Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Scalloped Border Belly Band Tutorial

I used the Scalloped Border Trio die set by Frantic Stamper to make this card.  

Using the bottom die in this set above, I made 4 belly bands out of different colors and layered them on top of each other, starting with the widest on the bottom and ending with the narrowest on the top.

How do you make a belly band with an edge die like the Scallop Border die?  The die only cuts on one side so you have to cut the paper along one edge first then line up the die to cut the opposite edge.  Here's how:

Make your first cut along a piece of paper that is the same length or width of your card, whichever way the belly band will go (vertical or horizontal)

Move the die down after the first cut is done.   How far down you move the die determines how wide the belly band will be.  Find a focal point on the die that you can use to line it up symmetrically with the first cut.  With this scallop border die, it's easy to just eye-ball it when lining it up.

This is what it looks like when you are done cutting both edges / sides.  You will need to detach it from the paper to make it a belly band.  Just cut a straight edge up along both ends if the band is a wide one, or make curved cuts if the band is a narrow one, as shown below.

 The belly bands shown below are all different widths so I could stack them and have the lacy edges show.

Once again, the final card:

I added some tiny punched flowers for the centers of the top most belly band but you could do almost anything to embellish this.  Look back in a few days and I will have more cards with this scallop border die on them.

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