Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tutorial: Scalloped Edges.

We see them everywhere now, but how do people get them if they don't have the right diecuts or multiple gigapunches?... Be sure to click on the photos in order to see them more clearly, they should enlarge somewhat.

I have learned these techniques from other sources over the last little while, how to do these using some of the punches I already had and don't take credit for any of them whatsoever.

So, here goes, my first tutorial and 3 methods of getting scalloped edges all compiled into one.

Method #1
You will need:

  • corner rounder punch
  • cardstock

This method works great for straight edges. Remove the lower "corner" plate as shown in the photo. It should just pop/slide off.

Holding the punch upside down so you can view where you are punching, line up the edge of your Cardstock with the "v" in the bottom edge of the punch. Punch the first "scallop". You will then line up the next scallop by lining up the "v" again and making sure your edge of the scallp is touching the last one. That is it!

You can also do this on a circular or oval shape but a little more measuring and matching will be required.

This photo shows how to get the inside of a circular or other shape to have a scalloped edge. This would work well to create a "window" in the front of a card or on a scrap book page.

Method #2
You will need:

  • circle cutter or straight edge
  • slit punch
  • Cardstock

First, cut out small circle. Then cut another about 2 sizes larger (I am using the coluzzle cutting system so you will have to guess, but I would say about .5 inch)

From the inside, you will carefully punch using the "slit punch" matching up the edges with the outermost part of your Cardstock and the previous punch. This will give you a circular shape with scallops on the outside. You can also use this method on the inside of a circular edge but you do not need to cut the inner cirlce out, just pencil mark it so you have something to guide you.

Believe it or not, you can also use this method to go around any shape! By using the technique below, you can adjust the shape of the circle into any shape you want. Just give it a try!

Method #3

This method I am giving credit to Mary Jo for, I read it on her blog and adapted it abit to make it easier. I will show both methods in case you don't have the 1 3/8" circle punch.

You will need:

  • Scalloped Punch (Stampin' Up!)
  • 1 3/8" circle Punch (Stampin' Up!)
  • paper snips (scissors)
  • Cardstock
Using the Circle punch, first punch out the center of your scallop. Then using your Scallop punch, punch out the outer edge as shown in the photos.

(Just a quick Note, the reason you do this by cutting the circle first, it is difficult to get the circle in the center of the scallop if you cut the scallop first.)

Next, use your snips, cut between 2 scallops to open up your punched out peices. Now slit carefully from the straight edge up to each valley section making sure not to cut all the way through. This is similar if you are a seamstress, to "easing" a sleave or curved area to fit a straight.

This will make your scallop able to move into any shape you choose. (you can do the same with the #2 method in order to make perfect scallops as referred to above)

The last photo I am showing here is how to cut the scallop off if you don't have the circle punch. The edges may appear messier, but really, it will never show once you have your other layers on it. My next post will use the samples I have created here. Thanks for reading!


Anonymous said...

Awesome Ideas thanks soo much for sharing !!
Laurie from

shar said...

I was trying to complete a project but did not know an easy way to do a scalloped edge. I did a google search and found your fabulous ideas. Thank you so much!