Tuesday, February 19, 2013

In the Matrix

In honor of "Club Stamp Stuff Sale Week," how 'bout a little blast from the past?

Technology might be getting cleverer and cleverer, but it doesn't beat the look, feel and love of a handmade card. Right?

Right.



We created this "Matrix" unmounted sheet a while back, and it's still one of my favorites for the following folks on my card list:

1. The techie.
2. The teen.
3. The boy.
4. The guy.
5. The guru.

Got a few of those?

Here's your cutting matrix, created specifically for this sheet of rubbah.

Oh, and a disclaimer. Once again, this is not for the weak of heart. Brave souls need only apply. Like, on a scale of 1-10, this is an 11. It's the cook's equivalent of making hollandaise from scratch. But you can do it.


  1. Trim an 8.5x11 sheet of smooth White Plain horizontally at 10.5, 8.75, 7, 5, and 2.75".
  2. Cut the 2.75x8.5 horizontally at 7.5, 5 and 2.5".
  3. Trim the 2.25x8.5 horizontally at 7.75, 7, 6.25, 5, 3.75, 2.5 and 1.25".
  4. Cut the 2x8.5 horizontally at 8, 6, 4 and 2".
  5. Trim one 1.75x8.5 horizontally at 8.25, 7.5, 6.75, 5.5, and 4.25"
  6. Cut the other 1.75x8.5 horizontally at 4.25".
  7. Trim the .5x8.5 horizontally at 4.25".


Next up, an 8.5x11 Black Plain.


  1. Trim an 8.5x11 sheet of Black Plain horizontally at 9.75, 7.75, 5.5, and 3".
  2. Cut the 3x8.5 horizontally at 8.25, 5.5 and 2.75".
  3. Trim the 2.5x8.5 horizontally at 7.5, 6.5, 5.5, 4 and 2.5".
  4. Cut the 2.25x8.5 horizontally at 7, 5.5, 4, and 2.25".
  5. Trim the 2x8.5 horizontally at 4.25"
  6. Cut the 1.25x8.5 horizontally at 4.25".


Phew! Next up, simply score 3 sheets of 8.5x11 Green and 2 sheets of 8.5x11 Red vertically at 4.25". Then, cut horizontally at 5.5" and fold in half on the score.

Now, the fun part. Grab your stamps and inks, and fit everything together onto a set of ten cards. And I'll just go ahead and check the teen, technie, guru, gadget guy, and birthday boys off my card-making list. I just love that circuit board stamp and used it every chance I got!








If your'e still actually reading this, make my day and leave a comment below. I'll give away a sheet of this Matrix beauty at the end of the week to one lucky person. Good luck!

 . . . . time to find my way outta the Matrix!
Tricia

54 comments:

  1. Oh Tricia Tricia Tricia, that is one heck of a set of cutting instructions!
    I may have to try it just for the challenge of it all! Great set of cards!

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  2. Great cards! Matrix is one of my favorites. In fact, I just posted a digi layout in the PSL using Matrix. ChrisR

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  3. Ultra cool and funny you should focus on Matrix. I have that digi kit open right now!

    AnnetteD

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  4. One of my go to stamp sets when I need a card for my guys.

    Love these cards Tricia!

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  5. Wow that is amazing Tricia.. you are always amazing with your creativity. Love it.
    Lisa C. Houston, TX

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  6. After slogging through economics homework, this is a cinch! I totally want to try this out.

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  7. Great instructions and love how your cards turned out! I have this set of unmounteds and use them all the time; so if my name is chosen, please RAK them to another person!

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  8. I just ASLB's my Matrix kit over yesterday and today.. it's like you read my mind! It's going to be in the Galeria later today.

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  9. I think that the Matrix brown is my favorite CS brown to date. Just love that color.
    Now about this card formula. Looks challenging - and I'm up for a challenge. But I think I will wait until AFTER PSL since I'm on a scrapbooking team.

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  10. Quite a challenge but that's the beauty of it. I WILL do this.

    ~Marlene

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  11. Oh man, I LOVE these stamps! Matrix is the collection that got me hooked on CS stamps and the rest is history. Can't wait to try out this sketch! PS - If my name is selected, I don't need these stamps but I'd sure love one of these great cards, hint, hint...

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  12. Like these! Was going thru alllllll my unmounteds last night and thought I just don't use these enough!

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  13. Wow, I have to turn off the tv and lock the door to make sure I cut this right! Looks like a real challange but I love the results! thanks Tricia

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  14. I always enjoy your art Tricia! And who doesn't like the Matrix?!

