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Lace Picture Frame Mat

A photograph surrounded by a lace-printed mat is a charming hand-made gift.




We coated lightweight lace trim with brown ink, and pressed it against the mat to leave its fragile impression. The gift tag (pictured at bottom left in the photo) was made using the same method.


  1. Step 1

    Learn the lace-printing technique.

  2. Step 2

    Carefully apply strips of painters' tape to the four corners of a photo mat, so the edge of the tape runs from the inner corners to the outer corners, enabling you to create a mitered effect. On two sides of the mat, make pencil marks on the tape to serve as guides so you can position the lace in a straight line.

  3. Step 3

    Ink the lace and print borders on the two marked sides, using the technique described above. Peel off the tape while the ink is wet. Let dry 30 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Retape the four corners, this time exposing the other two sides of the mat. Repeat the process.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2007



Reviews (1)

  • AJeweltoCreate 20 Oct, 2011

    Use a colored mat and different inks for a different look. Even use lace glued on to the mat. Also Use left over lace to lay across or next to accent a picture. Lace can be found in many different colors, patterns and sizes. This idea can be used for scrapbooking, gift warping paper and walls with the right ink and sealant. Possibilities are almost endless.