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Decorated Borders on Cards

Hello there! It’s Kristie Larsen here again today to share with you some tips on how to add decorate borders to your cards! I love this little technique. It adds a fun twist to your regular card designing.
Here are the products used in this project:

Here is the finished card. I took a photo of it laying down so you could see the decorated border in action!

AWDML_Borders_full card_flat

First I started by opening up my folded card base and stamping the zigzag image along the right side of the inside flap.


Then I trimmed down the front flap by about 3/4 an inch. This picture was taken first, when I had only trimmed off 1/2 inch but I wanted to do a little bit more (so I did), which you can compare with the first photo.


Then I trimmed along the zig zag image to help make a little pinking edge. It adds just that much more interest!


I then stamped the main image and sentiment to the front and then took the Bokeh Builder set and ¬†stamped the dots. I did some lighter colours and then also stamped off some ink to make them even lighter. I wanted them to seem like balloons rising in the background. And as you know Bokeh style is light and airy anyway, so when you use this set, you don’t want to go too dark with your ink.


After that it was just a matter of colouring my little ground mole which I did with Copic Markers and adding some glossy accents for his big buck teeth!

AWDML_borders_CU card_slnat

I finished off the images with some enamel dots. They kind of give a little more depth and weight to the two stamped images which grounds the card.


This is what he looks like when standing. You can see the edge peeking out. It doesn’t make for great photo taking but it does make for great card giving! I think when¬†see that fun pattern peeking out and then open it to find the rest of the stamped image inside, it makes it extra fun!

Take a look through the AWDML store and see what sets you have (or need to have!) to make your own decorative borders. Big and bold images work so great! Look for things you can trim to add extra interest or you can pick small images that you can repeat stamp too. No need to use only border stamps, although they do make it easy.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you have a great weekend!