Double Matted Frames

by Dina Kowal

Accent your focal image with a double-matted frame and border.


  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • 2 or more shape dies which are able to nest together (Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Labels 1 and 3, and We R Memory Keepers Nesting Hexagon dies used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Repositionable adhesive
  • Low-tack tape to secure dies when cutting
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: watercolor paper, Tacky Glue, grosgrain ribbon, Countryside Bouquet digital stamp from Power Poppy, 2Berry Creative twine, Scor-Pal, Embossing Arts beach themed cube stamp, Inchie Art Square, sentiment stamps (Power Poppy, Heart & Soul Rubber Stamp Co.))


  1. Step 1

    For a double matted frame, prepare 2 cardstock layers, one at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and one at 4" x 5 1/4".

  2. NOTE:
    Measurements given are for a standard A2 card, but can be adjusted to any size. Cut largest panel to desired size of base; cut the layering panel 1/4 less in each direction.

  3. Step 2

    Center the smaller panel atop the larger one, and use repositionable adhesive in the center of the panel to keep them together temporarily. An even border should show around the edge.

  4. Step 3

    Choose two shaped dies that fit one inside the other. Determine where you will position them on your card.

  5. Step 4

    Set the larger die aside. Tape the smaller of the 2 dies in place using low-tack tape.

  6. Run the panels through the die cut machine together, cutting completely through both panels at once.

  7. Step 5

    Remove the die and cut out portions. These pieces can be used for another project.

  8. Step 6

    Separate the two panels and set the larger one aside.

    Position the larger nesting die around the cut opening on the smaller panel and tape the die in place.

    Die cut as usual.

  9. Step 7

    Center and adhere the two panels together.

  10. Step 8

    Complete the card.

  11. Step 9

    To add more than 2 matted layers, cut as many panels as your choice of dies. Cut, layer, and temporarily adhere the panels together as above.

    IF working with multiple layers, ensure that the die will be able to cut through, and the thickness will not be a hardship for your die cutting machine. Use thinner paper rather than cardstock if cutting through more than 2 layers.

  12. Step 10

    Ensure that the dies will fit on the card front by laying them out on the panels first.

  13. Tape the smallest die in place and cut through all layers of the card front.

  14. Step 11

    Remove the cutout and the die.

    Remove the bottommost layer.

  15. Continue to the next largest die, centering it around the opening. Tape in place and die cut.

  16. Step 12

    Repeat the above step until all panels have been cut.

  17. Step 13

    Center and adhere the panels together.

  18. Step 14

    Complete the card.



  1. Instead of using two similar shapes, choose two different shapes that fit together.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Double Matted Frames. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you Dina!! I love this framed look and your painting is always so delightful to see ♥
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 2:41 AM
I love the look. Thanks for detailing the steps for us!
Bette  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 3:53 AM
I am confused about Step 4 on this tutorial. I'm not seeing just how you cut the second oval. If you put them both on at the same time, how do you line them up so the cut correctly and only through the one you want. I'm really confused on this step. Can you clarify it more?
Trish Kane  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 6:07 AM
Never mind!!! I got it. Love this technique!
Trish Kane  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 6:09 AM
I like the simplicity of this look, as well as the strength of color it provides for a card, much like a double mat does for a photo or painting that is larger. I just need to remember to work from the bottom up, not top layer down for sizing the dies! Thanks for such a clear explanation and the variations with 3 dies and mixing styles/shapes!
Diane aka ciocidi  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 7:32 AM
Dini, Another excellent tutorial - always clear and concise. I like that you don't speak too quickly, giving my old brain time to soak up what you're demonstrating. I admit I play them over again when I'm ready to do the technique. I'll be doing this one right away - I need four b-day cards for September. Your cards are beautiful! Thank you.
Melanie  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 7:46 AM
You make every thing look so easy and you give such good instructions. Thanks.
Beverly Parkison  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 7:51 AM
Thanks for this video Dina--you have inspired me! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 7:52 AM
These are wonderful! Thanks for a great tutorial.
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 8:08 AM
Excellent tutorial and beautiful cards!
Glenda Giguere  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 8:18 AM
Great tutorial, Dina, and I love that you used three different shapes and multiple layers! Beautiful cards with wonderful coloring! Thanks and hugs!
CherylQuilts  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 9:20 AM
As always, your cards are beautiful and your instructions detailed and clear.

A question, though, about your watercolor image. You indicate that you used a digital stamp. How did you get it to print on watercolor paper? Do you have a special professional-grade printer? I have an HP Officejet and and HP Laserjet, and neither will handle watercolor paper. What's your secret?
Judy (blueheron)  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 11:35 AM
What a wonderful technique....thank you Dina!!!
Will certainly be using this for some of my cards!!!
Paper Hugs,
Janet Castle  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 11:39 AM
Beautiful cards and technique. I'll definitely use this one. TFS!
Pat Mayne-Schlachtun  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 4:49 PM
I have an Epson printer and it will not feed the watercolor paper either. bummer. I love it for everything else, however.
Roberta Salamon  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 8:52 PM
My printer is a Canon Pixma and it took the heavier watercolor paper - have you tried a lighter weight, like 90#?
dina  |  Wed Aug 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM
Hi Dina, I love your tutorial, what a great idea, why didn't I think of that!!! that is why we have lovely lady's like you to show us. Cheers Anna.
Anna Kluytmans  |  Thu Aug 13, 2015 at 12:33 AM
I will definitely try the lighter weight. Thanks a lot.
Roberta Salamon  |  Thu Aug 13, 2015 at 6:34 AM
Thanks for the info on the watercolor paper Dina--at the stores around where I live I have only seen the 140# paper. I'll keep an eye out for 90# (didn't know it came in that weight).
Judy (blueheron)  |  Thu Aug 13, 2015 at 9:19 AM
Wonderful, thank you for sharing.
Thomas Kochi  |  Mon Aug 17, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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