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Black and White Tulips Matted Art for the Inventor


Black and White Tulips Matted Art
Regena, Artistic Guide

Finished size:  11" x 14”

Vase with Tulips (Inkadinkado)
Paper Texture Cube (Stampendous)
Tapestry (Great Impressions) 
8.5" x 11" matte coated white cardstock (Marco’s Paper)
12" x 12" Black Glimmer cardstock (The Paper Company)
Coal Black Ancient Page ink (Clearsnap)
11" x 14" White on Black Mat  with 2 two 5" x 7" openings (Michaels)
11" x14" acid-free foam board or mat board, for backing (Michaels)
HermaFix Tape Runner (EK Success)
Scotch brand paper adhesive (3M)
Heat Gun (Milwaukee)
Black marker (Tombow)
Black and White Epoxy Stickers (Studio G)
Brad Combos Black/White (Making Memories)
Black and White flowered Ribbon (Dashes, Dots and Checks- Michaels)
Cutterbee scissors (EK Success)
.125” Hole punch
Paper Trimmer (Fiskars)
Optional: 11 x14” frame (Michaels)


  1. Cut an 8.5" x 4.5" piece from the matte coated white cardstock.  Stamp the vase with tulips in the top left corner and the ‘dots’ side of the paper texture cube on the right half of the paper with coal black ink as shown in the photo.  Dry with the heat gun.
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  3. On the remaining piece of the white matte cardstock, stamp the tapestry image twice across the width of the cardstock .   Set aside to dry (or dry with the heat gun). This will be the bottom half of the background panel inside the mat opening.
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  5. Tightly trim the tulips to a 3.25" x 4.75" panel.  Edge the panel by carefully pressing each side onto the black ink pad.  Layer this panel with a 3.75" x 5.25" panel of the black glimmer cardstock . Edge the black panel with the black inkpad also.  Set aside.
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  7. Cut the ‘dots’ and tapestry background panels into two 4.5" x 5.5" pieces.   Cut a 5.5" length of the flower ribbon.  Put the two long edges of the background panels together.    Secure the seam with the ribbon and a few dots of the paper adhesive (or with a tape runner). 
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  9. Check the mats to see if they are attached.  Normally they’re not, so you’ll need to put some glue just around the edges and put them back together before the next step.
  10. Adhere the background panel to the mat opening with a thin line of the paper adhesive across the top of the back of the opening only, approximately .25” from the edge.  Note: Do not put glue the whole way around the opening. Securing only at the top will allow for normal expansion/contraction of the piece over time. 
  11. Center the mat over the panel with the top edge of the ribbon at 3.5" from the top of the opening (panel bottom is approximately .875" from the bottom bevel edge).  Press down on the top edge for a few seconds to let the glue set.
  12. Attach a large black and white brad from the Making Memories set to the bottom right corner of the tulips panel.  Add two epoxy stickers to the bottom left corner. 
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  14. Cut four 3" pieces of the ribbon to make a ‘bow’.  Fold each piece in half and secure with the paper adhesive.  Glue them above the top left corner as shown and put a .75" epoxy sticker in the center. 
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  16. Cut two 16" and two 13" lengths of the flower ribbon.  Attach to the front right side and across the bottom of the mat, with the paper adhesive, as shown.  Mine are about .25" apart.  
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  18. Attach the excess ribbon to the back. You can also add something to the little space created by the intersecting ribbons if you’d like.  (That idea came to me after I took all the pictures and scans!)
  19. Attach the backing  (foam board or mat board) with adhesive around the back edges of the finished mat.
  20. Sign your masterpiece!  Frame and hang it for all your friends and family to admire!

Bonus idea: Complete steps 1 through 4. Trim to fit a 5" x 7" note card and send to a friend!

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1 Responses »

  1. great step through! Thanks!