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Create Scalloped Borders

Last Updated: May 24, 2013 05:35AM EDT

Creating Scalloped Borders

In sure cuts a lot it's pretty easy to create simple scalloped borders and we can do it in a few simple steps.

Basic Idea

Basic Idea

The basic idea is we take some of the built in shapes that are included in the software like a rectangle and a circle. The rectangle will serve as a border base as the circle will serve as the scalloped top. We're going to accomplish this by using the duplicate feature.

Choosing the shapes from the library

Choosing the shapes from the library

So in Sure Cuts A Lot I'm going to show you how you can create these simple borders you see here. I'm going to start off with a fresh page and in the "My Library" window there's a shapes tab. I'm going to use this rectangle and choose the circle. You simply add these shapes to the mat by clicking on them.

Length Width and Alignment

Length Width and Alignment

So I want to stretch out this rectangle and to do this we're going to use the properties window. I want the height to be 1 inch and the width to be 8 inches. As far as the circle I'm going to keep the height and width as 1 just to keep things simple.

Left Align

Left Align

I will however move the circle over the rectangle exposing about half. Just a quick alignment and we're almost done.

Select circle and go to Object > Duplicate

Select circle and go to Object > Duplicate

Select the circle and go to Object > Duplicate.

Choose the column count and spacing

Choose the column count and spacing

Since the border is 8 inches long and the circle is 1 inch in diameter I will need 8 circles to complete the border. So I'll change the total columns field to 8. As far as the Horizontal Spacing I will change that to 0. Something to note that the spacing can be set to negative values even though you can't use the toggle arrows. You can use that to get unique results. Since I'm finished with the duplicate feature I'm going to hit the OK button.

Path > Union

Path > Union

The final step in this process will be to select everything and go to Path > Union. And your border is now finished.

Other examples from basic shapes

Other examples from basic shapes

As you can see that you can use other shapes to create unique borders.

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