Transform your Photos with a Pretty Mat

Hello there, Catherine Scanlon here today to share some inspiration with you on how I transformed an ordinary, inexpensive picture frame with a plain, white mat into a gorgeous showcase for your wall or desk.

This was a pretty quick project that I created by making my own custom background paper using the Arabasque Flower Sizzlits, as well as a colorful floral embellishment using the  Moroccan Flowers Die Set with Stamps and a frame that lets me easily swap out the photo using the Moroccan Embossing Folder and the Tickets Framelits.

Sizzix Die Cutting Inspiration | Decorative Photo Mat by Catherine Scanlon

You could easily switch to a white on white color palette and create a stunning mat (also remember to switch out the frame to a white one) and give this as a wedding or bridal shower gift. Or maybe you would use pink or blue for a baby shower .... the possibilities are endless.  Whatever color and occasion you create your custom mat for it will be cherished by whomever you give it to, as they will appreciate that you took the time to make something so beautiful and special just for them!

Sizzix Die Cutting Inspiration | Pretty Photo Mat by Catherine Scanlon

Thanks for dropping by today, have a wonderful and creative day!



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6 thoughts on “Transform your Photos with a Pretty Mat”

  • Anna-Karin

    Beautiful project Catherine! The background looks so nice and I love the colours you used.

  • Janet Nelson

    I'm confused how you created the pieces for this pretty project. Do you have instructions?

  • Rosetta Jenkins
    Rosetta Jenkins Aug 19, 2013 at 06:43 pm

    Catherine: The frame is not's amazing!!

  • Jacquelene L

    It's beautiful. I need instructions and a list of the inks you used. I don't understand how you made the background. Was the mat already black and you die cut the Moroccan sizzlets from white paper and embossed and stamped, then placed them on the black background? A step by step tutorial or instructions would really be helpful. The project looks very beautiful and that it could be used in many ways.
    Jacquelene L

    • cmscanlon

      Hi Jacqueline, this project was so easy!

      1. First I determined the frame size and cut the black card stock to fit. This one came from Target and was 8x10.
      2. Then I used the Arabasque Flower Sizzlets to cut a stack of flowers from a neutral paper, I think it was some old paper from Basic Grey.
      3. I used a pencil/rule to draw a guide line in the center of the card stock.
      4. Added the flowers to create a simple grid using a small piece of adhesive in the center.
      5. To secure them permanently I used my sewing machine to stitch down the center of each row, both horizontally and vertically.
      6. Ink with a brown distress ink.
      7. To create the frame part, first I embossed the green card stock with the Moroccan embossing folder.
      8. To cut the center of the embossed paper out I used the Tickets Sizzlets.
      9. Next I create a black frame from two of the nesting Tickets and stitch the frame to the green card stock. Note: I had to cut layer the two tickets dies to cut the initial frame and then reposition the larger die to make the frame the same width on all 4 sides.
      10. For the assembly, I attached the green card stock to red patterned paper with a small piece of adhesive on the bottom and then stitched it to the black base on the sides and bottom only, I left the top open so I could slide my photo in.
      11. For the embellishment, first I stamped the Dena Designs Stamp on Cream card stock and added color with colored pencils, you could use what you like to color with.
      11. Then I die-cut the flower with the included Sizzlits and added it to the corner of the frame with 3D Dots.
      13. As a final touch I embellished it with the pearly swirlies. I think I put a rhinestone in the center of the stamped image to.

      Have fun and thanks for the sweet comments!

  • Laura Strack

    Catherine, This frame is gorgeous! I would love a video of the process. I definitely want to make this one!! Your creativity is amazing.

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