Becca Bit: Fudging Small Borders

Hello there.  While I had it on my mind I wanted to go ahead and do the video for how I made the small Layered Arches Borders on a recent card.  There’s no way I could simply explain this, so thank goodness there’s an easy way to show it.  The technique that I’m using can be used with some but not all of the Martha Stewart Punches – you simply have to try.  The video is brief  and as I like to say, blink and you’ll have to rewind.

While I’m talking about the same card, let me say that the paper used was K & Company.  I’ve noticed that they have brought back many of their gorgeous papers through their “Best of” collections – maybe we’ll get lucky with this one:-).  Several asked about the paper – it is indeed embossed and I did not add any additional coloring to the roses.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

  • CherylMay 16, 2010 - 4:29 am

    Thank you so much Becca. I tried to follow your card yesterday.(my first) and had a very difficult time with the punch. You made it so much clearer. I love your cards. Cheryl :)ReplyCancel

  • MaryMay 16, 2010 - 4:31 am

    Another helpful Becca Bit, thank you for taking the time to explain these with videos. This adaptation is just so pretty and I can’t wait to try it. Martha should be paying you for all the punches I’m buying because of your video’s!ReplyCancel

  • DebbieMay 16, 2010 - 4:39 am

    Thank you for always sharing your discoveries with us. That is a great tip.ReplyCancel

  • LizetteMay 16, 2010 - 4:45 am

    Oh my goodness! You never stop to amaze me. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Karen WMay 16, 2010 - 4:54 am

    Thanks so much for doing these “bits” they are so helpful!!!ReplyCancel

  • shortscrapperMay 16, 2010 - 5:09 am

    Thanks Becca. I just found your blog. Your talent is amazing! tfsReplyCancel

  • bonnie weissMay 16, 2010 - 5:45 am

    Thanks for another Becca Bit … guess I should not have disposed of the paper that came with the M/S punches! I know you have heard this a million times before, but you truely are an inspiration and truth be told, almost all of my recent creations have been inspired by your work, creativity and the fact that you are willing to share this with us. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • PaulaMay 16, 2010 - 5:55 am

    thanks for the tutorial Becca – I only have one ‘around the page’ punch set and couldn’t figure out the instructions so haven’t made full use of it… you taught me something else today – so thank you very much.

    Paula x xxReplyCancel

  • Teresa CMay 16, 2010 - 6:00 am

    I love your Becca Bits. I learn so much from them. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Donna RinckelMay 16, 2010 - 6:45 am

    I don’t always leave a comment but I love your blog and so appreciate you taking the time for Becca’s bits. Love to watch them and you always have a great tip. May you have a blessed Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • Bev J.May 16, 2010 - 6:55 am

    Thanks for the info on the K&Company papers. I really love their dp lines. Enjoy all the many cards and projects you create-beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lynnor aka icensheba on SCSMay 16, 2010 - 7:15 am

    Thanks so much for taking the time to make this video. I have played with odd sizes for these punches and have a couple of successes, but far more failures and ruined paper. Your tips for matching up the edges and finding the possibilities are very encouraging!!!ReplyCancel

  • MaryMay 16, 2010 - 8:42 am

    Thanks for explaining things Becca :) I played all day yesterday to work out how to make things layer and was so pleased when I worked out how to do it. I was using a different around the page punch but it worked out ok too. My method of arriving at a measurement that works was a little more complicated I ended up drawing a template from a 3.25″ cut out and then adding an arch into the drawing and then measuring the outside of the completed drawing to get the basic size to punch. Dont know if that makes sense but it works :)ReplyCancel

  • MargMay 16, 2010 - 8:48 am

    Thank for the instructions. You made it very clear.ReplyCancel

  • GayleMay 16, 2010 - 8:48 am

    Thank you for the video. It has never occurred to me that I could do this with the punches and I just knew that the top layer in your recent card had to be smaller than the bottom one. Thanks for sharing a great tip!

    PS…how do you make the video from overhead?ReplyCancel

  • DonnaMay 16, 2010 - 9:02 am

    How kind that you share so many tidbits with the rest of us! Thanks for helping us create pretty cards, too!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanMay 16, 2010 - 9:06 am

    Thank you Becca now I can do it…..ReplyCancel

  • TinaHMay 16, 2010 - 9:21 am

    Thank you Becca for your dedication to sharing with all of us! Your tutorials are fabulous, and your creativity is absolutely AMAZING – I really appreciate your blog and all of your creations. Thanks – you are Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • JeanneMay 16, 2010 - 9:41 am

    Thank you so much. Can’t wait to get downstairs and try out these measurements with some other punches of Martha’s!ReplyCancel

  • PatMay 16, 2010 - 9:56 am

    I love this…was wondering can you put the measurments that you showed on your website. Love listening to your video’s nice calm tone in your voice…and your so creative…ReplyCancel

  • Louise FoxMay 16, 2010 - 10:03 am

    Becca, Great tutorial. Thanks so much. Blessings on your week. LouiseReplyCancel

  • RubyMay 16, 2010 - 11:27 am

    The MS punches are great to work with, but I’m running out of space to store them. Between those and embossing folders, I will have to get another craft room…. haha! Tks for sharing. Now when I see a corner punch I check that I can remove the corner piece so I can do a border around a circle or square.ReplyCancel

