Hey everyone! Kinsey here with a few different and fun ways to use those adorable Crate Paper border stickers. One of the main things I love about CP is the versatility of everything they release…it makes creating so much more fun for me when I can look at a product and come up with tons of other uses/ideas for it- not to mention, my wallet loves it too, ha!
Hugging the Curves
This first example is one of my favorite ways of using the border stickers. I love decorative edges but because they usually have a straight edge, this presents a little challenge when there are curves involved- the solution? Fringe/slits…just cut the border sticker at even intervals. It creates ‘joints’ in the border sticker that allow it to gather kind of like ribbon. On the example above, I cut the blue postage stamp border (from the Random line) in approximately ½ inch intervals and I love how the tucking makes it naturally curl or lift…so fun!
The look of layered ruffles is such a sweet touch and border stickers make it so easy to do. If you’re doing horizontal ruffles, you’ll want to start at the bottom and work your way upward and if you’re doing vertical ruffles, start on outermost edge and work your way inward. Before I stick my border stickers down (from the Farmhouse line), I curl the decorative edge with my fingers so that the ‘fun side’of the sticker lifts up a bit.
Mini Frames with a Beveled Edge
For the frame on this one, I used my favorite Christmas line to date - Peppermint. The outside border of the frame is the ticket stub edge sticker and the inner frame is from the chip shapes. There are tons of ways to achieve the look of a beveled edge, but most of them involve protractors, 45 degree angles and geometry which I’m totally not into…so, instead, I cheat. Just cut your border sticker into 4 equal sections (mine are approx. 3 inches each). Fold the two outside corners of the border sticker under so that it looks like a sailboat sail, repeat for each section of the frame and voila! You’ve got a custom, beveled edge frame.
Another of my go to techniques is using just about anything and everything as a stitching template…for those of you who aren’t into hand stitchery, outlining is a fun and similar way (and takes much less time too!) to achieve the same look. Basically, just trace a border sticker onto your project using a pencil, remove border sticker, pierce, and then stitch. In order to make the stickers “repositionable”, I just stick it to my shirt a few times (the cotton fibers make it less sticky and are small enough that they don’t make the sticker look hairy if you choose to use the sticker on something else). For the example above, I wanted to show both the stitching and the border sticker, so after the sewing part was completed, I cut my border sticker into smaller sections and filled in bits of the stitched area, the negative spaces looked kind of sparse so I used the ‘holes’ of the sticker to do a negative/positive type of technique that turned out so fun!
Spray Mist Mask/Template
The misted sections on this example are the orange strip at the top of the tag, the brown section in the middle, and the green part toward the bottom. For this technique, I used the backing sheet of the border stickers for a mist mask. I just placed it where I wanted a misted border and used post-its to cover the rest of the tag. In addition to the misted sections, I also used the original border sticker (the orange bracket sticker), and I used the backing sheet template to trace more ‘stickers’ onto assorted patterned papers and then handcut for even more options and layers.
So that does it for the border sticker product spotlight folks! These are my favorite types of posts because I love products that ‘earn their keep’…I had so much fun hanging out with y’all today and I hope that you’ve been inspired to bust out those border stickers and get a little crazy! Be sure to link us up in the comments because we love seeing everyone’s work!