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Monday, November 19, 2012

Re-sizing Your Template

Without my die cut machine, I was looking for fun ways to mat my focals (this is another one of the freebie tags from Paper Wishes that I discussed a few days ago).  For this one I used a template (from PW Design Tool Kit).

The shape was a bit taller than I wanted, but  I've found it's pretty easy to adjust the sizes of these shapes a bit.  In this case I drew the shape on the back of my card stock.  I then moved it down a 1/4 inch or so and traced the top again, blending in at the edges.  I repeated this with the bottom of the shape, moving it up 1/4 inch.  This gave me better dimensions for what I wanted for this particular card.  After I had it drawn the way I wanted it, I was able to quickly cut it out.  Then, I took it to my score board and scored lines every 1/8 of an inch.  I inked the edges and my mat was ready.  It certainly wasn't as fast as using my die cut machine, but I think it gives a nice look.

The background is another one where I took two 4.5" x 6.5" mat stack pages, stacked them, and sliced across them at an angle so I could use half of each to make this background.  A scrap of brown glitter paper forms a border between them.

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