Custom framing is soooo expensive!
Even when you take advantage of deals at the frame shop, a typical framing job will cost you a bundle.
I found this great website that has a princing estimator built in: https://www.framebridge.com/pricing
I ran the numbers for a 16 x 20 print….
Here at Sweetwater, I have found a way to mat and frame things without spending this kind of money.
Sometimes you have to spend some money to save some money.
This post is all about that!
A few (or maybe many) year ago, I invested in a professional mat cutter like this one.
Okay…..$220 seems like a lot of money…..but remember how much ONE 16 x 20 picture cost?
You also need to buy matboard and frames.
I buy matboard at Dick Blick. A 32 x 40 inch piece costs between $8 and $10 depending on how fancy it is…..
I buy my frames at the thrift store. The array is pretty amazing. You look at the FRAME not the ugly art that is in there.
Any new tool can seem intimidating…..but once you learn the basics….you can mat and frame your piece in less than 30 minutes.
So let’s get started on the tutorial!
I was “just gonna” go down to the craft room and do a step by step photo shoot for you….
And then I realized that….hmmm…..somebody probably already did that on YouTube!
Watch this and see how it is done!
(this is the link if the video doesn’t load) https://youtu.be/PT1n0r_87tQ
It really isn’t that difficult after you have practiced a bit.
Now the fun begins!
With a few pieces of mat board and some thrift store frames….the sky is the limit!
Gallery style display of photos taken by the Sweetwater Son.
More Minneapolis themed art….would you believe that I actually took the top photo….good for me!
These are just a few of the ways I have used the ability cut custom mats….
Now that people know that I have the mat cutting system…they come over and either mat their own things or let me do it for them.
I always tell folks….”I MAT FOR WINE”….
Hope this inspires you to spend some of your crafting or decorating budget on a mat cutter….you will be glad you did.
Have a Wonderful Day!