Monday, 25 March 2013

Matting Basics Today....

 Hello friends
Prompted by a very good question from Sandra at the weekend, today's post is about Matting Basics.
Matting Basics dies are from the Spellbinders Nestabilities® Card Creator range.
They are currently available in A2 and 5" x 7 sizes, rectangles and curved rectangles.
They are designed to be used alone or to coordinate with the more fancy designs in each size range. useful are they? 
In my opinion...very!   You can layer cardstock, patterned paper, images, photos 
each time ensuring you have the perfect proportions with embossed edging.  
Here I've used A-2 Matting Basics A to cut/emboss red striped paper and matted onto 
Because I know they are sets from the Card Creator range I am guaranteed the proportions are perfect.
Spellbinders have come up with a useful way to remember too.....
C - Create, A - Assemble, R - Refine, D- Done!
Also how about combining Matting Basics dies to create an aperture as featured on this card?
A useful option.
I hope that explains the wonders of Matting Basics.
Have a lovely week - is Easter really just around the corner...!
Take care friends.


baconbits said...

Morning Christine,
I agree Matting basics are a must have - i cannot cut a straight line for toffee and the spacing between is perfect. I realise they are not fancy but what is the point of a fancy topper when the base topper is wonky.
Love the tag - i do so hope Easter is just around the corner as then i can have chocolate and cake yippee.
Amanda x

Rose in Chester said...

GM Christine,
Matting Basics are fine but there are so many other goodies out there to buy first as I'm using my Rectangles and Squares to get perfect matting already.
Have a good day
Rose x

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
I agree, matting basics are a must have for me. Being a bit of a perfectionist I get so frustrated if my mats aren't perfect. I wasted such a lot of card and paper before I invested in these.
Love Chris X

hazel young said...

Morning Christine thanks for the run down on matting basics i can't cut straight for the life of me xx hazel

val jones said...

Hi Christine. Love todays blog. i must admit the Matting Basics were well down on my "Must Have" list but they have crept up a bit. Like everyone else I think I've done well with my ruler and knife then I matt and realise 1 side's longer than the other.

Hope the weather's getting better in your area.

Val in Spain xxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, I agree with you, matting basics dies are brilliant, I used to do it by eye, but never seemed to get it completely right, and also with the matting basics dies, there is an embossed edge, which is lovely. I also think you could never do a perfect rectangle or square etc as an aperture, so these are perfect.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Looks like I need these dies, have been toying with buying them. There are so many new things are available just now its difficult to know what to get, especially when I don't have that much to spend. Thanks for the run down very useful.
Love your creations today very pretty.

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine, A really informative blog today, Thank you. Love your tag and card.
It's very cold here today,if only the sun could shine. Take care. x.

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine

Just love your tag and card they are so perfect,

I am with a couple of your other crafters i cant cut a straight line to save my life .

As for the weather hey just hold on for another week ,my daily paper says

Are you all ready for this ?

" Get ready for a heatwave next month "

Take Care
Elaine H X

Elaine said...

Hi these are beautiful. Love the ideas and info you give to us all x

alex said...

Wonderful explanation, and yes they are in my collection but alas not used as much as I perhaps should, I would like to know what size card base you used for the second card, as to create an A2 card blank from an A4 piece of card means I only get one card as opposed to two if I use English sizing, not that this is a huge issue, but I do tend to use pre-bougt card blanks and a C6 card base is not compatible with the A2 matting basics, just off to collect my order for the new 5x7 basics :-)

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, I have bought the matting basics and they are great i cannot cut straight so i needed them , your card and tag are very pretty thank you .. Jean Z xx

Janice said...

Good morning Christine

I have to admit to not having heard of these dies before (she says embarrassingly!) and I reckon they could be very useful, as I too suffer with wonky eyes sometimes!
I love your card and tag today, thank you so much for's almost a MDD instead of FDD! Lol

Still a bit of snow on the ground this morning, and very cold and windy. It must start to improve soon surely?
Have a good day.
Janice x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, Lovely card, i think all the basic nestabilities are important dies in my collection. Emma

Nikki Payne said...

As much as I have tried I can't manage to cut the perfect matt so when spellbinders bought these dies out I didn't hesitate. I agree with one of the other ladies, there are other dies you may want to buy first, but if you can I would definitly add these to your selection ...I wouldn't be without mine.
Beautiful card and tag.... I see the tiny flowers have made another appearance :)
We have sunshine today so I hope it has reached Gravesend.
Nikkki x

Sandra said...

Dear Christine, well I guess I had better buy some matting basics dies, I just questioned (in my head) their usefulness! But I am now convinced! It only takes a fabulous looking tag to change my thoughts about a die!! Haha!! Thank you for taking the trouble to answer my query, I really do appreciate it!
Have a great week everyone xx
Sandra xx

Anonymous said...

Love your tag today Christine and you have changed my mind about the basic dies, so must save harder. Thanks to Sandra for requesting this info!
Val C xx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

These are really useful dies, but they are not in my stash yet.

Love the tag today, my friend gave me a pile of tags the other day so now I can have a play with them

Sue xxx

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine, Matting Basics are a must, esp. when you have visual problems like me and your a bit of a perfectionist!
Lovely simple ideas you have used to explain the techniques.
C B W Carolyn x

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, lovely projects! Matting basics are on my list, though I do use 'perfect squares' and 'perfect layers', which are excellent tools as well, Carole Z X

Ita said...

Hi Christine A very big thank you for explaining the matting basics A I got mine last week and am still trying to play with them,and now you have given an answer to all the Questions,I had in my head,

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