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Matboard corners


Grumbler in Training
Jul 1, 2018
Newbie here. I’m framing a large number of personal photos and family art. Cutting my own mats, mostly double mats. I would like to buy a lot of acid-free matboard corners from Crescent and Bainbridge, maybe others. Some colors, but I especially want a large number of “whites”, off-whites, neutrals, ivories, beiges, greys, etc. I would prefer to have corners, as opposed to small rectangular pieces. I would like advice on how to purchase these. I searched the site, but had trouble finding where this has been discussed previously. Appreciate any help.

Paul Cascio

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Oct 5, 2006
Mat samples (corners) are typically available only as sets.


SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Jul 16, 2007
Most suppliers will provide sets free, or for a minimal cost. That's if you have an account or they are satisfied
that you are a bona fide business user. Having said that, companies are not quite so picky nowadays. 🙂

Larson-Juhl (in the UK anyway) do mat samples in sets but you can get various color groups. If they are free then
get the whole lot and cherry-pick them.


WOW Framer
Forum Donor
Apr 5, 2008
Hi, lilredwagon. Welcome to the Grumble! :)

One thing it can be helpful to know is that 'acid-free' and conservation-quality can be different things. I used to have folks coming in with non-conservation mats, saying, 'But my framer told me they're acid-free.' For this reason, I started calling them 'wood-based paper mats' when designing. I'd explain that, even though it said that on the back, it only meant that buffers had been added, and over time, they'd wear out. (An example of this kind of mat would be the (Crescent 900's, etc...) I'm not a framing expert, so someone else might have a better name for it, but doing so helped me to make it clear for them. I would then show them conservation/preservation quality mats and explain the difference.

You might try sending the mat companies a note, asking for contact from a rep about ordering mats? It can take awhile, though. Took us a year and a half to get a replacement set from one of them. Another thing you can try is contacting the framing supply companies in your region. They can usually also get mat samples in, (and perhaps more quickly?). Good luck!


PFG, Picture Framing God
Oct 26, 2004
Newbie here.........................., but I especially want a large number of “whites”, off-whites, neutrals, ivories, beiges, greys,
Heads up Newbie: :beer:

I have been burned numerous times when I thought I had just the right matching color only to find out that in another room or under glass the "perfect match" wasn't so perfect.

Just to make you miserable, :icon19: Look up metamerism on the web.

Metamerism or metameric is a phenomenon of two colors matching under one lightsource like daylight (white light), but not matching under another light source, such aslight from an incandescent light bulb (yellowish light).

To be practical, in the design shop you can unfairly raise the customers expectations with too many samples or too much time to get it just right.

Just one of those things.
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Joe B

PFG, Picture Framing God
Forum Donor
Mar 29, 2008
Hello lilredwagon, One thing you may want to do is go to a frame shop with a CMC and have them cut the mat corners you need. It doesn't sound like you need a lot of colors so that may be one alternative to trying to get the exact mats from the mat manufacturers. I understand that to make a complete set of mat it cost the manufacturer, Crescent for example, approximately $300.00. That is one of the main reasons that they like to be sure that the people they send their samples to are actually someone in the business. I do know that there are a couple mat manufactures/distributors that do have color sets that may send just the set to you. Joe
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