Custom Colored Matting Cardstock
By Leah Cornelius
Hello friends! I have a really simple but useful tutorial for you today. I don’t know about you, but when I want a colored matting piece in my cards that perfectly matches my main image I sometimes have a hard time finding the right colored paper or I don’t want to use an entire panel of paper for a 1/4″ matting. So let me show you how to perfectly match the colors in your cards and save on the more expensive colored cardstock.
Here is the beginnings of my card. I colored the rose image from Vintage Roses using the Copic marker pictured. I knew I wanted a 1/4″ matting under the yellow panel and I wanted it to match my colored roses. So I cut a full size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) piece of white, cheap cardstock and using the same Copic marker colored just the edges of my cardstock panel.
All you need to color is a bit more than whatever your matting size will be so that when your top panel is placed on it only the colored part shows. If you are using Copics or other markers to do this I advise not to do it directly on your card base as you will have it bleed through and show on the inside of your card.
Here is my panel all colored and I know it will perfectly match my roses. 🙂
I decided that I also wanted matting under my rose oval, so I die cut a couple more ovals, one out of the same yellow cardstock and another white one which I then colored in the same manner as above to get my perfectly matched color.
And here is my completed card! I love that I can conserve on the more expensive cardstock and I can always have the perfect coordinating color for all my matting layers. You can use Copic markers, Tombow markers, any other type of markers you color with, and inks to achieve this same look.
I hope this tutorial is useful to you and that you’ll give it a try! Have a wonderful and creative day.