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Old 09-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default help with using border punches

I'm fairly new to cardmaking and recently bought a SU scallop trim border punch and also the corner punch to match as I have seen really pretty cards posted on here using it.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I can't get them to match up right. I punch the corners first, then so the edges, but it is always off and cuts one or more of the scallops off and doesn't look good. IS there a secret to making it match up?
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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The only hint I know of is to start with the correct size square or rectangle. What that is, I'm not sure. I think there are charts online that tell you (or maybe something came with the punch?). I obviously haven't used mine very much at all.

Also, it's easier (for me anyway) to line up if you use them upside down.
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Here is one tutorial. I don't know if the base sizes are the same or different for the different punches.

Gretchen Barron: Tutorial -- Scallop Trim Border and Corner Punch -- Cutting Squares and Rectangles

eta another:
http://stampinpretty.typepad.com/Tut...Rectangles.pdf

another that doesn't require you to cut the square/rectangle first.
http://www.stampinwithblythe.com/201...lign-them.html
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I'm not sure about the Stampin' Up punch sets, but I have a lot of experience with the Martha Stewart brand. (Since E.K. Success makes the SU versions, I think they work the same way.) When you are cutting your paper, it is essential that you cut it to the exact measurements. It can't be off by even the tiniest bit. When you are punching your edge, be sure that you are holding your paper in place, and not just resting it against the edge of the punch. I find that placing the punch on my table or desk works better than holding it in my hand. I have better control over where the paper goes.

I hope this has helped, because I know how frustrating it can be when the punches don't line up properly. Good luck, and practice, practice, practice with scraps.
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MS punches are EASY to match up if you use the correct size paper. SU ones don't work the same way. I have yet to figure those out!!
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Is there a link somewhere that shows the correct sizes for the MS punches?
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