I started by drawing the outlines of a rectangular frame on cardstock. The outside measurement was 4 3/4" x 5 3/4" and the inside was 3/4". You want your pencils lines light enough to go back and erase later. Then I stamped and embossed the musical flourish around the inside of the frame, allowing some parts to extend outside the lines of the frame. I decided which parts of the flourishes that extended outside of the frame I wanted to keep. I used an Exacto Knife and metal ruler to begin trimming along the pencil lines, making sure not to cut off the part of the flourishes I wanted to keep. Then I used sissors to trim around the the parts that extended outside the frame. The I adhered this peice to the brown paper and began trimming to create a mat.