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Border dies are an easy way to add a professional touch when creating your own shapes card blanks. Start in the middle of the edge you are looking to shape and work outwards, then trim and finally score and fold.
You can also use them to create decorative mats for your toppers, photos and sentiments.
The first die we think everyone should have in their arsenal is an edging die. We don’t mean a pretty border die (but those are great to), but instead a decorative panel that remains attached to your card.
We recommend checking out this one from The Works, currently in the sale but be quick as quantities are low.
The uses for this die are numerous: you can create decorative card fronts and toppers, a detailed background to sit beneath a topper or even a fancy envelope for wedding and party invites. We will be showing you how to do this in another blog post. In the photo top left, you will see this die being used even as a stencil to create a fancy flourish for the corners of the card.
Another top tip: try cutting your dies from Mylar so you have a co-ordinating stencil too. This will give you a different design to the areas already built into your die so you can layer these together for a great layered effect.