Stampin’ Up! Pootles’ Tips Matting and Layering

Stampin’ Up! Pootles’ Tips Matting and Layering

One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is how to get even mats and layers on a card.

There is a hard and fast rule I work to, but it’s not specific measurements….

It’s possibly easier to explain on video, which is why that’s today’s Tip topic, but the simplest way to write it down is that you need to know the size of the card blank/card base you’re working with and make each layer smaller by removing the same amount off the top and side.

So, if your paper is 10.5 x 14.7cm, the first layer would be 10 x 14.2cm perhaps. Or you could take it down to 8.5 x 12.7cm. But the rule I use is that I take off the same amount from the length and the width, regardless of whether it’s metric or imperial.

I’ve got a couple of past projects here to show you, each has a different sized border of the card blank, but each is equal in size reduction and I really do hope the video is useful to you with your layers!

S x

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  1. Anne Lumsden says:

    Love the cards you have displayed here Sam, and understand the principles. You mention a video but I cannot see a link here. Loving all these useful tips, keep it going. Any tips on colour combinations, something I always struggle with????

  2. I’m an Imperial crafter. So I start by making my A4 sheet 11 1/2″ x 8″, after that the sums are easier to do. In metric just slice a tiny bit off the length to make it 29.5 cms – the width stays the same.


  3. Thank you for your video. Unfortunately you have your measurement for imperial cardstock wrong. In the North America our cardstock is 11 x 8 1/2 – not 11 1/2. That would make a half sheet 8 1/4 x 5 1/2.

    • I’m not working with American cardstock, i’m working with International A4 which is 8-1/4 x 11-3/4

      I don’t think I said US size anywhere other than right at the start! Your half sheets are those sizes, but every other country would have imperial measurements of 8-1/4 x 5-7/8 xx

  4. What a simple principle! Thank you so much. I often struggle with matting irregular sized photos in my scrapbooking and the concept that you simply take off the same amount on two sides makes perfect sense.

  5. Marthea from Western Australia says:

    Great theory and it WORk’S too.

    I do something very similar. Brian king has some investing theories on borders and and uses some varying sizes with a similar principles . Worth checking out
    TFS your notes and video clearly explain it all

  6. Thank you for a great lesson, Sam!It is so easy to fall into the habit of always taking off 1/4 inch all around for each layer.Using your tip is going to take my card making to a whole new level while keeping everything proportional. I think you are wonderful for sharing this tip!

  7. I am lucky ladies! I learned “inches” at school and “centimeters” in my daily life. At the beginning scrappers used to convert 1″ = 2.5 cms. BUT it is not exactly that measurement and some “inches” projects did not come to a good ending . . . that is what I explain to my lady crafters . . . in inches we talk about 12 x 12 cardstock in centimeters 30.5 x 30.5 SO sometimes is better to reduce the cardstock to 30 x 30 for easier calculations. Pootles, your explanations are as clear as transparent water . . . thanks so much!

  8. lilian smith says:

    Thanks a lot Sam, this was very easy to understand and has simplified it really well.

  9. Great tips, thanks for sharing them.

  10. Lisa Sylvia says:

    Thanks Sam, awesome to know since I too struggle with measuring.

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