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How To Assemble A Poster Frame

Our customers are our number one priority. One of our best selling products have been causing our customers to become frustrated. We came up with an easy solution to help ease those frustrations. As you may have guessed based on the title, we’re here to talk about our Poster Frames. Our Poster Frame series are not created equally. While they are all made of a durable plastic, keeping the cost of them low, some of them are back loading similar to a traditional frame. Three of our poster frame series, however, are made with removable sides. The assembling of those sides on a poster or artwork has caused many frustrations. As a result, we’re here to showcase exactly how you frame a poster or piece of art using our Corrugated, Foamcore or hardboard Poster Frames.

Poster Frames

The actual frame part of these three series are identical, the only differences is the backing that comes with each.

Corrugated Poster Frame
Foamcore Poster Frame
Hardboard Poster Frame
Corrugated Poster Frames

The Corrugated Poster Frame series is made from Mylar to ensure lasting quality. The four sides slide on and off for your adjusting needs. Each Corrugated Poster Frame includes a hanging system for either vertical or horizontal display. This series is available in six colors and many standard and custom frame sizes.

Foamcore Poster Frames

The Foamcore Poster Frame series is available in six classic colors: black, black marble, clear, gold, jade marble, and silver. These poster frames feature a 1/8th inch of foam core backing. This is made specifically for individuals who want a sturdy frame that’s light weight.

Hardboard Poster Frames

The Hardboard Poster Frame series are inexpensive poster frames with a hardboard backing and a hanging clip. These poster frames come in 6 different colors and a variety of sizes. They have four Mylar sides with corners that slide and snap to the backing, making it easy to insert your poster.

How to Assemble a Poster Frame

Now to the most important part–below is a step by step video starring Deborah, our poster frame expert. The video goes from receiving your shrink wrapped frame all the way to the finished ready to hang product. Let this video help you to become the expert in assembling poster frames.

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital – October Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for October 2019 is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

History

Danny Thomas

As a young man, Danny Thomas had a simple goal: to entertain people and be successful enough at it to provide for his wife and family. But work wasn’t easy to come by. Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Danny began raising money for his vision in the early 1950s. He set out across the U.S. to speak about his dream to build St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to any group that would listen asking for support.

“No child should die in the dawn of life”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors on February 4, 1962, based on Danny’s dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” Since then, we’ve made incredible strides in childhood cancer research. We’ve helped improve the survival rate of childhood cancer from 20% to 80%. And ALL, the disease with a virtual death sentence in 1962, now has a survival rate of 94 percent.

Today St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer. Whenever a breakthrough happens during their clinical trials and research they share them so that doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

The fundamentals of St. Jude remain the same today as when they opened their doors families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

As of today the treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

To learn more or to get involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit their website.

In conclusion for the entire month of October 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.

Happy Autumn! All Things Barnwood (Free Printable!)

If your state is anything like Ohio, you have had a pretty hot summer. While summer is great and arguably way better than winter (at least for those of you that live in a state that has snow), there is just something so special about Autumn. It’s cool enough for a sweater or sweatshirt but not so cold that you need gloves hats and scarves; Football starts back up and your weekends are spent doing activities like corn maizes or tailgating. Autumn also starts the beginning of home decorating season. Which for us here at Frame USA, is one of our favorite times (How could you blame us we sell Picture Frames!). The pumpkins have descended upon the store shelves and according to our sources, farmhouse decor is continuing to rise!

Lucky for us we have a whole line of products that fit right in with that farmhouse aesthetic. This line started with a simple product made from reclaimed wood that was taken from barns and fences in Oklahoma and Texas and it has grown to be one of our most popular lines to date. We’re talking about none other than our Barnwood Frames.  To date we have 6 wood frame series, a Shadowbox and a specialty frame in this popular line. We also have an additional specialty frame that utilizes some of our Barnwood wood frames called the Baby’s First year Collage Frame, however it also comes in one of our other popular series, Corporate.

