Thursday, August 11, 2011

Border Line

A little straight talk about borders and the difference between border punches and Cricut cut borders. Lets start by saying there is no right or wrong, but there are distinct benefits to both. We all have become border obsessed in the last couple of years, and as far as I can see there is no sign of this trend going away anytime soon. So that begs the question....what is the best way to create gorgeous, unique, and crisp borders?
 Punches are handy, and can create delicate sharp cuts from small strips of paper, best used for thinner papers. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and are readily available at all craft stores and direct order companies. Punches can also be costly and require a fair amount of storage space.
 Cricut Cut borders can be cut in various lengths and widths, many cartridges offer a wide variety of borders. While size and papers are much less limited, it does take a bit more paper, and a bit of planning to create a border cut with the Cricut.

While I do own several border punches, once I discovered the virtually unlimited border options with my cricut, I have been hooked! It is so much more cost effective, and if I cut a whole sheet of borders, I always have a stash of pretty and crisply cut borders on hand. I cut them in my most used colors and have my favorites saved on my gypsy. All of the above borders were cut using the damask decor cartridge.

You can save the negative sections of some border cuts to use as confetti or little decorative touches. No matter what you choose, punches or the Cricut, borders are a fabulous addition to your projects. Have fun with these little paper delights!

Happy creating~

1 comment:

Dana Paper Memories4u said...

Shantaie, I love the borders you've created. Would you be willing to share your Gypsy files? I've never created a border on my Gypsy and I'm still learning the Gypsy.