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Cutting Instructions and Valiani Cut Files

We hope you enjoy the following two Valiani-enabled creations by Crescent Custom Framer Kevin Pietro. Below, Kevin explains his process, and you’ll find Valiani cut files to replicate these projects yourself.

Valiani Cut Files for this piece:
Hip_Hop_Mat.vds
Hip_Hop_Spacer_Strips.vds

To create the mat for the “Hip Hop” art piece, I used Crescent Select suede #5638 – Tile Blue as a top mat and Crescent Rag #2238 – White 8 ply- as a lower mat showing 1⁄4″ reveal.

To add depth, I separated mats 5638 and 2238 using 8-ply mat strips as a “spacer” between the two mats, cutting the strips 1⁄2″ smaller in width so they wouldn’t show. To coincide with the “Hip Hop” theme of the art, I added three V-groove designs to the upper mat-5638- all cut on the Valiani CMC. The outer V-groove closest to the frame is template # C012- “Greek Notch” with a opening size of 28 3/4″ x 24 1/8″.

The overall size of the mat is 34 1⁄4″” x 29 5/8″, leaving a mat border of 2 3⁄4″ from the outside edge of the mat all around. The “Greek Notch” design uses 4 parameters to shape the corner, which I set as follows. Radius 1.8686″, O set .0187″, Step .2249″ and Notch 1.2874″.

The middle V-groove is template #C003- “Crescent” with a opening size of 27 7/8″ x 23 1⁄4″ and has 3 parameters to set. Radius 1.25″, O set .375″ and Step also at .375″. The inner V-groove uses Template C006- “Classic” and has only one parameter to set, Radius 1.25″ and has a opening of 25 1/8″ x 20 1⁄2″. Using the same Radius on the middle and inner mat gives the same arc on both V-grooves and visually connects the two designs, even though they are separated.

The opening of the top mat-5638- to border the artwork is 22 1⁄4″ x 17 5/8″ and the lower mat-2238- is 21 3⁄4″ x 17 1/8″. This makes an overall mat border of 6 1⁄4″”. A wide mat around the print accommodates all the V-groove cuts and enhances the design and artwork.


Valiani Cut Files for this piece:
Abstract_Art_Design_Spacer_Strips.vds.zip
Abstract_Art_Design.vds

To create the mat for the “abstract art” piece, I used Crescent Select # 5648 – Peony as a top mat and #9560 – Easter Egg as a lower mat showing a 1⁄4″ reveal. To add depth, I separated the mat from the artwork using 3/16″ foamcore strips as a “spacer” cut 1⁄2″ smaller than the width of the mat they won’t show. The spacer is attached between the lower mat -9560- and the artwork leaving 5/8″ of the white border of the print showing.

The inside opening cut of 9560 is 12 1⁄4″ x 12 1⁄4″ and the opening of the top mat -5648- is 12 3⁄4″ x 12 3⁄4″ to show 1⁄4″ of the lower mat. The overall size of the mat is 21″ x 21″ which makes a 4 3/8″ border of both colors. To coincide with the design images in the art, I added twenty small rectangle openings, which I put around the large opening that borders the print. These openings are cut .375″ x 1.375″ and I inserted 5 horizontal openings on the top and 5 on the bottom. I then cut 5 vertical rectangles on the left side and 5 on the right.

The spacing of each small rectangle is 3 1⁄4″ from the outside edge of the mat and the spacing between each opening is 1 1⁄4″. To get this to line up, I set my positioning for the middle opening on the top at 9.8125″ x 3.25″. The openings on the left and right of the middle rectangle I set at 7.1875″ x 3.25″. The openings on each end I set at 4.5625″ x 3.25″ and then repeated this positioning on each side.

Using a second print, I cut apart specific parts of the design in the print and attached the cutouts to each small opening. I coordinated the cutouts to the design in the larger print when I was deciding on placement. This design enhances the artwork and mat and gives the overall appearance a unique look.

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