How to get perfect matting and layering to your cards

Here is a selection of ways to help you get the prefect mat when layering up in your cardmaking

1. Take your base card – I have used a folded A4 sheet , then take the piece of card you want to use for matting and place it at the corner equal amounts from each edge

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2. I then take my decoupage snips and snip a straight line at the same width as the other side

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3. Then again on the top edge – you can do this by using a pencil but I just find this faster

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4. Then add you piece of card to your guillotine – I use the medium x-cut one ( guillotines are the only thing I have found work for me ) – as you know your top edge it straight butt this up against the top and find your snip mark and trim down – then do this with the shorter edge the other snip mark

It works well as you have only had to cut 2 edges and the main part of getting matting right is to ensure everything is straight whilst cutting then the rest is easy

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5. Now you have your cut inner matting panel

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6. I like to at this point emboss the panel to give extra dimension to the piece and this also tells you if your work is straight too – do this on all 4 edges

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7. And this gives a lovely finish to your piece

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8. I have then added the panel onto silver mirri and you can see under the blue edge of the guillotine there is a 5mm edge so just trim down

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9. I then always turn the edge I have just cut to the top and then cut the next side this again ensures a straight line as you know your first edge is straight

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10. Now you have a matted panel you need to add it to your base card – this is the part where you want to get it straight unlike below

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11. So to achieve this using both hands ( sorry I have one on the camera !!! ) – hold the top of the panel and line the piece so it is equal away from the top and side edge – I do this by eye – and use foam tape to fix the piece and a tip if you are using stardream card don`t press down hard and the tape will release from the coated card without a problem

Also starting from the top it doesn`t matter if the lower edge has more distance as a matted piece on a card looks better being higher than right it the centre

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12. So there you have your matted straight piece

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13. You can also do it by using the tab effect double sided tape technique that I have seen many tv crafters use – add the tape around all 4 edges then fold back the tape to get a tab

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14. Then place the matted piece onto your base card and when you are happy it is straight remove the tabs and here you have it – if it`s not straight then you have room for lifting it again as the piece isn`t fully stuck – a useful technique when working with fine materials that don`t have much give in them

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15.  Another technique is to measure your 2 pieces – I have done a 15cm square and a 16cm square then embossed around the larger piece when them reduces the width and when you add the smaller card it fits perfectly

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16. Also a great technique is to use the hi vis steel ruler – the one I have is cm`s – this one in the shop is inches but you can work with the same principle – I will continue my way with cm`s as I have photo`s for that

So take your 16 cm and 15 cm pieces

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17. Your edge will be 5mm`s around as one piece is 10mm larger than the other piece – so place the ruler 5mm`s in from the edge and from the bottom as the ruler is marked throughout – you can see it measures 16cm`s

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18. Place the piece at the 5mm in point and use the tab technique and place the matted piece down

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19. You will have a perfect matted piece – a simple technique if you like to use measured cut pieces

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Take any of these techniques and use it to add many layers to your work if you wish

Thanks for looking at workshops



7 thoughts on “How to get perfect matting and layering to your cards

  1. Thanks Suzanne, I think matting and layering is one of the biggest bug bears that lots of us have. It looks so simple when you do it and I love the embossed edges, gives a really neat look. Hugs Jenny M 🙂

  2. You make it look so easy Suzanne and what a good idea to emboss the edges it gives a really finished look to the project – now why didn’t I think of that!!
    Kate x

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