I am about to put a photo in a frame and have bought a 'photo mount card'.
You know the sort that fits the frame and borders the photo by a couple of
inches. How can I cut the hole out at the 45 degree angle so as to show the
white inner of the coloured card. I have a multitude of sharp
modelling/craft knives and straight edges, but don't know how to acheive the
required angle. I hope I have explained myself OK but if you need
clarification, go look at a picture on your wall and all will become
You really need a proper mount-cutter to do it well. Mine is a make called
an OLFA. Basically a perspex block with a double edged blade set at 45deg.
Bought it from a local craft shop. Works pretty well - though I find you
need to clamp a straight edge down to your work surface with G cramps to get
a dead straight result. You also need to over-cut slightly into the corners.
Note - if you just have a small number of standard size photos, some craft
shops sell pre-cut mounts.
Without the proper tools I doubt it can be done. Certainly not with an
stanley knife and a steel rule anyway. If you go to a picture shop they can
probably cut the size you want for a few quid (no doubt they'll want to sell
you the card as well). At least then you'll get a decent job. I had a really
weird size cut for some menus and they charged me about a fiver.
Use two bits of card - one behind, one in front (with a hole in it).
_Lots_ of useful information on mounting to be found at:
You bite the bullet and spend twenty quid (_how_ much ?!) on a Logan
"matt cutter". OTOH, it's the sales, so get yourself down to
Hobbyworld and they might have them cheap again.
You could also buy an Olfa, which is half the price. However this is
still a stupid amount of money, it's a piece of plastic crap (the
Logan is at least robust and suitable for commercial use), the blades
are funny things you can't find easily and (worst of all) they make
the blades blunt at the factory so they don't cut well even when
The brave way is to do it with just a scalpel. If you go for a square
edge, then this is also easy and looks pretty good anyway. Unless
you're going to place it in a dark room and light it from close above
or to the side, you'll never notice anyway.
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