fer today, a mini tutorial....
...make a sturdy scalloped edge
(with a circle punch)
I like big fat scallop edges made with circles (they're fast and fun) but they can get wrecked with one layer of flimsy cardstock... Sooooh, lately I'm liking sturdy scallops made with a thick 100lb cardstock and jazzed up with patterned paper. It's a great way to make use of those squigillion scraps of paper.
- Heavy weight cardstock (100lb) or whatever you have
- Patterned paper
- Circle punch
- Adhesive of your choice
- Optional paper piercer & needle and thread to stitch it.
Step 1) Punch circles out of patterned paper. To get a bold sized scallop--for a five and a half inch card--it required 5 circles (1 and 1/4 inch) with trimming the two end scallops. For a double-sided pattern on your scallop just punch 10.
OR if you have a digital cutter you could speed this up some...
Step 2) Punch more circles out of sturdy cardstock--in the same size. (This is 100lb paper nice & thick for strength.)
Step 3) Glue patterned paper on to both sides of the circles.
Step 4) Place circles on a strip of strong cardstock (I used one 2.5 inches high + the card width--in this case, 5 1/2 inches.) To get them arranged evenly, start in the middle.
Embellish if you likePierce it & stitch it,
Step 5) Add your scallop to a card.
If you use this thick scallop, you may find you want to add enough layers to match the thickness of the sturdy scallop. That way, your card is not all bumpy wumpy. I added two layers of cardstock: one in 100lb to match the scallop and another in watercolour paper. (This card is no lightweight; it could survive a tornado!) ;o)
Ever tried pads of art papers?
When you break down the cost, they're AWEsome!
What? I got pad of 100lb artist's quality "vellum" with Michael's coupons--which I thought would be clear but it's really just like acid free 100lb cardstock. Top notch quality & so nice to have that weight, especially for boxes (though you might want to consider the grain when scoring.)
Why? With coupons or sales it ends up being surprisingly affordable.
Where? Art stores that stock for students (like Opus in Canada) have great prices & it's all usually archival quality.
What else? I love bristol and watercolour paper too (which comes in all kinds of gorgeous textures.) Some of the weightier versions of art papers are fantastic for homemade chipboard. (If you have a digital cutter you can go to town, but it also cuts nicely with good sharp scissors.)
Who? Something to add to your Christmas lists, maybe? (Giving or receiving lists.) ;O) I got lots of my special paper from the world's best M.I.L. Who is a coupon Queen extraordinaire! (Love Ya Esther!!! oxo)
(new stuff every day, man!) :o)
Edited to add: Wanna make a quicker, big freehand cut scallop all in one piece? There's a template here.