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.