RickRack Tutorial Using Scallop Edge Punch

Stampin up rick rack

After using my Scallop Edge Punch to create rickrack in a recent post, I received a number of requests from readers for a rickrack tutorial . . . so here goes–a rickrack photo extravaganza :) 

I used Pacific Point card stock and cut it 1" x 5.5 (the width of the card, but you can cut this to any length you need).  1" is an important number since it's wide enough to accommodate the "flip" in the tutorial below and still use the punch guide.  You may be able to go a little less if you want to produce a skinnier rickrack.

Step 1:  Gather your supplies.
Stampin up rickrack 1

Step 2:  Line up your card stock with the guide on the Scallop Edge Punch.  My fingers are on the lever you push to cut.  TIP:  You can punch either left to right or right to left, depending on what's comfortable for you.  Continue moving the same direction once you start.
Stampin up rickrack 2

Step 3:  After my first punch, I moved the card stock right, making sure to carefully line up my punched scallops with the silver scallops on the punch.  Punch again.
Stampin up rickrack 3

Step 4:  Continue to move to the right and re-align the card stock scallops with the Scallop Edge Punch scallops (silver).  TIP:  Once the length of the card stock is longer on the right, I shift my fingers to hold the card stock down on the right side, as in this photo.
Stampin up rickrack 4

Step 5:  Here's what one completed side looks like.
Stampin up rickrack 5

Step 6:  Flip your card stock to begin the scallop edge on the opposite side.   As you can see, the 1" width allows you enough width to use the guide when you flip.  TIP:  Having a guide gives you a nice little groove to steady the card stock and crank out straight punches.
Stampin up rickrack 6

Step 7:  KEY POINT–In order to create a rickrack effect, you need to punch the second side off center.  The bottom arrow points to the guide mark on the punch which I line up with the center of the scallop (arrow above).  This assures your second side of scallops will be off center from the first.  Punch again.

Step 8:  Slide card stock to the right, carefully keeping the scallops lined up as you did for the first side.  Punch.
Stampin up rickrack 8

Step 9:  I moved my fingers to the right side as the card stock moves right to keep things firmly in place.
Stampin up rickrack 9

Step 10:  Completed rickrack.
Stampin up rickrack 10

Stampin up rickrack close
Here's a quick run down on the rest of the card.  I stamped the adorable sailboat stamp from Nursery Necessities 3 times in the new Fall/Winter In Colors (Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango).  I snipped out parts of each and mounted them using Stampin' Dimensionals to Whisper white card stock that was cut and embossed using square Nestabilities die cuts. BRIGHT IDEA: Make waves!  Use a scrap left over from the rickrack punching to set your boat a-sea. 

The main image is layered on a scalloped square of Tangerine Tango (again, using the square Nestabilities set).   It's next mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals on a horizontal panel of Baja Breeze, stamped with the alphabet stars (Nursery Necessities) in Baja Breeze Ink.  Rickrack (see tutorial above) dolls up the top and bottom of the panel.  The Whisper White Textured card base is 4.25 x 5.5.

Finally, the sentiment (Baja Breeze ink on Baja Breeze card stock) is cropped using a Word Window Punch and a couple orange microbrads jazz up the sides.  Stampin' Dimensionals provide one last jolt of 3-D.  Note:  My layout is an oldie, Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 73.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

COMING UP:  Aug. 11 is going to be a huge day for stamping fans!  The on-line catalog and ordering from the new Fall/Winter Idea Book and Catalog will kick in at approximately 1:00 p.m. CST.    Stampin' Up! will be offering it's best promotions ever.  All will be available here, on my Stampin' Pretty Blog.  I'll be posting more details and sneak peeks over the weekend. 

Plus, my blog is climbing to 100,000 visits and it will be time to celebrate with a very special blog candy giveaway.  How about a little clue?  Think Ink. 

Stamp Set:  Nursery Necessities
Paper:  Whisper White Textured, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango
Ink:  Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango
Cool Tools:  Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Squares
The Perfect Touch:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Orange Micro Brads


  1. I LOVE this idea…you are tooooo incredibly talented! Thank you for another awesome idea.

  2. I love the tutorial on the ricrac – gotta try that tip! Thanks for sharing!

  3. So helpful! Thank you!!!

  4. Jennifer Reynard

    Wow, this card has soooo much to offer.
    Love all the extras that you did to make such a fabulous card. thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow, such creativeness! Love everything about it, especially the boat sitting on the “wave”! Great tutorial, Hugs, Monica

  6. Super cute card Mary! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  7. Soooo clever! Thanks so much for the tip and your card is amazing! {SMILES}

  8. WOW! That is just so neat. Great tutorial. I would have never figured out how to create that. FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing that.

  9. This is such an adorable baby boy card!
    Thank you for sharing the tutorial on the rick rack!

  10. Thank you so much!! I am such a visual learner and this helped tremendously!! Can’t wait to order my own punch. 🙂 Thanks again!

  11. Super adorable card – Mary!!! The Rick-Rack border looks wonderful – great tutorial ~TFS~!!!

  12. Marie Donnelly

    OK, I absolutely love it, and the tutorial was very clear & concise. I am absolutely pumped that SU came out with this punch! Boy, did we need it!
    Once again, Mary, thanks so much!

  13. sandie carter

    What a great tutorial. I can’t wait until I get this punch. TFS

  14. Barb Hendrickson

    Oh I love this card! May I use it at my next month’s stamp camp? My ladies would love it too and I’ve wanted to teach them this method of punching a rick-rack piece using the scallop punch. Thank so much!~


  15. Thank you so much Mary for sharing this rick rack tutorial…I do not have the scallop punch yet but I can’t wait to place to order on the 11th!! THANK YOU…THANK YOU! You have such wonderful ideas!!!

  16. This card is WAY too cute!! I love the ric-rac and the waves, how perfect!

  17. Mary – you do an awesome job giving tutorials – I can’t wait to try this on my own! You are so amazingly creative! I’m so glad I found you and your amazing site!

  18. Colleen Kramer

    Sooo cute! What a great tutorial! Not every one can give such clear directions…Kudos to you! And thank you for taking the time (I’m sure it was considerable) to share this with us.

  19. Great job on the tutorial Mary!

    I must wait for the new catalog until October 1st!! You’re so lucky!!

  21. Fantastic tutorial! I love the card. Now I need to know people with babies.

    “Think ink”….hmmmm…whatever it is, I have my fingers crossed!!

  22. This card is just tooooo cute :). The tutorial was very informative for me since I did not know what a ric rac was :).

  23. OMGosh! Seems like every stamp set you use ends up being a ‘must have.’ I am so excited about the new catalog I can hardly wait! 3 more days and a soon-to-be milestone for you Mary! Monday, Monday!

  24. Thanks for the great tutorial. I would have never figured this out on my own!

    The new In Colors look great on a baby card.

    Love the effect of the ric rac and wave to create a “watery” scene.

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