Hello fellow framers! As we all know, summer is quickly coming to a close. And with that, comes all the fall things (HAPPY DANCE!). This season we’re introducing a brand new series to the Frame USA collection called “Timber”. Our new series Timber Barnwood is a great way to spruce up that She Shed, or dust off those old time, sepia-toned photos to hang around the house. It’s perfect for bringing the tranquility of outdoors inside your home. You’ll thank us for it once the weather gets cold!
Does your image need dry mounting?
The best way to determine whether your image needs to be dry mounted or not is based on the value of your piece. It is highly recommended by our team that photographs, posters, prints, and newspapers are dry mounted before framing. This is because they can be reproduced, since the dry mounting process is permanent. The paper they’re printed on can also be prone to creases or bends. Another reason to dry mount a piece is if your artwork has been stored in a tube for an extended time. Dry mounting will smooth out the curl in your artwork.
If you have a signed or numbered piece, it’s best to opt out of dry mounting as it does decrease value. Foam core is not archival. And once your art has been dry mounted, it is not able to be removed from the foam core.
Dry mounting is a way to make your art smooth and flat. The materials that we use are PH balanced, so your artwork will not yellow over time. Knowing the process of dry mounting will help you determine whether or not it’s the right process for your artwork.
If you ever have questions about our process or what is best for your artwork, feel free to reach out to us! You can contact us or visit our retail store in Cincinnati, OH with your questions.
– Manda Hill
Frame USA Retail and Specialty Lead
Our CEO’s Favorite Frame Series
Wow, it’s a hard choice for me to try and name my favorite frame series. But, if you put me under pressure, I will give you some personal recommendations of what I would choose to frame my favorite image.
If you are looking for a GREAT gold frame, the American Value #797 Large has always been one of my favorites. It is manufactured at a value price and will look good anywhere. This frame is also very substantial when displayed on your wall.
If you have more of a simple taste in gold, like for a smaller print, maybe for the bathroom or kitchen, I would try American Value Gold #802 Thin—you will not be unhappy with the results.
Someone told me early on that with Framing simplicity is usually best. You cannot frame an image more simply that with our Corporate Series. I like the Corporate Narrow frames for just about anything. Corporate is the series you will find that architects choose most frequently for a business setting. It doesn’t take away at all from the artwork and instead enhances the product. A few of my favorite colors—Black, White, Canadian Walnut, Red Mahogany and Brazilian Walnut. You can’t go wrong.
To compliment the corporate frames I might try the Café Collection. The Expresso and Mocha Narrow are colors that are very popular and these choices look great in Narrow or Wide. The Black Series is a profile that will never go out of style. Next to the Corporate Series, the Black Series it is my favorite.
Under real wood frames—I love the Grande Series Frame in Black or Cherry. Grande is perfect for doing a lot of the same prints for resale or giveaway. The double finish that the Grande Series offers you will present you with the presentation vs. price you are looking for. The Clean Cut Series is remarkably good—in any color. The green, the blue, the red, the white, they all overachieve with a true “shaker” look. Also, they are at a great price point.
Decorate-It Series (especially 1.5 and 2” flat) for a real wood frames offers so many opportunities. Take a look at the “Stem Girls” image that we created where we have lasered the logo on this unfinished frame. It looks great!
We can laser on the Decorate-It frame or you can have your team decorate the frames themselves with glitter, color, markers, stick-on’s. We can create custom matting. The unfinished segment of our products offer many choices.
Rounding out my favorite series I must tell you I’ve always enjoyed the “stateliness” of our Napoleon frame. Napoleon would be perfect at the Biltmore. It is an old style which is something that never goes away.
Trying for a more contemporary look? Think about the True Depth series. The finish is stunning—white or black, you will not go wrong. At a custom framing shop you would easily pay 3 to 4 times our price.
Oh sorry, I’m out of space…I could go on and on…. If they let me write another article I’ll talk to you about our incredible Barnwood and Shadow Box frames. Until then, happy framing!
We love seeing creative frame uses by our customers!
Here at Frame USA, our customers are our top priority. However, they are more than just important to our business – they inspire us! Seeing our products used in such a variety of creative ways brings out the artist in all of us.
For instance, the photo above was sent to us by the owner of an Etsy shop called CreativeGlassByBecky. Becky uses frames from Frame USA to create faux stained glass artwork that she sells in her shop. We love that our American-made frames are being used to create art and help an American small business owner run their company.
Above is another piece of art made with a Frame USA Wood Frame. This reverse glass painting was also made by an American Etsy shop owner whose shop is called KRAM Gifts & Crafts. Reverse glass painting consists of painting in layers on the back of a piece of glass and viewing it from the other side. It is a technique of painting that has existed since the Middle Ages.
These next photos are examples of our custom frames. Frame USA offers a wide variety of standard frame sizes, however sometimes customers have pieces they want framed that are not standard sizes.
This customer had these beautiful posters they wanted to display, but needed a custom size to fit them.
All of our standard frames can be made in custom sizes by using the “Custom Sizes” tab on our site.
The Design a Frame section of our website is also an option for designing your own custom frame.
Our Decorate-It frame series is another popular frame that leaves room for creativity. These wood frames come unfinished so that you can decorate them yourself however you please! These photos are examples of how one customer decorated their Decorate-It frames. This series is great for painting on or using to collage onto like this artist did.
