Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Flocking Borders

Hehe that sounds a bit rude!

One of my favourite things to do when I want to play but can't for whatever reason scrapbook is to mess about with borders. I LOVE borders and they feature in most of my pages. I have numerous border punches and also I have tons and tons of cut files for my robo to cut out. I recently downloaded a load of new files (I have a silhouette subscription, which is fantastic!) and today I decided I would cut them to see what they looked like.

The thing with borders (punches and cut files) is they end up being made of paper of card and therefore don't have much texture to them. Today I hit upon the idea of flocking them. I have 5 little pots of flocking powder I got free on a magazine (a marvelous free gift, in fact I only bought the mag for the gift!!!)

Being bored and having my camera to hand I did a step by step for you. I may very well be teaching my grandmother to suck eggs, but the results are so cute I'm going ahead!!

Step 1:

Take your cutout punch
Step 2:

Run it through an adhesive runner (like a Xyron X or another similar machine, I've tried other methods before but this is the only one that's given me smooth decent results)

Step 3:
With a pen or a sharp point trace around the image - this removes any glue residue around the sides or in any nooks, this is mega important because the flocking is going to stick to any glue left behind and the results will not be good if there is any glue where it shouldn't be!
Step 4:
Cover the glued punch out with flocking, then gently rub it in, recovering any bits that need it, and excess can be rubbed off until you have a clean looking punch out.

The finished Result: Taaddaaa

A lovely border punch that is now textured and furry and lush! I just think it gives a new dimension to what you can create with your punches. Picture not great but they really are full of flocked loveliness in real life! Now I just need to find my missing mojo and use them on a page or two!


  1. I have a set of little bottles of Doodlebug flock - somewhere. I will have to dig it out and give this a go. Thanks for sharing.

  2. ooh they're lovely, great tutorial, look forward to seeing what you do with them


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