Have you ever wanted to frame something that’s two-sided and the back is as important as the front and needs to be viewable? That’s not a problem; we can create an opening in the back of the frame to reveal the reverse of the item as we did with these postcards. We chose two vintage postcards to frame as samples. I love old postcards, not only for their artistic value, but for the messages that are written on the back. They are a glimpse into a time gone by, and never fail to capture my imagination.
The postcards are encapsulated in a clear polyester film to protect them. The attachment we use to secure the cards touches the film; not the cards.
For this project, Evan chose a soft yellow-green mat with a solid core bevel for the inner mat. The color blends beautifully with the colors in each image. For the top mat he chose a deep green, closely woven fabric mat that’s in keeping with the style of the images. He added a beautiful cherry veneer filet between the mats. The frame is also a cherry veneer with an old-fashioned “roping” motif around the outer edges. The veneer, together with the color and style of the frame, lend a nice vintage feel.
Now to the back.
Evan cut a mat with two openings so that the backs of the cards can be viewed. This mat is protected with a sheet of acrylic glazing; acrylic is used because it adds very little to the weight of the frame. Since the back of the frame will be viewed occasionally it has to be beautiful as well, so Evan finished the back with a mat that has a complimentary vintage feel, and he used a two point hanging system because we would not want a wire distracting when viewed.
This method is great for so many other things. For instance, there are times when needlework must be viewable from the back; this is especially true when the item will be entered into a juried show or a competition. This method is also a great way to frame letters or photos with information on the back.
Bring us your idea and we’ll come up with a great solution for you.