Well, darn. I had this scheduled to post at 4:00 am and it went to draft form. Sorry, Ladies
Welcome back to Quick Tip Tuesday. Last week I shared using a stamped image on acetate to determine where to place your image before actually stamping on your project. Well, that idea got me to thinking . . . I have purchased paper packs with gorgeous patterned papers, but I'm not always sure how to incorporate the images for card mats or bases. I wind up cutting and recutting and often wasting paper. So, why not make a template for my card mat and then move it around the patterned paper to see just what it would look like before cutting? I'm so excited about this idea. I've been going through my patterned papers now and finding all kinds of ways to use the wonderful patterned images. I usually cut my mats at 4 x 5.25 so that I can place it on a plain cardstock base with a quarter inch edge, so that's the size I used for my trial. You can make your template(s) whatever size you'd like for your mats. Here's the idea:
You'll notice my outline is a little smeary (is that a word?). I printed it on my computer, but the ink tends to smear on the transparency. I think a Sharpie would work just as well as long as your corners are square.
I hope this idea encourages you to use those gorgeous patterned papers you've been stashing (oh, maybe that's me who's been stashing papers LOL. )