Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fancy Full Page Mat or Frame from a Border

There are a lot of wonderful border designs on the Reminisce Accents cartridge.  With Design Studio or the Gypsy you can transform some of these borders into fancy full page mats or frames.

Here is a screen shot of the keypad showing the border element I used for this design.

By carefully aligning the corners of the design I was able to quickly create a frame.

The slightly bolder center lines on the virtual mat are very handy for helping you to create a symmetrical design.  In the screen shot above you can see the preview of the welded frame on a blank page.  By previewing the design on a blank page you will see exactly what will be cut with no confusion between dark and light lines in the design.

In order to create a solid mat with the border edges you need to add a square to the center of the frame.  If you add the square after you have placed all four sides of the frame you will need to "burp" the design by copying, deleting and then pasting back one side of the frame.  This will make the weld work correctly.  If you are not familiar with "burping" you can watch a video I did about welding in a frame that will show you all of the steps.  Here is a LINK to the post with the video.

I sized the square at 7 1/2 inches for the interior of this frame.  You need to be sure that the square is slightly larger than the opening and that it doesn't interfere with the cut out designs in the frame.

I had these sequin flowers on my craft island  (from the Creative Charms "Deal of the Month" for August) and I thought they would look pretty as the centers of the flowers.  I alternated the blue and pink colors around the frame.

I only did one test cut but I added a black square to the center of the mat for this photo so you can see how the frame cut would look.  There are separate pages in the file for the frame or the mat.

The only cartridge needed to cut this file is the Reminisce Accents cartridge (one of the two exclusive Creative Memories cartridges).  You can get more information about these cartridges and read my review at THIS POST.

This is a simple design to create and I encourage you to try making your own file.  You could make it much smaller to use as a card topper or medallion.  If you would like to try my file, you can download it at the link below.

Daisy Eyelet Frame

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  1. Beautiful! Thanks for the info, I have never tried to do this but it is interesting that it can be done. TFS!

  2. What a wonderful design. I love doing full page mats like this, each one is so unique and this is one of the prettiest I have seen.

  3. alrightdi, it's me again. what a beautiful mat! i made this and have it up on my mat right now and burped all four sides. is this why i'm getting the solid line on the inside when i preview? i added the 7 1/2"square from george, but 'that line' is there. i've burped everything. mabye i shouldn't have???

  4. Hi Kat,

    Burping has to do with the order in which the design elements are added to the mat. You need to work from the center out for the welds to preview correctly. You also need to be sure that your center square is large enough that it extends into the border pieces (there needs to be an overlap for the weld to be created). One more thing - be sure you have actually checked weld on all of the pieces (I don't think this your problem because you would see color in the preview if weld was not checked).

    If you are having problems with the preview and it looks like the center will be cut out here is another way to do it.

    Start a new mat and copy and paste the pieces on to that mat. First the square and then the four sides. Turn off the preview on the problem page and preview the new page on a blank mat. You should be rid of that pesky interior cut.

    I hope that helps - let me know.

  5. my problem was solved. i forgot to weld the 7 1/2" square. funny how 'little oversights' like these will cause drama! thank you diane, you're a genious!


  6. This is beautiful! Thanks for the info.

  7. Love this mat frame. The more I see of this cart, the more I love it. Just wish it wasn't so expensive. Especially after PC released so many carts of late.

  8. beautiful. I'm on the fence about this cart. I wish I was better with my Gypsy or DS to make these designs... ugh..you make it look so easy. thanks for your posts.

  9. Mary - Biker GrannyAugust 20, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    Wow! I just LOVE this mat! Beautiful and very creative; thanks for sharing.

  10. This is another beautiful mat, I love your instructions they are so easy to follow.
    Kim xXx


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