Scallop Squares with Scallop Edge Punch

by Mary Jo Albright

Create Scallop Rectangles and Squares with the Scallop Edge Punch.


  • Scallop Edge Punch
  • Cardstock
  • Paper Cutter


  1. Step 1

    Hold the Scallop Edge Punch upside-down.

    Place your cardstock piece all the way into the punch until it stops and is in between two scallops. Punch.

  2. Step 2

    Continue this process of punching until you have reached your desired length.

  3. Step 3

    Once you have determined your length, cut between two scallops using your paper cutter.

  4. Picture of one finished punched side after cut in paper cutter

  5. Step 4

    Place your cardstock piece back into the Scallop Edge Punch but NOT the whole way in.

    Just line it up with the bottom of the metal scallops. You want the end scallop to line up perfectly with one whole scallop.

  6. Close up of a perfectly punched corner.

  7. Step 5

    Continue this process till you have three sides done. At this point, you need to determine the width of your cardstock piece (how many scallops).

    Sample shown is going to be a square scallop with 10 scallops to each side.

  8. Step 6

    Place your cardstock piece back into your paper cutter. Line up and cut between scallops.

    Here, it was cut between the 10th scallop of each side.

  9. You have to make sure you cut the cardstock between the correct scallops or you will not have a straight line and your corners will not match up.

  10. Step 7

    Place the last side of your cardstock square back into your punch, lining up again with the cardstock along the base of the metal punch (not the whole way into the punch till the cardstock stops).

    Make sure your corner scallop is lined up with a metal scallop punch.

  11. You now have a punched shape with perfectly rounded, matching up corners.

  12. Step 8

    Finish your project.



    Different sizes:
    With this tutorial, you can create any size square or rectangle you need for your project. Just change the number of scallops in your first row.

    Clean it up:
    You may need to use your paper snips to some punched scallops as I did have some areas that needed some cleaning up where it was punched (small paper fibers after cutting that hung from side of cardstock).

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Gotta get me one of those and then I can play too. Thanks
PansyM  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 10:50 PM
The font is so small that I can't read it. Am I the only one with this problem? I set Firefox to have a minimum font size, but it didn't change this font.
Suzanne Boyer  |  Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 7:02 AM
To Suzanne, yes the font is small but not too small to read. Ginny
stamps4funGin  |  Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 7:31 AM
Dear Ginny, Something happened on my computer and the print was too small to read, but my husband fixed it. Wanted to let you know it is NOT this website. I will now print and can't wait to make a card with your tutorial! Thanks for the instructions. Suzanne
Suzanne Boyer  |  Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 7:33 AM
Found this totally out of the blue and just tried it.
It's GREAT! I did it! TFS!!!

Plus, if you cut between two (or more) scallops from top to bottom, you get a word window tag! BONUS!!
Vivienne  |  Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 10:25 AM
Thank you so much, this is great, no more crooked corners for me....
Cookie  |  Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 11:14 AM
You are a genius! Thanks for the tip.
Cynthia  |  Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 4:22 PM
Vivienne, What does this mean: Plus, if you cut between two (or more) scallops from top to bottom, you get a word window tag! BONUS!! can you post a picture?
take care, Gin
stamps4funGin  |  Thu Jan 1, 2009 at 11:54 AM
Ooer! Not sure how to explain it Gin.

If you cut top to bottom on opposing sides either side of a 'bump', you get a little strip with rounded ends.
Does that make sense?
I will try and put a picture on if not. :0)
Vivienne  |  Thu Jan 1, 2009 at 1:56 PM
It looked so easy until I tried it myself. I finally gave up. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your tutorial is terrific.
Norma  |  Thu Jan 1, 2009 at 5:17 PM
Ok Vivienne I know what you are saying, thanks!
stamps4funGin  |  Fri Jan 2, 2009 at 8:15 AM
I can't find Vi's new tutorial using the threading water punch! Could you help me out? Also several people were talking about the font being too small to read, but I can't see anything besides what was already done by Mary Jo. Thanks!
Carol  |  Fri Jan 2, 2009 at 5:23 PM
Glad you got Gin. :0) xxx
Vivienne  |  Sat Jan 3, 2009 at 6:38 PM
Ooops! That was supposed to say..'glad you got IT, Gin. *blushes deeply*.
Vivienne  |  Sat Jan 3, 2009 at 6:39 PM
There's also a way to create a zig-zag look (or rick-rack) with the scallop edge punch. I could never explain it myself --- but just wanted you to know its possible. And it looks sooo cool!
Sherry  |  Sun Jan 4, 2009 at 6:41 PM
you make it look easy.
i would love to see a resource folder of just things we can do with punches, making santas, sheep, etc.
cathy  |  Sat Jan 24, 2009 at 5:22 AM

Check Memory_Lane's gallery for samples what you can do with punches.
Beate  |  Sat Jan 24, 2009 at 5:27 AM
Thank you so much for this .... I am fairly new so have only just found this tutorial and it has solved my problem of how to creat custom scallop shapes. Your the best!
Christine  |  Wed Feb 4, 2009 at 8:03 AM
Thank you for showing how to get perfect rounded corners. I have played with my punch and I could never get the corners just right.
Sabrina  |  Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM
Oh fab tutorial always wondered if you could do this with the scallop edge punch, thank you so much!
Vicki  |  Sat May 2, 2009 at 12:37 PM

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