Opening on the Back of Frame

Hannah R

Grumbler in Training
Jun 27, 2024
Laurel, MS
Caron Gallery Laurel
I am framing a card, and the customer wants both sides of the card to be visible. The front will be matted behind glass, and he wants there to be an opening in the back of the frame so he can see the writing on the card. Any suggestions on how to do this? I'm thinking about cutting a mat with an opening for the back side, should I put glass in the back too? My frame does not have a deep rabbet depth, so I can't stack too many layers. All suggestions are welcome!
Yes, glaze both sides, you could use acrylic for the back (or both sides); encapsulate the card so there are no hinges to conceal.

Otherwise suggest making a copy of the reverse and frame the card as normal.
ideally, yes. cut an opening mat for the back as well and a second piece of glass(or acrylic). be gentle shooting points if using glass because you can easily break it. I usually hide my points with a mat cut to the edges of the frame and glued or stapled on like a dust cover
We usually do as Mary Beth stated.
Occasionally we will cut backer (mat, foam, or other, and attach a clear sheet of mylar to it. We can then either leave the leave the backing visible, or paper it, with a hole cut in the paper.
When using a nail gun directly against glass, I will usually place a sheet or two of paper on the glass for the nail to slide on. Then remove the paper.
Thanks for all your help! Here's the final result


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Just to add another idea here. This is how I fit between-glass projects.


I use 1/8" Econospace (black or clear) and 1/2" 20 gauge brads.
You can insert them into the spacers before sticking the spacers in place and squeezing the brads flush to the spacer.
This process is quick and easy, avoids painting spacers or using sticky tapes, and gives a neat, professional-looking result.

:cool: Rick