Cutting a mat
Cutting a beveled mat with a carriage-type cutter is easier than cutting one by
with a carriage-
hand. Some carriage devices cut straight-edged mats while other cutters cut
oval or round mats. You can use a combination of both types of mat cutters
for creative or decorative cut mats. The devices maintain a precise angle of
cut while you draw the cutting blade across a fixed beam. The blade remains
the primary key to cutting a successful mat.
To cut a mat with a carriage-type mat cutter, use this table:
Measure the inside dimension of the frame or determine the overall
dimension of the desired mat.
Measure the image area that you want exposed through the mat.
On the back side of the mat, mark the dimensions of the desired
Adjust the cutter stops on the carriage to correspond with the
measurements of the inside diameter of the mat, or the major and
minor axis of a round or oval mat.
Position the matboard face down and align with the left edge of the
mat cutter. Apply pressure to the carriage to secure the matboard in
Insert the blade approximately 1/16 th inch above the corner and
draw the blade down the carriage beam to just beyond the bottom
corner. The stops on the carriage will stop your stroke.
Reposition the matboard for each side. The carriage for a round or
oval mat will cut the mat in one continuous circular movement.
Remove the unwanted portion of the mat.
Smooth out jagged or rough edges with sandpaper or emery board.
Place and attach the image into the mat and the mat onto the