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Beginners Guide

Card matting is layering your card onto slightly bigger pieces, giving a good quality finished look to your cards.

Card Matting

This card was created using Concrete, Mushroom and Toad Hall Fresco paints for the background, Thank You Script and Bella Bouquet Memory Box dies, and a Kwik-Thread to pull the ribbon easily through.

First decide how big a border you would like your matting to give your top piece. I like to cut my card 4 mm bigger than my top piece for a thin border - it’s a personal preference and will change depending on the project you are working on.  


Whatever measurement you choose to increase by, it is important that you increase by the same amount for the width and height of the card.

Step 2

You have measured your card to be bigger by equal amounts on all sides, so make it easy on yourself. Forget about the bottom!  If the top, left and right edges give an equal ‘border’ you know the bottom will be equal too.  


If possible stand up to do this as it’s easier to see and line up the edges if you are looking down on your project.

Focus only on this area!

Step 1

If you have lined up the top left and right . . .

. . .the bottom will be lined up too!