Clarity’s Blog Tutorial: How To Make A Straight Border Go Around A Bend

Hello hello! Grace here.

I hope this finds you Safe, Happy And Creative! Being safe and happy certainly helps with the being creative part! And being safe and happy these days is something we can be grateful for.

There’s something else to be grateful for today! Another special treat for us… The lovely Glynis Whitehead is here! Oh I do love Glynis 🙂 Not only is she a super-talent, she’s a good friend.

And she has gifted us with her snipping skills! LUCKY US.
She has shared a step by step tutorial that focuses specifically on snipping. I don’t know about you but I NEED this! I’ve often not really known where to start with snipping, but reckon it’s very therapeutic… so this is reeeeeally helpful. Allow me to hand you over to the wonderful Glynis…


List of ingredients:
Largest of the tags from Nested Arch Tags (GRO-PA-41465-04)
Fairy 3 A6 Plate (GRO-FY-40710-02)
Occasions Border Plate (GRO-WO-40060-09)
Lace 1 Groovi Border Plate (GRO-PA-40044-09)
Plain Parchment (GRO-AC-40024-XX)
Embossing Tool (GRO-AC-40026-XX)
Super Foam (GRO-AC-40603-A4)
Pergamano 2-Needle Tool (PER-TO-70037-XX)
Pergamano 1-Needle Tool (PER-TO-70035-XX)

Scissor Options (see blog to find out which is best for you):
Pergamano Exclusive Pointed Scissor (PER-TO-70040-XX)
Ringlock scissors (PER-TO-70041-XX)
Perga Cutters (PER-TO-70042-XX)

Each of the above plates can be housed in the relevant Plate Mates giving you a larger area to work on:
A5 Plates – Calligraphy Plate Mate (GRO-MA-40517-08)
A6 Plates (with a Spacer Plate) – A5 Square Plate Mate (GRO-MA-40002-07)
Border Plates – Art Deco Border Plate Mate (GRO-MA-40348-13)


Step 1
For this demo, I have used the largest of the tags from the A5 Nested Arch Tags Groovi Plate and the fairy from A6 Fairy 3 Groovi Plate.  The words came from the Occasions Border Plate.  

*Top Tip – make a template of the words on some scrap parchment to enable you to put them in the right place.

Step 2
To get the lace edge (from the Lace 1 Border Plate) around the tag shape, start at the bottom edge, lining up the points of the scallops with the outline of the tag.

Turn the corner and do the same up the side of the tag. 

Step 3
Where the line starts to curve, use the point of your embossing tool to ‘hold’ the parchment in place at one point of the scallop and then swivel the parchment until the next point meets the line and put that scallop in place. 

Step 4
Repeat this, but don’t go right up to the top of the tag. 
Do the other side of the tag to match. 

Then put a scallop in the top centre. 

Find a place on the plate to use to bridge the gaps that are left. 

Step 5
If you want to add any whitework and colour, it is best to do this before you perforate and cut – I was naughty and did it afterwards!

Step 6
Now it is time to snip!
When we are creating our design, we are working on the back of the parchment. When we perforate and cut, we need to remember to turn our parchment over and do this from the front.

Use a deep perforating mat – the Super Foam works brilliantly on the light panel, otherwise use the Picot Foam on top and a FINE two-needle tool.  A fine two-needle is better for perforating small areas like the insides of the scallops. 

*Top Tip – if you find you need to perforate an extra hole where two needles will not fit, you can use a FINE single-needle tool. Also use the fine two-needle tool to perforate the outside of the tag.
Half the battle to good snipping is the perforating.  When you perforate, make sure that the tool is upright and not at an angle. Make sure your hand is in a naturally comfortable position and move the parchment, rather than your hand, when going around the shapes. You need nice, deep, round regular holes and your snipping will be nice and even too.

Step 7
There are three kinds of scissors or cutters.  Pergamano Exclusive Pointed Scissors, Ringlock Scissors and Perga Cutters.  I use the cutters as I have some dexterity issues and find they are the best for me.  Parchment scissors have very fine blades and are very very sharp at the points.

When you start to cut, your scissors need to be over the waste area – the bit that is going to fall away.

A lot of people hold the scissors very differently from others.  As long as you are comfortable with the way you are holding them, that’s fine.  Just place the very tip of the scissors into the holes and squeeze slowly until you see a ‘v’ forming between the two holes.  Once you see that ‘v’, then snip.  Some people will need to do a little twist before they snip, others not – it does depend on how you hold the scissors.  As long as you see that little ‘v’ appearing and you have a little picot when you move the scissors away, you are doing it right.  Just make sure you don’t dig the scissors in too far and make sure you can see the holes clearly too.

Step 8
You need to do all the insides of the scallops before you cut around the outside of the piece, to ensure you don’t weaken the paper.  To get your eye in and also to get into the rhythm, do all the straight bits first – again turning the paper to meet you, rather than contorting your hand.  Then do the curved bits.   Just take your time and if you find you are getting uneven snipping, stop, rest and come back later.   Turning the work is very important to help you to get nice straight picots.

