To follow up the post about creating your own botanical prints, I thought I'd talk about framing prints. You can obviously by frames that are already made. This practice can be inexpensive and quick. To dress it up a bit, I suggest you buy a frame about 3-4" larger on both height and width of your print and use a matte to enhance it. A matte is simply a thick board in various colors and often textures used between the print and the frame. Another option is to have one of the frame-it shops create a custom frame for you. This will cost you more but give you a much better end result. You may also choose to compromise and get the supplies at the frame-it shop but put it all together yourself. Since they supply all the materials and tools, it's not too difficult. Here's what you'll need:
1) Pick your print.
2) Select the frame you want.
3) Choose the matting you prefer. The people at the shop can help you both select the right type and size. You should at least use one in a color that complements - but doesn't fight - your print. The inside of the matte where the print shows through show be beveled cut (on an angle). I also like to use a second matte - also bevel cut - where just a small amount (no more than 1/4") shows between the print and the top matte. This matte should also be in a complementary color to the print yet contrasting to the top matte. Mattes come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures so you can really enhance your print.
4) Get non-glare glass. This protects the print.
5 Use backing. This finishes the back of the print with non-acidic, archival paper.
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By using these framing elements, you can truly create a print that is stunning and enhances the room's decor.