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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mat Your Focal in a Unique Way

I hadn't realized how dependent I had become on my die cut machine until it broke!  Fortunately, I had already cut the focal (with my Resplendent Rectangles die set from Spellbinders), but I wasn't able to mat it as I ordinarily would have.  This forced me to be a little more creative.  In this case, I found a leftover piece of glittery card stock that was cut in a six-sided shape, and offset it to make an unusual mat.

The background papers are from a 4.5 x 6.5 mat stack (as is the flower embellishment).  I love using mat stacks in my card making.  They're the perfect size for my cards, and usually have a variety of papers that go together nicely.  Here I took two backgrounds, placed them one directly on top of the other and sliced through both together at an angle.  Taking one piece of each, gave me this background.  I covered the join with another piece of the glittery card stock that had been cut with my fancy-edged cutter to create a border.

The focal was an outline sticker, colored in with metallic cream chalks. The sentiment was stamped in a coordinating color - which was also used to ink around the edges of the focal piece.

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