Darken beveled mat edge w/black magic marker

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Howard J

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I have a customer who wants a black core mat-BUT- the mat color she picked out has been discontinued,therefore I found a mat the color she wanted and want to color the bevel edge black. I'm worried that the black would bleed onto the surface of the mat. Any suggestions?
 
Easy. Mask the area of the bevel off with 3M removable tape (don't know the number offhand) and lightly burnish it down. Cut you mat and the bevel will be perfectly masked off, since you cut through the tape.

Then carefully paint the bevel with acrylic paint. Let it dry a bit, peel off the tape and there ya go. Using acrylic paint istead of the marker is much more preservationally-minded and it won't fade like a marker will.
 
Thanks FramerDave-good plan.
 
Mask the area of the bevel off with 3M removable tape (don't know the number offhand)
#811 Tape


-Mike.
 
A neat trick for locating your 811 tape is to set your mat guide width, then put the mat in the cutter face-up. Lay the tape down right along the edge of the cutter bar. When you flip the mat over to the back to cut it, the cut will be just within the taped area. This is because of the geometry relating to the thickness of the board relative to the blade insertion point. Brian Wolf taught this trick in one of his workshops, and referred to the phenomenon as "almost profound". Love that guy.
:cool: Rick
 
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