|Supplies: panel to be matted, card stock for the mat, quilting ruler,|
self-healing cutting mat, craft knife with sharp blade
WARNING: Precise cutting with a regular paper trimmer is great...as long as your trimmer is perfectly angled and marked. If it's even slightly off, things will never line up right. I prefer the control of using a quilting ruler and craft knife. If you've never used these tools before, BE CAREFUL. It's easy to slice your fingers, so always make sure they are firmly on the quilting ruler and not hanging over the edge as you cut. You have been warned!
|Measure the panel you want to mat. As you can see, this panel|
is exactly 3 inches by 1.75 inches.
|Position the cardstock for the mat under the ruler at precisely|
1/8" larger than the panel you want to mat. Use the grid lines
on the ruler to make sure everything is at right angles.
|Cut the mat using the craft knife. Since I'm right-handed, the blade is in my|
right hand, and all the fingers of my left hand are on the ruler
pressing down firmly to keep it from sliding around on the paper.
|Check to make sure everything lines up BEFORE gluing the panel|
to the mat. Sometimes, as careful and experienced as I am at this,
I mis-measure and have to re-cut.
|Here's the finished card. Yay!|
To make the stamped panel, I punched the heart out of a post-it note and angled it onto my panel. After sponging Brilliance poppy ink through the mask, I removed the post-it and stamped the sentiment in Memento Luxe black. I love how the heart looks velvet-textured, almost like it's been flocked. But it's just ink.
Hopefully, the pictures clarify the process, but if anyone still has questions, please ask in the comments, and I'll do my best to answer!
stamps: Concord & 9th Map Love
ink: Brilliance poppy, Memento Luxe black
paper: StampinUp black, Papertrey white
accessories: post-its, heart punch (EK Success), sponge