Step 9
Perforate and cut around the fairy wings too.

Step 10
For the finished card, I have added some colour using the Perga Liner Pencils and added a little bit of white work to the design.


Cor!! That’s such a beautiful card. Thank you Glynis! I think I’m ready to give it a try… how about you at home?

You can find all of the bloggy offers attached to this tutorial HERE.

And don’t forget, tomorrow we are launching our very first ‘Moments of Clarity’ episode, at 3pm UK time. You can find out all about it here. And you can find the necessary products and offer here. The hour long episode is free and will be fun! So make sure to join us 🙂

But for now… travel gently! We’ll see you tomorrow.

Lotsa love, Grace xo

Clarity – The Home of Art, Craft and Well-being.

26 thoughts on “Clarity’s Blog Tutorial: How To Make A Straight Border Go Around A Bend

  • 21st January 2021 at 4:40 pm
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    Thank you Glynis. I hope this helps me as my picot is quite sporadic. Mostly bad but the the very occasional good

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  • 21st January 2021 at 4:54 pm
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    That’s wonderful – will definitely give it a try!
    What neat perforating and such clear instructions too!!!

    Just beautiful – thank you!

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  • 21st January 2021 at 4:57 pm
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    Thanks Glynis

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  • 21st January 2021 at 5:00 pm
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    Great tutorial, thank you. Xxx

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  • 21st January 2021 at 5:22 pm
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    Brilliantly detailed tutorial, especially liked the detailed steps and pictures for getting the border to link up round curves. Thank you Grace and Glynis very much appreciated xxx

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  • 21st January 2021 at 5:24 pm
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    Beautiful Glynis!! Thank you so much xxx

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  • 21st January 2021 at 5:41 pm
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    Thank you GLynis, so good to see you, if only on a piccy, I have been perforating straight lines this week and trying to get the picot cutting, like Tina says it is sporadic and some look like a dog has been at it ( a hungry one at that) and some like slightly more presentable. I will perserve – but I might need to pay you for a one on one zoom lesson if that fails!!

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  • 21st January 2021 at 5:45 pm
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    Thank you so much, I have been wanting to try snipping for some time but didn’t know where to start. Very helpful and clear instructions thank you.

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  • 21st January 2021 at 6:20 pm
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    Un grand merci Glynis pour cette belle démonstration qui donnera envie à plus d’une de vos admiratrices de s’initier a cette si belle dentelle sur parchemin

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  • 21st January 2021 at 6:28 pm
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    Bless you Glynis…. I am fortunately one of the lucky few to have you as my tutor. I was taught by you so I know how useful this tutorial will be to so many people out there.
    I’m sure there will be something in there I can learn, every day is a school day.
    Thank you xxx & thank you Grace xxxx

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  • 21st January 2021 at 6:59 pm
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    Thank you Glynis I have not got far but I will have a go

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  • 21st January 2021 at 8:39 pm
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    As well as the snipping I found it very helpful to know how to make the border fit round the top of the tag. Thank you

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  • 21st January 2021 at 9:20 pm
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    Hi Grace, Wow Glynis, this tutorial is fabulous and your finished project is so pretty, I love your picot cutting, so gorgeous.
    I wish Barbara’s tutorial tomorrow was on Youtube or Clarity website, as I don’t do Facebook, but no doubt I will hear how it goes.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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    • 22nd January 2021 at 4:14 pm
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      Hi Patricia! It’s going well so far. It will be quickly uploaded to both Youtube and the website this afternoon, so you can check it out too 🙂 Grace xox

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  • 21st January 2021 at 9:31 pm
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    Great tutorial Glynis. It will be delightful to watch. All good wishes.xx

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  • 21st January 2021 at 9:32 pm
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    Thank you so much for this it’s so helpful and really clear instructions.xx

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  • 21st January 2021 at 10:04 pm
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    Thank you Glynis for this tutorial, especially for showing how to deal with curves!

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    • 14th April 2021 at 11:53 pm
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      Definitely going to give this a go!! Learning picot cutting is a challenge but I’m determined to master it!!! This project is soo lovely!! 💕

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  • 21st January 2021 at 11:17 pm
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    A brilliant tutorial, thank you Glynis. I seem to do ok with my snipping sometimes but not everytime, it’s so annoying, but I will persevere.

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  • 22nd January 2021 at 2:41 am
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    Hi Grace
    That Glynis is a star ⭐️ so clever. Thank you for your wonderful step by step description and illustrations, you make everything look so easy.
    Take care
    Love & Hugs
    Penny

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  • 22nd January 2021 at 4:26 pm
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    Thankyou Glynis just what I needed getting withdrawal from our classes hope we can start soon.x

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  • 22nd January 2021 at 10:03 pm
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    What a great tutorial – a masterclass in fact! Thank you, Glynis

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  • 6th February 2021 at 9:22 am
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    Thankyou Glynis for a fab detailed post. I now know where ive been going wrong! I have been putting the scissors in too far and my x has been more of an o with no dstail at all. I’m very new to groovi, and parchment and can be impatient so will take my time from now on. Xx

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