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Take Your Borders to the Edge of Beautiful

Hi there, Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace here to spread my love of borders.  Seriously, borders are normally where my inspiration starts on a card because I’m thinking about the framing or what special element I’m going to use to draw your eye in to the center. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been showing different frames to give your card that unique something. I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you there are tons of other ways and places you can use the same borders, in fact, today we’re going to take them to the edge.

Taking one of the borders and simply cutting it from each edge of the card — before assembly the card base — will give you a shaped card. It’s easy, and I’ll show you how!


1. Cut a cream panel 7″ tall by 5″ wide and score 1″ from top, cut the other cream panel 6″ tall by 5″ wide.

2. Align S4-707 Graceful Damask Border die along left edge of paper – cut and emboss.

3. Align S4-707 Graceful Damask Border die along right edge of paper but positioned horizontally on plates such that the previously cut and embossed motif will hang over the edge. Cut and Emboss in this manner.

4. Do this with both panels and see the results above.

5. Trim the top corners off of the panel with the score line – Adhere one panel to the other using the adhesive along the top.

6. Stamp sentiment on a panel cut with S5-250 Art Deco Astoria Labels Die #4 (smallest die size is #1) in cream and layer it using foam tape with a panel cut using Die #5.

7. Add a flourish to the flowers using the decorative piece from S6-082 Classic Elegance Label. Finish with ribbon and pearls.

How many of your borders can you take to the edge? Take a fresh look at Graceful Borders and edge out one more lovely way to make cards.

Sending hugs!
Becca Feeken –

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Products Used:
Wordsworth Rubber Stamps, Neenah Class Crest 80lb Smooth Natural White Card Stock. Pink Cardstock, May Arts Silk Ribbon, 3M Foam Tape, Score Board, Ruler, Paper Trimmer, Ribbon, Prima Flowers, Pearls


  • Susan B.

    I have a question, at beginning you say cut two panels same size, but one panel looks shorter?
    Should they both be 7 x 5?

    • Becca Feeken

      So sorry Susan, that’s a typo I made. The second panel should be 6″ (essentially 1″ shorter than the scored panel). So sorry about that. I’ll reach out and ask the Spellbinders folks to make that correction for me.

      • Susan B.

        Not problem! Just wanted to make sure. Mthank you so much for sharing and teaching us. Have a blessed day.

  • Pam TAS

    Hi Becca these borders are typically Becca borders geogeous !!!
    I have not used my new dies yet when the time is right I will, just not been
    in the right head space ! sooo looking forward to having a play .
    Thank you so much for sharing how you made these dies work , you
    do so much to help us hugs Pam TAS XXX

    • Becca Feeken

      Hi Pam, when I get a chance I’ll check in with you, I’ve been soooooo busy lately! Hoping all is okay and thanks so much for peeking in today!

  • disqus_F8jjD3UBhD

    Awesome way to use border dies. I will need to take another look at the border dies I have in my craft room. Your card is so lovely!

  • Janice Brummett

    I love your dies Becca. I just used this die to make 2 sympathy cards. Mine was nearly as pretty as yours. Guess I will follow these cards up in a couple of weeks trying this design. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Becca Feeken

      Thank you! I’ll bet you made stunning, heartfelt sympathy cards! I hope you’ll give the edge designs a try too.

  • Ann

    I got a few of the border dies you designed and haven’t had much time lately to work with them. Having a sleepless night for some reason so decided to take a look and have to say you make it look very easy to accomplish. Must say we have a great teacher and inspiration from your exceptional work, lady! Still working on the wedding cards for card swap, should finish them up this week. Your help on those made a drastic improvement!
    Ann Robbins

    • Becca Feeken

      Ann, your wedding cards were gorgeous!! I hope you try the borders and I have to say that I can’t wait to see what you make!!

    • Becca Feeken

      Earlene, I use this all the time. I’ve found sometimes that somewhat wider borders give stunning results!

  • Linda Timmons

    I never tire of admiring your work Becca and wait with great anticipation to see what’s coming next. You have inspired me to be where I am today. “Crafting and Happy”
    Thank you and God Bless you

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