How to Curve a Punched Border to Change it's Shape

This card is done with Twilight ink and cardstock.  I also used the "Sophia" stamp set to create the background on the Twilight paper and the images on the oval.

To make the punched border for the oval shape, I used a Martha Stewart punch.  Here's how I made it fit an oval shape:

Use your favorite border punch and punch along the edge of your cardstock.  (Please note: the larger the shape you wish to border, the longer the piece of carstock will need to be.  For this card I actually joined two pieces together to get the length I needed.)

Here I trimmed the border to leave a 1/8" strip of solid cardstock.

Here I snipped the solid strip about ever 1/4" (or in between each arch).  This will help the border curve.
Overlap the snipped pieces, gently pinching the border to set it as you go.  It's starting to take shape.  (Please note: when mounting it to the back of your shape, put down your adhesive and then apply your border as you crimp/curve it the way you want it to go.)  It holds it right there.  (I used Terrifically Tacky Tape to secure my border.)

I mounted the oval on 3-D Foam Tape and added ribbon , pearl opaques, and feathers (for a touch of whimsy).
What do you think?  Have you ever thought to use feathers on a card? 
Thanks for stopping by.  Sending smiles, Joanie


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Connie MacFarlane said...

Fabulous use of a border punch! Thank you for sharing. I like your style and will be sure to check out your art regularly.

Papertracks said...

Thank you for sharing...I needed to know how to curve a straight punch - whoda' thunk!

Karen Fullam said...

Love this technique. I hadn't seen this done before. Great Job!

Kathy said...

Joanie, I LOVE your cards! They are very beautiful, classy and YOU are brilliant!

Wenonah said...

WOW! You're brilliant!!!!! Lovely cards, beautiful work, talented eyes for making it look so beautiful!

Unknown said...

I love the border! Great card!

Stephanie said...

I can't thank you enough for this awesome tutorial! WOW I never imagined what I could do with that border punch! Thanks for sharing your talent!

Denae said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing.