Good Morning, everyone! This morning I want to show you a fun and quick technique to create a Scallop Rectangle Mat of any size using the Big Shot and the Scallop Square Die. This is so easy to do and adds such beautiful detail to your cards, scrapbook pages and 3-D items. When you cut a piece of cardstock using the Scallop Square Die, you will get a square that is approximately 4 3/8" square. Now, if you want to make a rectangle, instead of a square, it just requires that you run that cut piece, back through the Big Shot. The trick is to count the scallops that you want on each edge. Each scallop on the Die is approximately 1/2" wide. For my example, I wanted a rectangle that was 9 scallops wide (the longest you can get using this Die) and 6 scallops tall.
In this first photo, you can see that I cut it first using a piece of cardstock that is a bit bigger than what I want my finished mat to be (I wanted it to be 6 scallops wide which is approximately 3" so I first used a piece of cardstock that was 3x5"). Next, I simply lifted the cut cardstock up out of the die and slid it over so that the left side was lined up in the 6th scallop (from the right) of the Die, ran it through the Big Shot again, and there you go -- a perfect scallop rectangle to use on my project. You can make a rectangle of any size
using this technique. You can also make a variety of scallop square sizes. To do this, you simply reposition your first cut on the corner of the die to make your square. (click on the photo on the left to view it as a larger image). In this example, I wanted to make a Scallop Square that had 6 scallops on each side (approximately 3" square). So After making my first cut, I repositioned it so there would be 6 scallops on each side and cut it again, using the Big Shot. This is a little more tricky, because the cardstock tends to "rock" in the cut-out portion of the clear die. To make it a little easier and to hold the cardstock where you want it, you could put just a bit of re positionable adhesive on the back to hold it securely on the foam part of the die. That's it! I can't wait to see what you create with your new scallop rectangles and squares!
Well, I think that will be it for today. I've got a great new "Takin' It To the Top Tuesday" project ready for tomorrow -- my new Blog feature where I take one basic card and step-it-up two times with added embellishments, layers and textures. I do hope you'll come back tomorrow to see what I've been up to!
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