Decorative Edge Circles

by Julie Warner

Decorative-edged circles are easy with Nestabilities™ and text-weight paper.


  • Text Weight Paper (20# works best)
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Old CD
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Decorative Shape Dies (here, Spellbinders Labels 4)


  1. Step 1

    Place paper on cutting mat.

  2. Use the CD as a template to cut your circle. The edges do not need to be perfect.

  3. Step 2

    Fold circle in half, then fold in quarters.

  4. Fold in eighths, using a bone folder if necessary.

  5. Step 3

    Place the edge of die on top of the folded paper.

  6. Carefully run through die cutting machine.

    Tip: I use an original Sizzix, and I had to make 3 passes on the 20# folded paper. I tried 22# paper and it was very difficult to get through the last couple of layers.

  7. Step 4

    Unfold your decorative edge circle.

  8. I ran mine through on the embossing mat to flatten out the fold lines.

    Tip: You can lightly mist your paper first to help flatten the lines.

  9. Step 5

    Finish your project as desired.

Questions and Comments

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Thank you for sharing this really simple, elegant technique! Very clever idea for matting any shape!
Lynda  |  Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 4:05 PM
Wonderful idea! Great tutorial! Beautiful card!
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Beate  |  Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM
This is such a great idea- and I look forward to trying it out. TFS
Shelly Schmidt  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 10:43 PM
Just love it. Can't wait to try this with my nesties. Thanks for sharing this wonderful technique and your card is beautiful!
Wendy  |  Tue Nov 10, 2009 at 12:37 PM
What a good idea and a great way to stretch the use of your nesties! Thanks so much!!
Stephanie  |  Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 9:22 PM

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