make it special


Make It Special

Add A Creative Touch To Your Framing Project

What is a specialty mat cut?
Most mat openings are cut in a typical rectangle shape. Specialty mat cuts are unusual shapes or designs cut into the mat instead of the usual right angles. A carefully chosen specialty mat cut can creatively enhance the art. There are so many shapes from which to choose, how do you know which one is the right one? As with most framing designs, there is no one right answer.

We took the same art and added different mat cuts. Which one do you like best?

There are no bad options! It just depends on what you are trying to emphasize.


It has a feminine, vintage look.


Angle Array
It mimics the frills in the dress.


Camelback Flair
Its flowing lines match the dress.


It has a soft formal look.


Grecian Notch
It has a geometric formal look.


It has a bold, timeless look.

A specialty cut can…


…hide unwanted items in the image.


…add softness and warmth to an image.


 …mimic the feel of the image.

time period

…reflect a period of time.

Custom Specialty Cuts


What kind of specialty cut would add a creative spark to your art? We can do it!


We can create custom mat cuts for you based on your framing design needs. One customer wanted an extra touch to show the Sister’s devotion. A mat cut was designed to resemble a cross. Another custom cut was designed to emphasize and flow with the flames on the jacket.

Color Tip:

As you can see, a lot of specialty mat cuts require two mats, but you can play with the color for different effects. Use two layers of the same color for a subtle look. Or, make one layer much brighter than the other to highlight something in the art. There is no limit to how many mats can be used!

Design Preview

See it framed before you buy it! We know how hard it can be to make a decision from just a corner sample. But not anymore! We can show you what that corner sample will look like all around your art BEFORE you say yes. Let us show you!

We Print Art

No matter what size you need, we can print it for you. Just bring or email your digital file to us, and we will print your image in any size on paper, canvas, acrylic, or metal.