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12/19/2017

How to Double-Mat a Print

Written by Sarah Jones

Today, I’m going to show you how to double-mat a print using a mat cutter. So, we start off with the outer mat and then move onto the inner mat. The outer mat is the mat that you’re going to see more of, so usually that’s the mat with the most color. The inner mat is usually a neutral color.

Outer Mat

  1. Cut your mat board to size (slightly smaller than the frame)
    1. Use your straight-edge blade cutter
  2. Determine the mat size opening
    1. Frame Width – Print Width / 2 = Inches on the left and right side of your print
    2. Frame Height – Print Height / 2 = Inches on the top and bottom of your print
  3. Draw the cut lines on the back of the mat with a pencil
  4. Carefully cut the lines with the mat facing down
    1. Scrap mat underneath
    2. Use your beveled mat blade cutter
    3. Don’t cut past the lines
    4. Don’t toss the inside square that you just cut out

Inner Mat

  1. Cut your mat board to size (slightly smaller than the outer mat)
  2. Adhere your inner mat board to the back of the outer mat
    1. Use permanent spray adhesive
  3. Use double-sided tape to temporarily place inner square back inside the outer mat
  4. Draw the cut lines on the back of the mat with a pencil.
    1. Frame Width – Print Width / 2 + .25 = Inches on the left and right side of your print
    2. Frame Height – Print Height / 2 + .25 = Inches on the top and bottom of your print
  5. Carefully cut the lines with the mat facing down
    1. You don’t need a scrap mat for this one
    2. Remove the square from the outer mat

There’s your finished double-mat! To attach your print, simply flip the mat over, center the print in the opening, and adhere the corners of the print to the mat with printer’s tape. Now, your print is matted and ready to pop in your frame and hang on your wall.

Thanks for watching! If you have any questions about how to mat your prints, please let me know in the comments.

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