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Did you know that you can easily create a cool photo mat just with the help of some stamping and card stocks?
For this tip, discover how to create a fantastic mat with a torn paper effect that will make your photos stand out!
To begin, we’ll start by creating this cool little background with the help of stamping.
Use a stamp with some blocks of texts like mine below. I found this one in a thrift store, but you can get any stamp you like as long as it has a wide area. Having this kind of stamp will really let us play around with the colors!
Instead of using just one color for this stamp, we’ll be mixing it up! Prepare three different colors of distress oxides so we can begin inking up the stamp block.
I'm using the following colors: cracked pistachio, squeezed lemonade, and kitsch flamingo. These three colors really work well together, so try to choose ones that complement each other for yours.
Next, get some pieces of scrap paper that you can use as a mask for the parts of the stamp block we don't want to color in just yet.
Line by line, just go down the stamp block and saturate it with the ink as you cover the other parts with paper.
As you can see, the three different alternating colors look amazing!
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Press the stamp down on a piece of paper. Make sure you press it hard enough to transfer all the ink effectively.
Now, using scissors, trim the paper down right to the edge. Cut as close as you can to the stamping, leaving no white border at all.
After trimming it down, ink the edges with the same colors of the distress oxides. Go all the way around the edges of the paper and try to match the colors it is adjacent to.
You’ll end up with this really colorful and scruffy piece!
Moving on to the next part, I mounted my photo on a black piece of paper as seen below.
What we’ll do with this is apply a cool torn paper effect on the sides. To achieve that, grab a ruler and position it on the edge of the black paper, leaving about half a centimeter exposed as seen below.
Carefully grab and tear the exposed part of the black paper away from the piece. The ruler will help you keep the tear uniform and appear straighter.
Do it across all sides and you’ll end up with this ragged look!