Watch Out. I Have a Mat Cutter, and I'm Not Afraid to Use It

Quite a few months ago, I bought a mat cutter at an auction.  It was completely a buy on chance.  I didn't know if all the pieces were there, but it looked new and I took a chance.  I had to order a blade for it, but then it was ready to go.  I just finally tried it out this past week.  I feel so empowered!!! I have a huge box of mat boards that I bought at a garage sale about two years ago so I can cut and practice all I want.  I can now do things that I never would have taken the time to take to a framer to have done....or let's be honest...spent the money to do.


My daughter painted a bunch of my old frames black for a project, but then abandoned the project....so I'm on a mission to use the frames.  I like that part of the work was done for me.  I took this photo of my son's hand next to his hand print in the concrete at my brother's house, showing how much his hand had grown since he pressed it there years back.


So, after I cut the opening for the photo, I then cut a small piece of mat board, but reversed it so the bevel went the other way. I used that piece to mount the text I wanted to add.


I typed the quote with one of my old typewriters on to a piece of wall paper that had a neat texture to it.  I sprayed a coat of matte finish over the text before I began messing with it just in case it would smear.


This watch graphic came from the The Graphics Fairy and seemed perfect for this project.  I printed it out on nice photo rag paper, backed it with a piece of card stock, then mounted it raised up with a couple of squares of mat board behind it.  Today, I'm linking this project up with The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday Post.  I love her freebies and all the wonderful projects that people use them in.  There is some serious creativity going on over there, so you'll have to go check it out!

This picture is now hanging upstairs in our bathroom.  I've been in the process of finally doing something with that bathroom after 13 years in our home.  Nothing fancy, but some fun things that I'll show you soon.

Happy Monday to you!

15 comments

  1. Wow what a great project...I think I would feel a bit "empowered" too if I had completed a cool project like this....Love it!!

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  2. I've been researching buying one, what brand did you get. You did a great job on mounting your picture. Loved your creativity!

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  3. Beautiful piece of art! So glad I stopped by!!

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  4. This is just precious. How clever, how cute, how sentimental. I love it!

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  5. Nice buy! Just think you can frame up some junk too! What a neat way to preserve a memory. Extra special project.

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  6. What a fabulous job you did on this!! How great that everything you needed, sort of found you along the way! I love how you used the pocket watch image, it looks great. Thanks so much for linking this one up for "Brag Monday".

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  7. What an awesome piece of original art!!

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  8. You certainly are not afraid to use it. Great job. I love it.

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  9. Fantastic!!! And so professional!!! The watch looks astounding too--awesome work, truly!
    Hugs,
    Cindy Adkins
    www.recoveryartist.com

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  10. You did a fabulous job! Love the photo. Love the quote. Love the frame and love the mat! You might have a new calling!
    Anna

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  11. Great job! Now, that's an awesome find and a helpful tool...

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  12. Excellent! You continue to amaze me with your talent and all your cool tools!!

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  13. Jill - as always - that is awesome!!! A matte cutter... oh my gosh - you are going to have SO MUCH FUN!!!

    I love this!!!

    ;-) robelyn

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  14. What a neat blog, I am glad I came to visit! Kerrie

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  15. I am in love with my matte cutter and the empowerment it instills in me, too! In college, the other students called me crazy for actually liking the part about matting our work. The professors, said, "Absolutely not; you may not matte other students' work for free or for fee...they must learn to do it on their own." Well...I'm not in college anymore...! :)

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