Today’s tutorial is brought to us by Allison of Allison’s Creations. It’s a fantastic demonstration of the power of using contrasting layers to make them pop!
What is layering? People talk about how it makes their cards look more pulled together, makes their cards feel like they are of a better quality (more layers of paper makes the card feel heavier), and makes their images “pop,” but what does it mean exactly? If you come from a scrapbooking background, you may understand the term “matting” better. Layering or matting means to add a slightly larger piece of cardstock behind your patterned paper or image to create a small border, usually 1/8”, 1/4” or 1/2” larger.
Here are some definitions that I found at a website called UK Craft Fairs (http://www.ukcraftfairs.com/guide-to-card-making-1.asp).
Mat: Mounting a layer onto a larger piece of paper or several concentric layers to produce a pleasing effect.
Layering or Matting: Adding a complementary or contrasting layer below your main focal point, cut slightly bigger than the focal point to “frame” it and draw the eye to it.
Now, let’s take a look at several cards that use the same layout and image. The image, sentiment, and digital patterned papers are all from Doodle Pantry (http://www.doodlepantry.com/browse-store.html).
This card has NO layering at all. The cowboy boot paper is cut to 4.25 x 5.5” (standard A2 card size). The strip of paper behind the digital stamp image of Cowboy Birdie is cut to 4.25 x 1.25”. The digital stamp itself is 2.5 x 2.5”, and the sentiment is cut with the smallest die from Spellbinders Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles Large (approx. 7/8 x 2”).
This card is acceptable but just wait until you see the difference that a little bit of layering can make!
This card is layered with cardstock that coordinates with the background paper.
Here are the dimensions of the yellow cardstock pieces: card base = 4.25 x 5.5” (cowboy boot paper was cut down to 4 x 5.25”), mat for strip behind stamp = 4.25 x 1.5”, mat for digital stamp = 2.75 x 2.75”, and the mat for the sentiment is cut with the smallest die from Spellbinders Nestabilities Long Classic SCALLOPED Rectangles Large so that it is a perfect mat for the sentiment.
While this card has layering, it fades into the background of the cowboy boot paper and doesn’t pop off the card.
This card is layered with cardstock that contrasts with the background paper.
The dimensions are exactly the same as the card with the yellow cardstock, but it looks entirely different! Now everything stands out more – the image, the sentiment and even the patterned papers.
This is the look we are striving for when using layering on our cards.
Thanks so much, Allison, for an awesome tutorial!
Everyone remember, if you would like to do a tutorial, or if you see something that would make a great tutorial for OWH, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org