Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The First Challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond, Matting and Layering

Many thanks to Caz who asked me to join her new challenge blog, Back to Basics and Beyond, please pop over and join our first challenge.

The aim of this blog is to provide inspiration for techniques which may not be being used, they are either not known, especially to beginners, or have been forgotten by seasoned crafters. It is intended for those who play along, to use the same technique as that described in the challenge.

Our first challenge is matting and layering. The technique is quite simple, build up your chosen image onto other papers or coloured card, that forms the mat, you can cut your mat to any size you wish, leaving a narrow or wide border around your image. 

This time around I have made a one layer card. I prefer a narrow mat, which you can see on my completed card. I have deliberately left my card without embellishment, so that the matting and layering can be easily seen.

image with 2 sizes of mat

image on large mat
image on narrow mat

 image on 2 sizes of mat

The basic shaped mats can be cut with a paper trimmer, guillotine or dies, When using a paper trimmer or guillotine make sure that you cut from a square edge to ensure you cut your mat perfectly, purchased paper and cards should have perfect 90 degree angles.

I hope you will join in our challenges, pop over to the blog to see cards from Jane and Caz.



Marianne's Craftroom said...

Off to check out this challenge. Fab cas card

Kath said...

A lovely card and it sounds an interesting new challenge too.
Kath x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Congrats on your new design team Meg! A gorgeous image for your mat and layer card and clear explanation. We (seasoned crafters) tend to forget that there are people starting out on a new craft for the first time and need detailed explanations of each stage of a technique/style. A great first post for this new challenge, off to check it out now. :)

Jo said...

Lovely card Meg, that image is just beautiful & you explained & showed everything so well. x

cotnob said...

A super card Meg, your beautiful image really does not need any embellishments.
How nice to see a new challenge blog, congratulations on your DT spot.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Margarets designer cards said...

Congratulations on joining a new blog,
A perfect card for the challenge and a beautiful image
This new blog interests me as we all forget the basics at times

Sue said...

Congrats Meg on your new DT this is really gorgeous hugs Sue xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mag and a big congratulations on your DT role, it sound like a fab challenge , and your card here is gorgeous and great info for a beginner, Kate x

Kathleen said...

Super creation and what a gorgeous image, my favourite birds. Your colouring is fabulous. Cutting my mat perfectly is a challenge in itself for me!
Congrats on the the new DT too.

Kath x

Andrea W said...

Terrific image to feature and I love the clean crispness of your card.

Jenny L said...

Hi Meg,
congrats on being asked to join this challenge.
what a very wonderful card and such a super image.
Your matt and layering is excellent.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Rene said...

I love this so much! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us at Creative Inspirations. Good luck!

Wendy L said...

This is so gorgeous, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxxx

crafty-stamper said...

Congrats on the new DT and a great idea for a new challenge blog.Gorgeous CAS card,beautiful image and perfect matting and layering
Carol x

Sarah said...

A perfect spring card Meg, I love seeing the birds in the garden so this card is right up my street. It's lovely to see a new challenge blog too, well done on a new DT post xx

Barb said...

A beautiful image Meg and great explanation. Congratulations on your new Designer spot. Off to check it out. Barbxx

Babs said...

Such a gorgeous card and image, congratulations on your DT and your new challenge..
Hugs Babs x

Kathleen said...

Hi Meg, thank you for your comment and I have entered my card in the new challenge, wish you and the other Lady's all the best with this challenge.
As I am writing this post we have just had the most dreadful Thunder and Lighting and it wasn't even raining but it is now as I type, really weird

Thanks Meg xx

Pia S said...

Here you demonstrate the trueness of the saying “less is more”.
Heading over to the challenge yblig to check it out.

Blue Daisy said...

Gorgeous card! Thank you for joining our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. Good luck!


Miss Emerald said...

Lovely and sweet card. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

Karteluszki Reni said...

Cudne ptaszki. Dziękuję za udział w wyzwaniu Card Mania ;)

Sherry said...

Congrats On Your New Dt!! Beautiful Card ,Thanxx For Sharing With Us At Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends ..
Sherry Lynn