Barnwood Product Line

Barnwood
The Barnwood picture frame is the original frame that started it all!
American Barn
American Barn features a narrow and a wide frame in three patriotic colors
Appalachian Barnwood
Appalachian Barnwood features the look of reclaimed wood with a smooth profile.
Barnwood Signature
Barnwood Signature features the same look and feel as our OG barnwood but with a kicked up a notch flair and elegance in two new profile widths.
Farmhouse Barnwood have the rustic look of Barnwood with a modern flat profile.
Timber is the newest addition to the Barnwood line is made from real Spruce Wood grown in America.
The Barnwood Shadowbox combines the build, depth and profile of a shadowbox with the rustic, reclaimed look of barn wood.
The most versatile product in our line of Barnwood is our Barnwood Tray

Current Trends

While we love all the products in our Barnwood line, there is one in particular that we want the world to know about. This product features everything we know and love about picture frames with an unique twist. It doesn’t hang on the wall and you can display things ON it as well as IN it. You may have guessed it but we’re talking about our Barnwood Tray. Based on our home decor trend research trays seem to be making a comeback. Not only are people opting for smaller gatherings at home with family and friends but they’re using trays as part of their decor. Trays are no longer thrown into the cabinet only pulled out when company comes knocking they’re out front and center on coffee tables, bar carts and fire place mantles.

Our barnwood trays feature the same rustic charm that our picture frames have but come in two different types. The first type comes in five colors: Grey , black, brown, white and traditional Barnwood finish and features a mirror in the center. This mirror is perfect for reflecting the room on a mantle making it seem bigger. The second time is the reason we’re here today gushing about these rustic beauties. It is also available in the same five great colors but this one has the same function as a picture frame, you can remove the insert and place photos, quotes, patterned paper in with the season. Whether you go with the mirror or the traditional picture frame style, this tray can last through every season!

Free Printable!!

Since yesterday marked the first day of Autumn, we thought we would celebrate by giving you the a little something to use in your decorating! This free downloadable printable is available in two sizes — 8.5×11 and 11×14. Those sizes just happen to be a perfect fit with our Barnwood Tray. Love what you see here? From now until Thursday, September 26th, all of our barnwood products are 10% off with coupon code BARNWOOD.

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Autumn 8.5x11
Hello Autumn 8.5×11

 

Hello Autumn 11x14
Hello Autumn 11×14

 

Hayden’s Helping Hands – September Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for September 2019 is Hayden’s Helping Hands

Hayden Ruth Hauskins

At 32 weeks of gestation, Hayden was stillborn on July 6th, 2010. With the irreplaceable loss of their daughter, Randy and Rebekka Hauskins decided there needed to be something good that came from this horrible outcome.

Hayden’s Helping Hands is a non-profit foundation who helps U.S. families in the midst of tragedy. Hayden’s Helping Hands assists families after the birth of a stillborn baby by paying for a portion or all of their hospital delivery expenses. Rebekka Hauskins is determined to keep Hayden’s Helping Hands mission alive through the memory of her daughter.

This year they are hosting the 9th Annual Hands on Hope. the proceeds from this silent auction will pay for the delivery bills of stillborn babies in the united states. It is on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 6:30-10:30pm In Happy Valley, OR.

To learn more or to get involved with Hayden’s Helping Hands, please visit their website.

In conclusion for the entire month of September 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to Hayden’s Helping Hands. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.

New Series Spotlight – Gun Metal Picture Frames

A few months back we introduced our brand-new Chalked Series. As of today, our Chalked series is now available and ready to be purchased. In addition to the launch of Chalked, we are also launching a second brand new series called Gun Metal.

Despite the name Gun Metal, this is not a brand-new series that we’re adding to our Metal Line. This new series comes in 3 unique profiles in wood. All of which feature the cutting-edge wood frame color: Gun metal. This series is great for a muted metallic look for any picture that you might want to put in them. They would look great for those beautiful black and white wedding or event photos. Gun Metal comes in three profiles: Narrow, Divet, and Wide.

Gun Metal Divet
Divet
Gun Metal Flat
Narrow
Gun Metal Wide
Wide

Just like all of our other frames, Our New Gun Metal series is American-made in our warehouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. Buying from Frame USA means supporting an American Company and getting the best quality products! Stay tuned for more new series and great blog posts!

