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Rick Rack 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 🙂 

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. 

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.

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

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