Here's a small piece I created out of a playbill and tickets from Ashland's own Oregon Shakespeare Festival. These particular items are from shows I saw with my mom last summer on her annual visit.
Using the design software with my computerized mat cutter, I created a separate opening for each item: the playbill and both tickets. Next, I adjusted the angle of the ticket windows, then merged them into a single opening. Finally, I centered the openings and set the borders.
I used two sheets of alpha-cellulose conservation matboard from Crescent. The top mat is a high-gloss black (similar to the playbill cover) and the bottom mat is a deep red (similar to the the color on the tickets). Both mats have a solid black core which helps to maintain harmony within the design.
To finish the look I used a red, woodtone moulding from Larson-Juhl. This frame had the depth I needed to preserve the entire playbill (strips of acid free foamboard were used to securely hold the playbill behind the mat).
For glazing, I used conservation reflection control acrylic from TrueVue®. This cuts glare, helps protect the light-sensitive tickets and is virtually unbreakable (great for items the need to be shipped).
- photographed with glazing in place.