 

Melanoma Know More – August 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for August 2019 is Melanoma Know More

In August of 2010, the world lost a wonderful young man named, Andy Caress, to Melanoma. During his fight, Andy fought to spread awareness and educate people on the dangers of melanoma. After his passing, his loved ones continued this fight by forming The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation.

If you’ve been customers with us for some time now you probably recognize that name. The Caress Family is local to Cincinnati and are family friends with our CEO, Dan Regenold’s family. We’ve written about them before, every year in fact since we started this blog, however this is the first time that we have referred to the charity as Melanoma Know More.

Here’s why, in January, the foundation joined forces with Melanoma Know More. The union resulted in a single nonprofit organization in Cincinnati focused on melanoma awareness, outreach and research. As a result, their total combined resources make a stronger and more effective organization. Most importantly, they continue to move towards one common goal: wipe melanoma off the face of the planet.

Melanoma Know More History

Health Screenings Melanoma Know More

Dr. Philip Leming along with families of his patients and other melanoma advocates formed Melanoma Know More (MKM) in 2007. MKM has developed successful program initiatives, brought awareness to this relatively unknown disease, and continues to raise thousands of dollars every year to continue the fight against melanoma.

Fundraising Event Charity

MKM has a variety of program initiatives such as Skin Cancer Screenings and School and Youth Education. They also started the Greater Cincinnati Melanoma Warrior Support Network. Throughout the year they also host fundraising events, for instance their event Music for Melanoma is happening in Cincinnati on August 9th. 

Music for Melanoma Charity

To learn more or to get involved with Melanoma Know More, please visit their website.

In conclusion for the entire month of August 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to MELANOMA KNOW MORE. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.

How To Clean Frames

How To Clean Picture Frames

If you’re a human chances are your home sometimes gets a little dusty and dirty. It’s easy to dust and clean most parts of your home, but what is the best way to clean those precious frames that protect your memories and artwork? We’re here to help you out. The outside of the frame will more often than not be the only thing that you need to clean. Once your frame is hanging up the inside of the frame will be protected from splatters, spills, dust and dirt. All you need is a soft cloth to wipe down the frame itself. We recommend a microfiber cloth to wipe down the outside of the frame. The benefits of the microfiber cloth is that the fibers will attract the dust and the dirt better and quicker than just a plain old kitchen or bath towel.

Once the outside of the frame is back to its original glory, you might now notice that the styrene or glass, is less than sparkling. The first thing you have to determine is whether or not the frame in question has styrene or glass, as the cleaning methods are vastly different.

If you have purchased a Frame USA  standard size or custom frame that is 11×14 or smaller (Including 12×12) your frame will have arrived with glass. If the frame is a standard size or custom frame that is 11×17 and larger they will come with Styrene, a form of Plexi-Glass. In case your frame was created using our Design A Frame, Acrylic is an option for you to choose from. Acrylic, similar to styrene, is a thicker, more durable plexi-glass.

So now that you’ve got a good understanding on what your frame has, it’s time to clean!

How to clean Glass:

Glass is probably the easiest to clean as it has the most in common with windows in your household. All you need to clean glass on your picture frames is a soft cloth and regular old glass cleaner. While chances are that the dirt and dust is just on the outside of the frame, In the event that your frame has arrived to you a little dusty or you want to be extra sure your piece sparkles, you should carefully remove the glass and clean it. Our recommendation is to make sure you’re a safe distance away from your artwork before spraying down the glass so as to not harm it.

How to clean Styrene or Acrylic:

Styrene and acrylic is slightly trickier to clean. If your styrene looks slightly cloudy, check to make sure that you have removed the protective film from both sides. We want to protect your styrene from scratches in transient so it will always ship with this film. Our acrylic is a little easier to detect since its shipped with a bright blue film.

 

If you have removed the film, and your styrene or acrylic is still dirty, our best recommendation is to clean it using a clean microfiber cloth and warm water. This will allow any static packing material or dust to be wiped away. DO NOT use a solvent cleaner like you did with your glass. The components of the cleaner will actually cause it to disintegrate over time.

