Thursday, 24 April 2014

Magic Borders

Today I have a fun party trick for you to play with. These 3-D "Magic Borders" can be folded either vertically or horizontally. They can be used as a pretty alternative to paper-punched borders on cards or scrapbook pages. 

The flip side of each border is attractive in its own right. If you want to add even more dimensional interest, crease the leaf veins or obvious folds. Makes for a pretty flutter effect!

How to work the magic:
As you can see in the pic above, each border has a zig-zag template. The directional effect is created by how you fold the little bridges between the shapes. For a horizontal border, fold the linking bridges at the top of each shape, going sideways (of course). For a vertical border, fold the linking bridges at the bottom of each shape, going downwards. Always wind to the back in a spiralling motion. Have a go and experiment!

You can fix the borders to the page with d/s tape or strategically-placed dabs of PVA tacky glue.

Printable borders follow. I have given you both .pdfs and .svgs. For this particular project, the digi-cut option is preferable. It will take patience aplenty to handcut these guys!

MagicBordersA.pdf 
MagicBordersB.pdf 

MagicBordersA.svg
MagicBordersB.svg

Have fun doing the twist and making your borders to order!