Some beginning card makers have a hard time combining colors in a
pleasing way. One way of addressing this problem is to minimize the
color choices. In week one we did this by using a single color or a
single sheet of decorative paper. This week we'll add another
color choice by matting clip-art and photos. What's interesting about the color
of a mat, is that it can both enhance the color of the image and
set the mood of the card.
A card mat is simply a piece of paper or cardstock a little larger than the clip-art or photo. The mat is used to create a frame
around the image. Its main purpose is to draw the eye to the image's focal point. If you plan to make cards regularly, it's convenient
to have mats pre-cut in a variety of colors. Letter-size colored paper cut into quarters or 12" by 12" scrapbook paper cut into six
4" by 6" mats work well. For a group or class, buy a ream of colored paper in a variety pack—pastels, brights and darks. For home
cardmaking, it may be most economical to buy a pack of 6" by 6" or 4½" by 6½" cardstock in a variety of colors. For the best buy,
look for value packs of 100 sheets.
Clip-art is freely available on the internet. My favorite web site for downloading clip-art is:
Microsoft offers thousands of files for download and makes it easy to find just the right image. To find clip-art, enter a search
term like "dragonfly" and click the orange search button. On the left side of the screen, choose Media types - Illustration. Select a black and white image
and download it per instructions.
Clip art cards
Since this week is about matting and color choices, our first sample card features black and white clip art.
This makes the mat color choice very easy and allows for the easy introduction of
matting. After that we'll go on to learning
how to mat colored clip-art and photos.
Follow the steps below to make a black and white clip-art or photo card
then read on for how to select mats for colored clip art.