Picture Frame Supplies
Glass & Plastic Cleaner

If you are wanting a magic product that will clean all three glazing options and much more with ease, just call us your fairy god framers as we have a Glass and Plastic cleaner that will make your life incredible easy!

We hope that these tips have helped your frames get as clean as can be. If you have a picture frame, custom framing, home decor, or company question leave them in the comments, or reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram!

Fantasy and Vintage Car Art Prints by Michael Fishel, For Sale

Bright. Colorful. Magical. Fantasy. These are some words that can easily describe the artwork of Michael Fishel. Michael Fishel is an illustrator that loves to paint with no restraints so that he can let his imagination flow onto the page.

Growing up, Fishel won a drawing contest with a drawing of a clown holding balloons. His drawing became the cover of a national Scholastics magazine, and that was where his love of drawing and painting began. His father used to sit him down and teach him how to draw ducks, birds, frogs, etc. This helped him to become aware of how nature inspires and applies to art. As a teenager, he loved wild cartoonish drawings of race cars, like in Hot Rod. But he also found an interest in the Great Fantasy Masters of Old. He decided that he wanted to start drawing cars, but with fantastical creatures driving them.

His work today is very much a mixture of both. You can find detailed paintings of fantasy art, vintage car art paintings, and a lot more colorful illustrations. His work has been posters, book covers, children’s book illustrations, greeting cards, and puzzles, and will soon be able to hang in your own home! With Art & Canvas, you will have the ability to print his art on demand, and hang it anywhere you would like!

       

 

If you are in dire need of a Michael Fishel print today, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-666-7654 or e-mail us at [email protected]. You can also check out some of our full size Michael Fishel posters at www.posterservice.com

Vintage Gas Pumps                                            Dream Garage                                                     Universal Flag

PSA11470                                                             PSA11275                                                             PSA11255

 

Princeton Closet – July 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for July 2019 is Princeton Closet

Princeton Closet Building

The Princeton Closet was started by Susan Wyder, a former teacher, in 2010. What started in an actual closet has since expanded to two rooms at the Princeton Administration Center. The closet features basic items such as clothing and shoes all the way to food and school supplies.

Princeton Closet Room1

Families identified through referrals by Princeton counselors and principles can pick up a box of food once a month. They also don’t have to live in Princeton City School District to be eligible to receive supplies.

Princeton Closet Room4

If there’s a need she doesn’t ask who or where, “We Always Help”.  If they closet doesn’t have a particular size that is needed, Susan herself will go out and purchase the item.

There is always a need for donations to help this organization make today’s students successful!  If you are interested in getting involved please Contact Susan Wyder by Email.

And remember that for the month of July 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to The Princeton Closet. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

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Why Does My Artwork Look Cloudy?

When you purchase a frame from Frameusa.com that is larger than 11×14, it will automatically come with styrene instead of glass. There are some other frames such as our Poster Frames that no matter how small you order it will always come with styrene. Not only does this allow for your frames to arrive safely in tact, it also keeps the cost of shipping down.

So now that you know what material you will be getting when you order these frames, its time to answer the most common question that our customer service team receives:

Why Does My Artwork Look Cloudy?

Cloudy Simply Poly

As you can see from this image of our Simply Poly frame the vibrant header we place in all are poster frames is cloudy and doesn’t look very good. One of the biggest indicator besides the size and that cloudy look, that the frame you have ordered has arrived with styrene is this handy little sticker.

Styrene Sticker

As mentioned in the sticker, our styrene is shipped with a recycled clear plastic sheet on both sides. This allows for the styrene to arrive in perfect condition! All you have to do is peel off both sides to reveal a crystal clear piece ready to protect your artwork.

Still unsure of what we mean by clear plastic sheet? We asked one of our sales reps, Lindsay Allen, to demonstrate how to remove the film.

She also gave this little hint: “Use a piece of tape at the corner to get the peeling started!” Lindsay has been with the company for over 11 years so you could say she’s an expert when it comes to working with Styrene!

 

Looking to purchase cleaner for your styrene to keep it in tip top shape, check out our Glass & Plastic Cleaner! If you have any more questions reach out to us on any of our social media platforms or contact our customer service team!