by Savannah O’Gwynn
Learn some techniques for creating frames with border stamps.
- Vellum or transparency (optional)
- Border stamps (Paper Smooches stamps used here)
- Stamp press or acrylic block (Fiskars Stamp Press used here)
- Tape for masking (painters tape used here)
- Repositionable adhesive
- Die cutting machine and dies (optional)
- Other embellishments as needed
To create a squared frame, measure a border stamp, and cut a square cardstock or acetate panel slightly larger than the stamp measurement on all sides.
Center and stamp the border image at the bottom of the panel.
A stamp positioner or acrylic block with a grid is helpful for correct placement.
Repeat the stamping at right angles on each side of the panel to create a frame with this stamp image.
Trim around the frame and complete the card. (The frame on the sample card is stamped on acetate.)
To create a curved border around a die cut opening, align the stamp first. Lay it on an acrylic block over the opening, and gently curve and press the stamp down, manipulating it to the contour of the curve.
Repeat this step, adjusting the shape of the stamp each time, until the frame is complete. Use tape to mask parts of the stamp where images overlap.
Use the stamped panel to complete a card design.
For a custom-sized frame, cut a template from scrap cardstock to the desired size. Attach the template to a cardstock panel, using removable adhesive.
Stamp a border above and below the template.
Measure frame sides using stamp as guide. Mask off excess border areas of stamp image using Painters Tape or masking tape. Ink, remove tape, then stamp along the sides.
Remove the template and complete the card.