Bordering on Beautiful

I’ve fallen in love with borders! I love them in every shape and size, from pretty punches to stunning stamps to engagingly embossed edges. My addiction began with an assignment to write about borders for Crafts ‘n things magazine, for the June 2009 issue. (

 The article shows lots of nifty tools, but no samples. So here are some cards I made to show off these bodacious borders!

Border punches, like this pretty eyelet punch from Martha Stewart, are such fun and come in great variety.


The butterfly is made using a Cuttlebug die and embossing folder. The sentiment is from Inkadinkado.

This next card also uses a punch (Fiskars) to create the white border. The stamped pink diamond border is a Judikins Bolio stamp. Stripes are by Rubber Stampede, the “enjoy” and dotted background from Hero Arts. Flowers by Imaginesce, brads from Hot Off The Press.


Cuttlebug has some nifty border embossing plates — here’s an example: (You’re Special by Hero Arts)

CB peach special

(The lines in the card above are made using a Scor-it, another nifty tool that is great for creating folds or scored patterns.)

I love black and white, and this Art Deco Bolio (below) from Judikins is fabulous when embossed in white on black card stock. (You’re Special & gemstones by Hero Arts; background butterfly Artistic Outpost. Prima flowers)


Basic Grey offers “just borders” —  another border alternative:


(Owl, branch, sequins from Hero Arts; gemstone from Kaiser Crafts)

Thanks for looking!

3 Responses

  1. hey,

    cute cards! how did you create the polk-a-dot texture on the “you’re special” card? can you tell me the manufacturer of that punch/folder? thank you!

    • Hi Jessica, Thanks for the nice comments! And for asking about that card… The polka dot texture and the flower sprig texture were both created with the Cuttlebug embossing folders “Just My Type.” This has several thinner borders. I ran each through my Sizzix (I don’t have a Cuttlebug machine, so I use my Sizzix) seperately. I made the straight lines by using a Score-Pal tool. The label with the greeting is a Hero Arts image that I stamped and cut out. Let me know if you need the names/product numbers — I’m happy to look them up!

  2. Haha am I actually the only reply to this awesome article?!

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