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  15. Love the card "layouts" that you've used and the colors/stamps from Matrix are great for unisex/all occasion cards FANTASTIC. :-)

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  16. Wow that is a lot of cutting, but the cards all look great and perfect for the Matrix kit.
    TFS,
    Cathy

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  17. Great ALCM design, and I love your cards! I wonder if I have this UM sheet ... off to investigate ...

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  18. I goofed up cutting on the one you did for the Peacock set but I still got some nice cards out of it. Maybe if I win this stamp set I will do a better job on cutting. Note to self don't cut after 9PM!LOL

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    1. And cut before cocktails. (Another helpful tip!)

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  19. I am going to try the cutting map. Love the cards!

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  20. Thanks Tricia. Great ideas for cards for my four grandsons, techies all.

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  21. Tricia -

    Love these cards - and, of course, I'm still reading! You work magic with paper and stamps, ink, and a cutting tool - may have to try these instructions just for the challenge - but I didn't bring any stamps to Switzerland with me - hmmm, how will I fill all that white space?

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  22. Lots of cutting...but the end results look great.

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  23. Sounds like an challenge to me! To mix movies, may the force be with you!!

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  24. Morpheus and Neo would be very proud of you!

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  25. Love these! Like Lucy I need to check and see if I have these stamps. They make great cards.

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  26. oooooh! thank you for the ideas. I have 2 of those techies right in my own family and always trying to think of new cards. Now, I have the b&bs for Matrix, but I could sure use those stamp UMs to go along with them? ;)

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  27. Wow, how did I miss this stamp set? Love the images and sentiments and these stamps would make terrific backgrounds for layouts too! Thanks for the template and ideas!

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  28. By the way, I haven't seen any announcements for giveaway winners and am wondering if they are posted somewhere? Thanks!! Always love your ideas and designs!

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    1. Hi, Karen! This giveaway is still "live" until the end of the week. The winners are usually announced in the comments of the same post once the drawing is over.

      Good luck to you!

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  29. I was already to make a set and realized the matrix stamp I had wasn't that one :(

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  30. Gorgeous! I wish I had that stamp set.

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  31. That is quite the set of instructions! Your cards turned out fantastic!

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  32. Awesome use of Matrix! Love having another set of cutting instructions. Thank you Tricia!

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  33. I'll save these instructions for after PSL.... busy making layouts these nights! LOL But.... this looks like a great set of cutting instructions!!

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  34. I have got to try this one, just to see if I can do it. Love, the matrix look; I would love to win this. Lura Wadman

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  35. Yes I agree - do not cut after cocktail hour.....always gets me - but I will try again tomorrow and maybe get it right. Thanks for the wonderful instructions and I will try and follow them more closey next time.
    Kathy M.

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  36. Oh how fun! This is a must do!

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  37. I would probably lose half of those cuts to the scrap space netherlands before I go finshed with the cards, those cutting directions look like I'd end up with bits of bits. LOL
    Not to challenge myself!

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  38. You've pushed the right button Tricia - I like a challenge like this cutting formula.

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  39. I love these cards... and now I'm wondering why it never occurred to me that this set would be great for both my retired computer geek Daddy and my computer geek brother! :)

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  40. Love the cards! Love ths blog!! It is full of inspiration, great techniques and motivation. After reading it, I always want to pull out my stuff and do something!

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  41. Love this latest set of cutting instructions. Whew! Certainly can't do this in a room full of scrsppers-I need to concentrate on this one. But I love that it's made for this stamp set. Thanks so much Tricia.
    Marian Biegel

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  42. love the cutting diagram
    great cards

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  43. These are great. I love how many of the stamps are actually used. Of course, if one added a stencil then heck, they would count for pal this week. Oh, I did that.
    Thanks for the great formula Tricia.
    Suzanne

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  45. Great batch of cards! Thanks for all the instructions and tips! I am a beginning card maker so always looking for ideas!

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  46. thanks for the MATRIX inspiration!!! -- i can't do rubberstamps cuz of NRLA, but i pulled out all things MATRIX (had full kit, PLUS!)... including the stencil (this week's PSL challenge!)... photos selected, plus a couple more scanned for resizing & printed... have one double-page layout all ready for assembly this am... then will do a full series using the ALSB for Matrix. since i had $ extra with this kit, i'll be able to do a few cards, too.

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  47. Wowzers...53 comments...that's a LOT of Matrix fans!

    So now the fun part...to pick a winner! And the winner of the Matrix Unmounted Stamp sheet is...comment #5 Lisa!

    Congratulations, Lisa...we'll be in touch about getting your prize to you. Thanks for playing along, everyone!

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