Stripping at the border

Have you ever seen those patterned papers with strips of print, pattern, colour or a decorative edging?  Well I've got a few examples right here on this card especially for the Practical Scrappers Border Strips Challenge!

First up I got all these border strips from the same piece of patterned paper.  I simply trimmed them into separate strips and then laid them out evenly on a piece of blue patterned paper.  I went for a symmetrical look as it's pleasing to the eye.

Second I took another piece of pink/red pp strip and used my Fiskars water threading punch on it.  It gives a nice scalloped edge.

And lastly - my favourite, on the edge of this piece of 12x12 patterned paper was a nice red, white and yellow strip with a zig-zag border.  I trimmed this into one long 12in strip and then using my stylis tool I made some crease marks evenly along it so that I could make many concertina folds.  I joined one end to the other and then pushed down on the centre to create the rosette.  You usually have to use a heavy duty glue to hold rosettes so I used my hot glue gun.

Once the background of my card was done I went ahead and did some doodling, I added some fussy-cut ants from Doodle Pantry and a sentiment.
Here's a little closeup of the rosette - the zig-zag edge and colours really make it pop.  I tied some twine to the balloon and I added a new product that I now have - Glossy Accents.  It goes on just like Stickles but dries to create a lovely shine.  It didn't make my ink run and was very easy to use!
This is the bottom of my card with a few little loops in the twine.  I fixed these with a couple of little stitches.

I also got the inspiration for this card from one of my favourite card sketch sites: Cardabilities - this is sketch number 39

So have you got unused border paper, tape, decorative edged scissors, edge punches?  Then dust them off and get creating!!!

15 comments

  1. Super cute! I just love all of the bright and cheerful colors!

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  2. I love this and I'm totally gonna do that with some of my border strip paper. Great idea.

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  3. Love your ants, they are adorable! Great patterned paper too!

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  4. Positively adorable - love those ants!! Thanks for the inspiration to use my huge stash of border strip paper.

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  5. Love the bright colors and those ants are adorable...thanks for sharing with us!

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  6. Sarah, this is SO much fun! The ants on the rosette are just delightful. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. hehe! This could not be mote fun.

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  8. Ooooh so creative, I love this idea! Love how you used the twine to link the balloon to the ant. Wonderful!!

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  9. what a wonderful card and I love how you have used your borders! You just gotta love those mischievous ants!
    ~hugs~
    Georgia

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  10. Hi Sarah, this is so NEAT! I've never seen a balloon ant arranged quite like this before ~ LOVE IT!

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  11. Hi Sarah! Oh wow girl. This is just so cute! I totally love the ant peeping up from behind the sentiment. Great idea!!
    Hugs, Sarah T

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  12. Sarah what a fun card! I loved all the fun colors, patterns and designs! Those darn cute little ants are at it again!

    HUGS!
    Vicki

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  13. Another creative card....love the ant hanging by the twine....so cute.

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