ID: Button Medallion

Created: March 21, 2010
Modified: October 11, 2010

This button medallion is created with the corner punch from the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set called "Deco Fan" #42-60001.

Things you will need.

Angle type ruler that has degree increments
EK Success Orbis Circle Scissor Or other circle creating/cutting tool
Pencil & Eraser
x-acto knife or other craft knife
Corner Punch from a Punch Around the Page set.


Ruler guide

step 1) Punch a small piece of cardstock on the straight side. See sample in pic above near punch. This will be your guide/template.

step 2) We all know that a circle has 360 (if you didn't you know now). Now decide how many points you'd like on your design. Pick a number that will divide evenly into 360, or you will probably have some problems. Once you get the hang of it, then experiment...

So I'm going to pick 6 points for my circle which means:

360 / 6 = 60

If you look at the ruler guide above you'll see I have one at 90 and one at 60. That is just to show you what the ruler looks like. (you can use a protractor, but it's a little more difficult)

See alternate STEP 2 below

step 3) On a small piece of scrap paper, draw the inside of the "V" of your angle ruler and the point of the "V" will be your center point. Place your punched guide from step 1 along the lines you just drew. Position it so the corner points meet exactly along your drawn lines and keeping the center scallop equi-distant from both lines.

Note: if you have a problem keeping your center scallop even on both sides, just draw a mid point to your angles with the angle ruler at 30 (which is half of your 60). Then just make sure the scallop falls along this line.


To find the radius of your circle.

Step 4) draw two parallel lines going through the center point and the tip of the tallest scallop, and going right off the edge of your small piece of paper. This will now be your guide for either the radius (if you're using a compass and hand cutting your circle) or the diameter of your circle if you're using the Orbis scissors.




Step 5) draw a line on your cardstock. Place a point that will be the center and using the guide you made in step 4, mark your points on either side of the center point. See red dots above.

Now place your Orbis scissors so one of the holes goes through both end dots, then cut circle. I used a 67 point for this sample.


Step 6) Place your punch so you see where the design will land on the bottom of the punch. Place it on your circle so the tallest scallop falls right at the edge of your circle and both points fall relatively evenly on either side. See sample "A" which is what you're looking to achieve, and sample "B" which you DO NOT WANT.

Continue with the next punch, placing the point of one corner right at the tip of the previous one, and making sure your tallest scallop edge is at the edge of your circle. Punch and it should look like sample "C". Repeat the process as per sample "D" and end up with the finished Deco Fan circle as per sample below


As you can see by my button medallion above, you can create even and odd number of points. I have not tried it with 3 points yet, 4 points is a regular square. So anything above 4 points is up for grabs BIG GRIN.

I sponged Distress colors & Pan pastels using one of the circles as a stencil before using it as part of the design. Glued them all together and added several layers stuck together of a Sizzlets die cut button.

Here is a link to a card I made using the corner punch from the Double Loops set #42-60002


I've had people say they have problems finding my ruler/protractor gadget. I went looking for the two that I have and also had problems - sigh - will continue to investigate that. So have done up a few notes on just using a protractor and some other tips.

Alternate STEP 2: Draw a straight line A to B, where B will be the center of your circle. Place your protractor on the straight line, putting the center at the B point, and marking a line at the angle point needed, in this case 60 (you can also put a mark at the half way point of 30 to make sure your punch design lines up properly). Remove the protractor and join up your line C to B. You now have your angle wedge.

Just as an aside: 3 petals = 120, 5 petals = 72, 6 petals = 60, 7 petals = 51.4, 8 petals = 45, 9 petals = 40 and 10 petals = 36

I'm sure when you get to a lot of petals the punched element will overlap and may not be recognizable any more.

I have since had to do 60 punched medallions and had to come up with an easier method of punching my corners other than checking underneath to match up the corners.

So after calculating my radius and cutting out my circle, I then used it to draw my circle on a separate piece of paper.

Drew my lines protruding past my circle, then lay my cut out circle on top and drew pencil lines through my cut out circle (these will be the half way lines, same 60 angles). Then I just matched up my punch to the half way lines and the edge of the circle and punched. If there are little mismatches, just pinch with your fingernail to remove.

This is a sample pic of the lines running through your circle and punch out - but with 8 petals, the only pic I had, sorry if I'm confusing you since up till now I've only used 6 petal images as samples.

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