Question about matting?

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  1. Spinning

    Spinning <font color=deeppink>Give me a chunk of something

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    How many layers do you think of when something is to be matted? I usually think of the photo as one layer and then 1 or 2 more colors behind it.
    Just wondering.
    Of course now that I have my perfect layers I have been having a ball with matting....and will do several mats.
     
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  3. jennyL

    jennyL <font color=00cc00>Jon Bon Jovi. Ohh La La!<br><fo

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    I just got my perfect layers at the end of December and haven't had a real chance to play with it yet. I can't wait. Maybe I'll get a chance in some of the upcoming swaps I'm in.

    For matting I usually have the picture and then a layer under it of some color. Then that is usually mounted on a background of color. If I'm using a white background then I usually add two colors under the picture.
     
  4. marissat

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    depends if what picture I want to stand out....I just did a soccer page with the team pictures and a only put dark blue behind the big team picture but light blue then dark blue under my sons pictures because I wanted that picture to stand out more.

    the most I have done is in my 8x8 book. I have a pink baby picture so I have the Picture a black mat then a pink mat then a black mat again. and all that is on pink background.


    Marissa :earsgirl:
     
  5. PoohBearLovinMama

    PoohBearLovinMama DIS Veteran

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    I am a matting freak. I mat just about every picture that goes onto my pages, just one layer/color though. If I want a picture to stand out, I'll use two layers/colors. I'm really debating getting the perfect layers though, I just don't want to end up in the ER. :teeth:
     
  6. Spinning

    Spinning <font color=deeppink>Give me a chunk of something

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    I love my perfect layers! I changed knives though, I really like the kind that has a big red handle. Much less slipping. I never cut my self but I did cut into the plastic with the small handled knife that came with it.
    But perfect layers is my all time favorite tool! I love the mats...plus now I have been scrapping lots of 5x7's and I matte and matte and matte...thin matts, thick mats, thin again etc....
     
  7. Twigs

    Twigs <font color=deeppink>DIS Cast Member<br><font colo

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    When I mat a photo it depends on whether I am using a colored or patterned paper as a wallpaper. In those cases I usually only use one color under a picture, sometimes 2. If it is a white background I usually use 2 colors to mat the photo. To use more than that it would have to be a special picture that I was using and I probably wouldn't have too many other elements on the page, and that happens VERY rarely with me.
     
  8. WDWAurora

    WDWAurora <font color=teal>I may not be Peter's Tink, but I'

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    This is interesting to read, because I was looking at the rules for one of the swaps and it said that 3 colors should be involved in the mats and since I always use colored or patterned paper, 3 layers just seemed crazy to me! Two layers seems normal, as does one, but three for all the ones in the swap just seemed over the top. Glad that the 1-2 layers seems more "standard."
     
  9. piratesmate

    piratesmate <font color=red>Drah-gun! I don't do that tongue t

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    Double matted - I consider something double matted if there are 2 layers under the primary focus of the element. If it's a really neat sticker, Jolee item or even a brad, then 2 colors under it is double matted. I tend to do more double matting of "things" on the page rather than the photos, but it all depends. But I can't think of a time I'd ever use 3 colors! That's just too much IMHO!

    When I use CM pages - or any plain, white page - I almost always double mat my photos. Otherwise it's too bland. However, I like to wallpaper. Then I just mix it up & tend to double mat special or my favorite photos on the page.

    I recently did some heritage recipe albums for Christmas gifts. I did wallpaper the pages, but they were a combo of CS & PP. For photos/elements on the CS I used some of the PP as one of the mats and tended to double mat. For the things on the PP I used only one CS mat for the most part, but I was using a Fiskars lace corner rounder - so there was added interest there.
     
  10. bubbasmom99

    bubbasmom99 <br>Disney Obsessed<br><font color=red>I know you

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    I love the Perfect Layers too!

    I consider "double-matted" (like in swap descriptions) to mean two layers of cardstock/paper. However, I rarely double mat my photos... I usually single mat them. Other page elements, like journal boxes & deco squares and tags are double matted.

    I don't use plain background pages, though, so sometimes I don't mat my photos at all.... I have strips of paper or blocks of paper as background, but not necessarily centered on the photo.
     
  11. Sandy22

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    I never mat using more than 2 colors - and that goes for both paper scrapping and digital scrapping. I think any more than 2 colors/layers would draw attention away from the picture I was matting.
     
  12. JudithM

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    Spinning, good question ... I don't mat everything - sometimes I mat each photo on a page or maybe I mat the one or tow photos I want to jump out or maybe no matting at all :). I usually just mat with one paper/one layer, but sometimes it is two. I never thought about more than two though although I did read about it in a swap here.
     
  13. nicki dahling

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    I tend to mat in layers of two. Usually on the focus picture and then 1 layer of mat for the others or no mat at all. I can't think of many times where I have triple matted an element. That's a lot of paper and since most of my albums are cm that's a lot of weight on my refill pages. Especially since I wallpaper in most cases.

    Cyndi
     
  14. GrayFal

    GrayFal I am REALLY over-vacationed this year ... well, EV

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    Occasionally, to make a picture really 'pop' - I have double matted....but usually only single. Sometimes I find the wider, double mat will 'calm' down a very busy or colorful picture.
    I also like to use several papers on the page - maybe tearing or angling a diferent colr across a PP - and then I don't mat at all.
    Triple seems like overkill - have never seen it in all my scrolling thru '2Peas' gallery.
     
  15. pattyT

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    :teeth: Your going to make me buy that aren't you :teeth:

    I have rarely done up to 4 matts...
    but that was a single picture layout with a black background and I wanted to make that picture just POP

    usually one, ocassionally 2.
     
  16. Spinning

    Spinning <font color=deeppink>Give me a chunk of something

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    Yep Patty you need magic layers. I think someone else is also selling it, Stampin' up maybe. It was a home sales person at a crop.
    I have to say I love it!
     
  17. piratesmate

    piratesmate <font color=red>Drah-gun! I don't do that tongue t

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    Are you bringing yours to the Feb crop? I'd love to see it in action. :teeth:
     
  18. GrayFal

    GrayFal I am REALLY over-vacationed this year ... well, EV

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    Didn't you guys get it online someplace...sounds like I really need this...Deb, :confused3 wha da ya think???
     
  19. dreams91

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    I think they got it at QVC.com, if my memory is correct... ::yes::
     
  20. Spinning

    Spinning <font color=deeppink>Give me a chunk of something

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    Oh yes it will be with me at the crop! Like I said it is my favorite tool! I love it!
    I got it at QVC during their big scrap week. I think it was about $25 including shipping!
    I'll bring hopefully if I remember both knives so you can try it. I think it makes your matts look so nice. They are always even. I only screw up every once in awhile and get a little curve....
    I can't cut a straight line to save my life even with a paper trimmer...so this is prefect for me!
     
  21. piratesmate

    piratesmate <font color=red>Drah-gun! I don't do that tongue t

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    Cool! I can't wait! :teeth:

    I can usually cut the lines straight, but my problem is sticking them together evenly. LOL

    I realized the other day that I have a problem with my 12" trimmer. :rolleyes: I still use my big rotary Fiskars - definitely not something to bring along to a crop. I may have to cut pieces before I come. I can't see buying a 12" trimmer just for crops, as I really like my rotary. :confused3
     

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