Weddings are also an occasion where having the perfect picture frame is important. This customer used one of our frames to commemorate their big day in 2011. It’s a great way to decorate a wedding ceremony or reception, or to show off photographs from your wedding afterward. Jared and Diana spelled their last name “Thompson” in a photo collage and displayed it as a decoration.
We love seeing all of the different creative ways our customers use our frames. If you’ve purchased a frame from us, we want to see your photos! Contact us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email us at [email protected]. We will gladly give you a shout out.
An All American Company on the 4th of July
One of Frame USA’s most important values is making our products in the United States. So as you might imagine, the 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays! We strive to give our customers the best quality products by making them here in Cincinnati, OH. This also means we’re creating more jobs for Americans, which helps the economy and the well being of our citizens!
We are able to create our products locally after Frame USA moved in February 2003 into our current 85,000 square foot warehouse and manufacturing facility in the northern Cincinnati area. After extensive remodeling, we now have a state-of-the-art facility.
Frame USA is grateful to be in a country where people have the freedom to build businesses and follow their dreams. So we are proudly celebrating America’s birthday with a 4th of July sale for our customers!
From 7/3/2018 – 7/5/2018 you can get 10% off all orders from any of our four websites – Frame USA, Posterservice Inc, Frame Closeouts, and Mat Designers! The coupon code for this sale is “july2018”. Our websites have a huge variety of frames in all colors, styles, and materials, and a wide selection of posters.
We hope you all have a great and safe 4th of July! Here are a few fun facts about the 4th of July:
- John Adams made a prediction in a letter to his wife that the “Second Day of July” would be celebrated as American Independence Day, since the Congress had actually voted to sever ties with Great Britain on that day.
- Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1870.
- The Founding Fathers actually lost the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th 1826.
- The original wording in the Declaration of Independence said “the pursuit of property”, but Thomas Jefferson changed it to “the pursuit of happiness.”
Floater Frames for Canvas Prints
Frame USA has recently added to our growing list of services an Amazon.com print-on-demand site. As we mentioned in our recent blog post here, this meant adding a new large format printer to our team in order to increase our productivity.
We offer a huge selection of beautiful art prints and photography that we can now quickly print on high quality canvas. One of the most popular ways our customers choose to have their canvas prints displayed is with our floater frames.
We stretch the canvas over the floater frames, which gives a sleek and clean look to your art prints. Since the frame is underneath the art, there are no distractions and the image is completely visible! Floater frames make it easy to hang art in your home with a professional look. Many artists and photographers even use floater frames to display their original work.
Using a floater frame for prints or artwork also adds a three dimensional look to the piece. Floater frames get their name from the illusion of floating that they create. The extra dimension it gives your art will really make anyone viewing it even more interested!
We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you!
The Executive Picture Frame series is great for awards, certificates, artwork and just about anything you’d be looking to frame. These frames really bring to life any room where a rich and warming presence is required.
All Executive Picture Frames are 10% off for the month of February with Coupon Code: Feb10
Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use.
The Pop Art Picture Frame series has been in the works for literally two years! We are super excited to have this line finally in house and ready to sell.
Our Pop Art Series of wood picture frames are a lighthearted, modern style that puts a spin on more traditional photo frames. With six different colors to choose from, these beautiful art frames will help you enhance any piece of artwork you chose to frame.
The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life! Our Pop Art Picture Frames are a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.
Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.
When displaying pictures, a picture wall is a trendy and creative way memorialize your artwork and photos. Crafting a diverse assortment of images for your picture wall can be a little difficult when you’re trying to decipher where to begin and how to balance the layout and sizes of the image to create something ascetically pleasing.
Simply hanging a few pictures on a wall can be dull, picture walls are a fun way to bring your living space to life with art. When creating a photo wall gallery you want to try and have the center of your exhibit eye level. Ideally, most frames should be hung at eye level, about 60 inches (or five feet) off the ground, but when working with a wall display you mainly want eye level to be the focal point of your photo wall.
When deciding on the frames for your picture wall you want to have some sense of unity in your display. You want to use a similar style of frames, for example, you don’t want to mix metal frames and wood picture frames just like you wouldn’t want to mix a modern style of frame with an ornate picture frame. But, you do want to vary the size of the picture frames you select. Having all the frames the same size will leave you with an extremely bland photo wall.
These creative ideas are a great resource to use to give you a starting point. Once you get arranging, expand or tweak the layout to fit the photos you have. Sometimes it’s boring to display just 1 or 2 pictures on a wall, be adventurous and create a picture wall. Picture Walls are much more interesting and a way to tell a story with your photos.
During the holiday season a lot of families enjoy displaying their family and their love by taking photos. Lucky for you, Frame USA has you covered when it comes to Christmas Family Pictures. One of the top selling picture frame series is our Corporate Series. We understand why, it comes in a variety of classic colors that truly look great for any style of decor. We didn’t want to limit our customers to just one style of these awesome family picture frames so through out the years that we have been in business we have added some other members to the Corporate Series.
Things you need to know about our Corporate Picture Frames:
The Frame USA Corporate series are a clean, simple and elegant. These make great Christmas family pictures, smaller certificate frames and matted frames, as well as larger paintings, prints and photos. As one of our more affordable frame series, these are made in America from eco-friendly bonanza wood.
Corporate Picture Frames