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Five Free Shield Templates for Cards and Scrapbook Pages
There are five different styles of shields available for you to download and add to your cardmaking and scrapbooking projects. Shields are such versatile shapes and lend themselves to a variety of craft projects. Simply print one of the shield shapes onto cardstock, cut the shield from the page and add a rubber stamp to use the shield as a frame, or go the whole hog and cut the different segments from colored paper and add rubber stamps, hand drawings or even photos to make a more extravagant... embellishment. Of course, you do not need to be limited to just working with paper - why not cut the shapes from felt or other non-fraying fabric and use as a stylish patch.
Each shield is available broken down into pieces, so you can use this as an easy paper piecing pattern. The shield shape in two sizes are available for each, and these can be nested inside each other. There are also an additional four segments, which can be added to the shield shape. An example of the finished shape is shown in the top left hand corner of each template. Of course, you can use as few or as many of the pieces as you require to obtain your desired finished result.
How to Download the Shield Templates
Browse the templates on the next pages. When you want to download a shield template, simply right click on the image to see a full size version (you may need to click twice, depending on your browser), then choose 'save' and save the file to your computer. You can manipulate the template further, for example changing the size, using your printer or a photocopier.
How to Use the Shield Templates
Templates are an easy way to incorporate shapes and patterns into your handmade cards, scrapbook pages and other papercraft projects. Templates are easy to use and you can keep it simple or really jazz things up depending on your mood.
These versatile shield templates can be used in a variety of ways. You can print the template directly onto cardstock or paper. Another way to use the template is to print it onto scrap paper and transfer the shapes onto scrap cardstock and use this as a template to draw around. This is useful if you want to cut the pieces from many different colored papers. Tip: try using card from cereal packets or other packaging. This is a low cost way to obtain materials for templates and they can be used time and time again.
Here are some tips for using these shield templates:
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- Use a sharp craft knife or craft scissors to cut the shapes from cardstock. This will help to give you good, crisp edges which provides a professional looking finish to your project.
- Try using a thick double sided tape to adhere the pieces of the shields together, this will raise the elements from the page and give a more layered, dimensional finish.
- If you don't have a suitable rubber stamp available to decorate your shield, try using some digital stamps. These have the added benefit of being easy to resize, so you can manipulate the image to fit the segments of the shield (remember, you can also flip digital stamp images and this gives you great flexibility for producing a traditional family crest style image such as pair of lions facing each other).
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Mega Simple Shield Shape Template
This shield template has the most simple shape out of the five free printable shield templates in this set. This simple shield, with a flat top and simple curved body, would also make a great project for kids and youngsters wanting to have a go at paper piecing. See the first page for information about saving and printing.
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