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Frame with Velvet Ribbon Mat

A treasured photograph requires a presentation every bit as special as its subject. In this project, executive creative director Eric Pike explains how he uses velvet ribbon and glassine to fashion a mat for some of his favorite pictures.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Archival glassine paper

  • Utility knife

  • Velvet ribbon

  • Picture frame

  • Rotary cutter

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Ruler


  1. Make a glassine backing for the ribbon mat: Trace around the frame's glass onto a sheet of glassine. Use the ruler to draw the inside edge, making the mat slightly narrower than the width of the ribbon. Cut out the base using the utility knife.

  2. Cut strips of ribbon longer than the glassine mat, and lining up the outside edges of the ribbon with those of the mat, affix the ribbons to the glassine with drops of glue, avoiding the corners. The ends of the ribbon will overlap each other.

  3. Use the ruler and the rotary cutter to score the ribbon at a 45-degree angle at each corner; cut along scored lines with scissors, taking care not to cut through the glassine.

  4. Glue cut corners of ribbon to glassine. Let glue dry; place mat in frame, between glass and the photo.

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