorative effects to your artwork using the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Merry Christmas Card (Vertical)
Z4240 My Acrylix® Oh What Fun—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7238B Oh What Fun Paper Packet, X7238D Oh What Fun Coordinating Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6503 Mint Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4216 Raspberry Baker’s Twine, Z4241 Thin Cuts—Decorative Borders

‘Tis the Season Envelope
C1746 My Acrylix® Oh What Fun—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X5986 Mint Cardstock, Z6507 Clover Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4241 Thin Cuts—Decorative Borders

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Fiesta Time!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos! Today’s a day filled with bright colors, fun activities, delicious food, and lots of family—so yeah, it’s basically a day we really love. 🙂 To get you in the fiesta mood, we’ve got two adorable cards that capture the spirit of this festive day!

Let Cinco de Mayo inspire your cards! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fiesta #cincodemayo #partyinvitation

With a fringe skirt and gold accents, this card is ready to party! The fringe you see on piñatas inspired the ombre fringe on this card. The papers used in the colorful fringe came from the Happy Times paper packet, and we used scissors to turn them into fringed strips. For the sentiment, we simply cut out the letters on White Daisy cardstock using Cricut Design Space™. We then backed the piece with a gold foil stripe—also from the Happy Times paper packet—so the letters would shine.

Let Cinco de Mayo inspire your cards! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fiesta #cincodemayo #partyinvitation

We also love this mini piñata card—there’s that Happy Times gold foil stripe again! This stamp from our new Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book was made for just this type of occasion, and we’ve made it extra colorful by painting it with our new small round tip waterbrush. Overall, we think this card is pretty smashing. 🙂

Do you have fun plans for Cinco de Mayo? Tell us below! And don’t forget to get the Happy Times paper packet before the end of May. You can even get one free with a qualifying purchase. Talk to your Consultant to learn more!

For more Happy Times artwork inspiration, check out this video:

Recipes

7″ x 5″ Fiesta Fringe Card
CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
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30 pt. <font> “You’re gonna need a after this”
35 pt. <font> “siesta”
42 pt. “fiesta!”

3″ x 3″ Piñata Card
M1141 My Acrylix® Pinata Hooray, CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round

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CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, Z3216 White Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes**:
Artbooking
2″ Shift+Overlay <D> (cut in half, p. 60)

*Created using Cricut Design Space™

**Use Real Dial Size

 

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