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Scrapbook Photo Mat Idea: Colorful Background with Torn Paper Effect

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!

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Step 1 

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!

sentiment stamp

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

stamp mask

As you can see, the three different alternating colors look amazing!

inked stamp

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Step 4

Press the stamp down on a piece of paper. Make sure you press it hard enough to transfer all the ink effectively.

press stamp

Step 5

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. 

trim stamp print

Step 6

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.

ink edges

You’ll end up with this really colorful and scruffy piece!

inked edges

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Step 7

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.

black blackground

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!

cut with ruler
torn paper effect

Step 8

Now, let’s put it all together. The colorful stamping we did earlier will serve as the background which will sit behind our photo. As you can see below, I’m putting it slightly off center. 

torn and stamp

But before we attach all pieces together, I’m adding another black rectangle with a torn edge. Just do the same process on another piece of black paper.

trim black paper

Step 9

And there you go! This is how I assembled my photo mat. I think having lots of black pieces being contrasted with a little colorful background worked really well in making our photo stand out!

Of course you can try other placement for your mat, don’t be afraid to experiment!

finished layout

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