With Mother's Day right around the corner, we wanted to put our framing skills to the test and bust out a project that would be challenging, but have a huge payoff. After much discussion, we decided to carve out the word "MOM" on a simple white mat with some sort of colorful floral wallpaper lying underneath. After all, what mother doesn't like something made by hand? This is just like the adult version of those little popsicle stick & macaroni frames you'd make in school.

Because Todd is a mat-carving master, he spent some time drawing out and marking exactly where each cut would be made. It's like laying out the blueprints for all of the exciting things that are about to happen.

And he gets to work. Both of the Ms were cut on our bevel cutter, which cuts at an angle, exposing a bit of the core of the mat and proving a smooth edge in between the mat and what lies underneath. The letter O was cut by a hand blade. This takes some real precision and expertise! 

We found the perfect floral wallpaper to really pop from inside the letters. Once this beauty landed inside of a frame, it was clear that we'd conquered our artistic challenge. It couldn't have turned out better! 

What do you think? We could totally see this on any Mother's wall. And don't worry - we're sure she still loves your popsicle stick frames just as much.

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