Sizzix Tips | How to Cover Matboard with Paper by Eileen Hull

Hi everyone, it's Eileen Hull here to share with you some great Sizzix Tips for how to cover matboard with paper before cutting with Sizzix ScoreBoards dies! Has the cold weather been keeping you inside? I have been hunkered down in my studio trying to re-organize but every time I start going through my stuff, I find exciting things I have to play with. Needless to say the cleaning has fallen by the wayside but I'm sure none of you know anything about that, right?

Speaking of fun stuff, I design ScoreBoards dies for Sizzix. Have you tried one? ScoreBoards are dies designed specifically to cut and score THICK materials like Matboard and chipboard- up to 1/16". These dies are unique to Sizzix so you won't find them anywhere else!

I am here with a quick Sizzix Tips video tutorial on how to cover matboard with paper.

The dies used in the video are from my latest collection, Vintage Kitchen.

659876- Recipe Crad Box

Here is the Recipe Card Box Sizzix ScoreBoards die...

659870- Recipe Card & Label

...the Recipe Card & Labels Sizzix Bigz die...


...and the Kitchen Labels Sizzix Framelits dies.

There are a few ways you can add paper to matboard including gluestick and wet adhesives, but here is my personal favorite:

  1. Trim paper to cover matboard piece. A 6" x 12" sheet usually works perfectly!
  2. Use spray adhesive to coat the back side of the paper
  3. Position the paper on a sheet of Little Sizzles Matboard (matboard is the same on either side-there is no right or wrong)
  4. Place the matboard with the PAPER SIDE DOWN on the die
  5. Run entire piece through the Big Shot with ScoreBoards die of your choice

You will get perfect results with this system. When you run it through the machine, the rollers fuse the paper to the matboard which ensures your paper will not come off.

I peel the paper off each tab before assembling the project. The reason is sometimes the adhesive on the paper will peel away at stress points where the project is joined so I like to adhere matboard to matboard for the best hold.

If you want to add paper to the inside of the project too, you can do that but it is better if you use a lightweight paper as the joints get bulky or the papers warp if you try to add something too heavy. However, a paper such as copy paper, book pages or tissue paper works fine!

The other option for covering the inside of the project is to die cut the paper separately from the matboard. At each score line, trim a small border off each piece to allow for the joins and then adhere separately to the inside of the box.

You can also adhere the paper on the matboard with a glue stick or wet glue but I feel I get the strongest hold with spray adhesive.

Please make sure to visit my blog every Tuesday to see what my amazing Inspiration Team has created. I hope you will LIKE me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for behind the scene looks at works in progress. Subscribe to my YouTube channel too for more video tutorials...

Thanks for stopping by!

Eileen Hull


Other Supplies Used:

  • Patterned paper
  • Aleen's Tacky Spray
  • Velcro Wafer Thin Fasteners
  • Therm-O-Web ICraft Adhesive

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12 thoughts on “Sizzix Tips | How to Cover Matboard with Paper by Eileen Hull”

  • Janet

    Thank you for doing a video tutorial. I am a visual learner so I appreciate it very much. QUESTION: Did you use mat board when you made the cards you put inside the box? They looked a little thick so I was just wondering.

  • trishreddick

    Your box is wonderful Eileen! I love being able to cut thick materials with these dies. They are going on my wish list!

  • Rosetta Jenkins
    Rosetta Jenkins Feb 19, 2015 at 08:10 am

    OMG Eileen!You know that I'm a fan! I have a collection of your dies ever since that first one I bought which was the suitcase die. Love the idea of the box with the cards in there. And the pictures! Thank you for the idea of the spray adhesive with ventilation. So quick. Great project!

    • Eileen Hull

      Hi Ro- good to see you! Thanks for watching and being a great fan :-) Yes, the spray adhesive is very quick and I am all about that... See you on FB! Congrats on your daughter's graduation BTW!

  • Aida Haron

    Thank you for this timely post Eileen ! I get many questions about this and can now point them to these tips.

  • Jean Bullock

    I love this die. Great tutorial video. Now I have to get me some spray adhesive, lol.

  • contadinak

    What great ideas for the recipe box, Eileen! When my niece and nephews visit, they will go home with one of these so they can preserve the memories we make. Love your video!

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