  • SueMay 16, 2010 - 11:29 am

    Thanks so much Becca for taking the time to explain how you did the squares! You always make it look so easy!ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaMay 16, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    I am just loving this “Becca’s bit”..:) I am learning so much. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Susan GMay 16, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Another great Becca Bit. Thanks so much for sharing these little tips.ReplyCancel

  • MareMay 16, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    Becca, This was a great video. I’ve had problems getting my borders all around and although it looks so easy with the video I’ve never been able to get it right so I just use the card sizes they say. This will be wonderful. Thanks for showing us your talent. You cards are outstanding!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterMay 16, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    thanks for sharing, will have to check out the ones I haveReplyCancel

  • pat poskMay 16, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    Thanks Becca for explaining how you got those punch outs to work.
    I love your Becca Bits..thank you for the lessons.


  • SuziMay 16, 2010 - 5:49 pm

    I am really enjoying these punch around the page punches, that is, once I found out the secret measurements necessary. They weren’t included in my punches. But I would never have even tried to make it smaller. Thank you for teaching me something new. . .again!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisMay 16, 2010 - 6:33 pm

    Clever girl you. Thanks for showing us how Becca. Just love it when you do the Becca Bits. Just looking at the card always makes one wonder, now how did she do that. Now we know how. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Sabine EdelmannMay 16, 2010 - 6:53 pm

    I love your Becca Bits!That explains it so well ……can’t wait to try with different punches!Have a blessed Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • mary stuartMay 16, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    Oh Becca, you are just full of wonderful tips and so very kind to share!
    thank you for this informative bit. although i have one of the 2-part punches, i don’t remember that paper coming with it. i had to buy them as 2 separate punches since they were out of the two sold as a set.
    i love your creations, Becca. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us!ReplyCancel

  • RufusMay 16, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    Thanks, Becca, for being so willing to answer questions and sharing all of your discoveries! You should be getting a commission from Martha and from Spellbinders! I’ve bought, or put on my wish list, a number of things that originally I thought, nah I don’t need that one. Then I see something you’ve done with it and think, hummmm ~ maybe I DO want that one after all!

  • RosieMay 16, 2010 - 10:19 pm

    Love your “Becca Bits!” You are one terrific and creative teacher. I really love your cards! This is a great idea and I’ll be trying it! Thank YOU!ReplyCancel

  • LindaMay 17, 2010 - 2:02 am

    Great border/corner punch tip…thanks Becca for always being so open and sharing of your beautiful ideas….much appreciated! xLReplyCancel

  • HeatherMay 17, 2010 - 2:18 am

    Thank you for your’ Becca Bits’ – having a visual demonstration certainly helps and I am sure we all appreciate you taking the time out to show us.

  • Alison JMay 17, 2010 - 6:07 am

    Thank you so much for the Becca Bits, tips, techniques, tutorials and awesome art you share with us. Your blog is the first I visit every day.ReplyCancel

  • Deebi27May 17, 2010 - 6:08 pm

    I just love your Becca Bits. Your delivery is so very real…like I was sitting in your studio getting these tips live. I get so frustrated using the stamps…not getting them lined up drive me nuts. Thanks so very much for your tips and are such life savers!ReplyCancel

  • BeckyMay 17, 2010 - 6:21 pm

    Your work is truely amazing. I am blown away by your projects and can’t wait to see what you have next. You are one of the most talented and crative person. Have you ever considered making a DVD of all of your cards? I think you should. I am sure you would have a lot of people interested in purchasing one.ReplyCancel

  • janeyMay 17, 2010 - 8:13 pm

    So, it’s practice, practice, practice! I have an edge and border punch set, so now I just need to play around with them. It’s just paper!

    Thank you, Becca, for sharing this with us.ReplyCancel

  • kraftychicMay 17, 2010 - 8:44 pm

    Becca, Thanks for sharing the Becca Bits about the punches. I’m sure MS stock has gone up because of your website! :) Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Gayle TaylorMay 19, 2010 - 10:04 am

    Your Becca Bits are always so wonderful! Thank you for the time you spend doing this for us. This is another reason I love following your blog.

    Gayle Taylor

  • BetsyMay 20, 2010 - 7:27 am

    What a beautiful border and these videos sure do help alot!ReplyCancel

  • MarcieMay 20, 2010 - 7:42 am


    Thanks. These tutorials are great.

  • […] This is one of the punches that works with the "fudging" technique I showed you HERE.  I topped the next layer with Spellbinders™ Classic Rectangles […]ReplyCancel

  • […] This is a clean and simple card for me.  I used a MS punch that needed some fudging to make the layers work.  If you’re curious what I mean about fudging, I have a tutorial HERE. […]ReplyCancel

  • Nicole KMay 31, 2010 - 10:55 am

    I NEVER thought to look on the bottom to see what you are punching on a border punch. Genius!ReplyCancel

  • CindyMay 31, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I had been doing this, but as you’ve indicated it didn’t work with all of them. I thought it was me. Thanks for clarifying, and again, for a wonderful tutorial. Bought two more sets today (the seashells and the raindrop [after seeing your recent card with the raindrop I had to have it).ReplyCancel