Save Money, Cut Your Own Picture Mats!

Happy Monday Folks! Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter to win a free stamp from About Art Accents, you just need to leave a comment on last Tuesday’s post for a chance to win and I will pick a name tomorrow! Now on to today’s tutorial! Have you ever purchased a mat for a picture at a craft store and wish you could have had a more custom size or paid a framer an ungodly amount to cut one custom for you? If so watch my 5 minute video to see how easy it is to cut your own picture frame mats:

All you need is mat board, it comes in 20″x32″ or 32″x40 sheets, you can buy it at a art/craft sore or order in online and save a couple of bucks per sheet. A Logan 2000 push style cutter (about $20, buy a pack of blades while you are at it), a craft knife for strait cuts, a metal yard stick ($2 at the hardware store),a pencil and a scrap of cardboard to cut on.

The best thing about cutting your own mats is that you get just the size you want. Also you can cut smaller mats from the scraps! If you are selling your paintings or photographs or storing them for a long tome you can slip them into clear acid free bags like I did here, then they go right into my print rack for art/craft fair sales. cha-ching!

DCF 1.0

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

15 thoughts on “Save Money, Cut Your Own Picture Mats!

  1. Thanks Lindsay! I’ve always wondered how to cut a matte frame. You make it look very easy. I think I’m going to buy some supplies and make my own from now on. I also like the tip to cut mattes in standard sizes to fit purchased frames. You just saved me tons of money! Thanks again.


  2. Super video and great tips!
    On another note, I just got a surprise in the mail in the form of the July 2013 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and found your great article on using glitter and then there was my watercolor stamped card! What a nice thing to find in the mailbox!


  3. In high school we had to mat our own projects & had a teacher who would grade us down if our mats weren’t up to professional standards. As an artist today I am grateful for that skill (back then…there was a lot of grumbling lol!) Thanks for showing a quick, easy way to get a professional look. & yes… fabric, book binding, archival tape…please don’t use the double sided adhesive that will yellow & eventually destroy your beautiful artwork.
    So glad to have stumbled on your blog. I’m now an avid reader!


  4. Useful. Not sure if you would have the same success as I did, but I went to my local framer and he lets me take as many of his offcuts as I want for free. 🙂 He tends to frame large pictures and doesn’t seem to save the centre of the very large mats that he cuts, just puts them in the skip! Some of these are really, really big – certainly large enough to use for matting even as big as an 8.5 x 11 item, with a good 4 inch border. I use them a lot for mini-book covers too. Might be worth a try – even if you had to pay a bit for them it would be cheaper than buying matts for sure. Now THAT’s frugal! 🙂



  5. Lindsay, I’ve perused your YouTube videos and don’t see a die-cut machine comparison… Have you done that yet?
    I am in the process of looking for a low-cost choice. Thanks!!


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