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Framing & Displaying your ACEO's and ATC's -Miniature Artwork

Linda is an amateur artist and photographer who loves to travel with her husband of 37 years.

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Framing your ACEO's and ATC's - and Displaying them

Do you enjoy Collecting those adorable miniature pieces of artwork called ACEO (Art Cards Editions and Originals) that are the hottest collectibles on Ebay now?

Are you an artist that creates ACEO's and ATC (Artist Trading Cards) and just wants to find some different ideas for framing and displaying them?

I'm going to share some different ways to frame and display your treasured miniature pieces of artwork throughout this website.

For those of you new to the term ACEO or ATC, these are highly collectible miniature pieces of artwork, different artists use different mediums to create them. Some are paintings, drawings, collages, etchings and more.

Please note the pictures and artwork on this page are all copyright by the artists that created them, these are shown for examples on the framing only and are part of my own collection.

How to keep your ACEO's clean and protected

Protect your ACEO's with sleeves of hard or soft plastic

Most Artists and Collectors alike, prefer their artwork to be placed in some type of protected sleeve. Some use the soft sleeves that baseball cards come in, but the majority use the Rigid Top Loaders, which is also my preference.

You can find great deals on Amazon, see below

Top Loaders

How to frame your artwork - The first step- Purchase Supplies - Cardstock

An easy and affordable solution

There are many different ways to frame your artwork as I will show you in the sections below. But I wanted to share an idea on an easy and affordable way to frame your artwork.

The first step is to purchase some cardstock in different colors, so that you will have a variety to chose from. You can find these in most department stores, or where ever you buy your paper normally.

I choose pastel lilac, blue, green and pink for my first batch.

How to frame your artwork - Step 2

Purchase Supplies - Corner Cutter

The next step would be to purchase a corner cutter. These can be found where you find Scrap Booking supplies, and start around $5.00.

They look like these shown below.

There is many different designs.

Corner cutter

Corner cutter

Corner cutter

Another type of corner cutter

Another type of corner cutter

Another type of corner cutter

Corner Cutter - What kind of corner cutter to get?

You have to be sure to get the kind of corner cutter that makes a fancy design and leave a little slot to slide your artwork into.

How to frame your artwork - Step 3- Cut your paper to the proper size

The size you want will depend on what you are going to be putting in the frame.

For the Rigid Top Loaders that I have, I found that if I cut my paper to 2 7/8" x 5", it worked best for me. But be sure once you cut the first one, to make sure it will work for your artwork before cutting the rest out.

If you are not using a Rigid top loader, but a soft sleeve, you will need to make your frames a little smaller.

For cutting my paper, you can use the same type of cutter used for scrapbooking.

How to frame your artwork - Step 4- Cut The Corners

Cut The Corners

This is the easy part!

Make sure you are on a hard surface such as a table.

WARNING: DO NOT HOLD THE CUTTER IN YOUR HAND WHILE CUTTING IT - SHARP BLADES POP OUT THE BOTTOM

Just slide you paper into the corner of the cutter, making sure it fits snugly against the guides. Like this:

Just slide you paper into the corner of the cutter, making sure it fits snugly against the guides. Like this:

Just slide you paper into the corner of the cutter, making sure it fits snugly against the guides. Like this:

Just slide you paper into the corner of the cutter, making sure it fits snugly against the guides. Like this:

Press down firmly, then pull the paper out and you know have a beautiful corner cut like this:

Press down firmly, then pull the paper out and you know have a beautiful corner cut like this:

Press down firmly, then pull the paper out and you know have a beautiful corner cut like this:

Cut all four corners and slip your card into the corner slots like this:

Cut all four corners and slip your card into the corner slots like this:

Cut all four corners and slip your card into the corner slots like this:

You now have a beautifully framed card:

You now have a beautifully framed card:

You now have a beautifully framed card:

You can use different colors for each card

You can use different colors for each card

You can use different colors for each card

Displaying Your Newly framed Artwork

You created it, you bought it...show it off!

There are many ways you can display your artwork with these types of cardstock frames.

They are rigid enough to just sit on a shelf, leaned up against something.

They can be placed in different types of easels,

or those plastic plate holders.

or you can use them as a type of matting, that will hold your picture well in a slightly larger frame.

You can even use them to make frames in a scrapbook full of your collected ACEO's or ATC's. Here are a few examples of scrapbook pages with the artwork displayed. You can add the little notes, certificate of authenticities, stamps from other countries, or whatever you desire.

Examples of each of these shown below:

Framed on an easel

Framed on an easel

Framed on an easel

Framed and placed in a plastic baseball card holder on an easel

Framed and placed in a plastic baseball card holder on an easel

Framed and placed in a plastic baseball card holder on an easel

Use as matting - just placed for example, I would straighten it better for actual display.

Use as matting - just placed for example, I would straighten it better for actual display.

Use as matting - just placed for example, I would straighten it better for actual display.

Aceo in a Scrapbook placed in frame

Aceo in a Scrapbook placed in frame

Aceo in a Scrapbook placed in frame

You can the letters they came with when trading

You can the letters they came with when trading

You can the letters they came with when trading

More examples

More examples

More examples

Or use just plain slits to make basic frames save those stamps too!

Or use just plain slits to make basic frames save those stamps too!

Or use just plain slits to make basic frames save those stamps too!

Cute article for making frames from popsicle sticks

  • 3 Ways to Make Photo Frames from Ice Cream Sticks - wikiHow
    How to Make Photo Frames from Ice Cream Sticks. Popsicle stick frames are both fun and easy to make. They make great crafts for children to make, and to give away as gifts to friends, family members, and teachers. With a little bit of time...

Creating a frame out of popsicle sticks for your ACEO - How to build a popsicle stick frame for your ACEO's

This is a very cool site, with directions on how to make a frame out of popsicle sticks. You can get a whole box of hundreds, really cheap at most any art store.

There are some great frames too

Any frame can look good, just match them to your ACEO and décor

ACEO's look great in frames, that are just the perfect size, or matted.

Below you will find many different types of frames, matting, easels and more.

Find the Perfect Frame

Find the Perfect Frame

Find the Perfect Frame

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on Framing and Displaying ACEO's and ATC's. Please share them with me here. Or just drop me a note so I know you stopped by.

Thank you,

Best wishes,

Linda

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas

BusyQueen on October 10, 2013:

Love the frames!

Mona from Iowa on October 08, 2010:

The little paper cutter thing is such a great idea. It's been awhile since I played with ACEO's. I've kept mine in sleeves but art should definitely be displayed and enjoyed.

Tonie Cook from USA on October 03, 2010:

Another beautiful resource for those who enjoy art on a smaller scale. Excellent display and how to with framing.

John Dyhouse from UK on January 09, 2009:

great concise advice for collectors and artists of aceo/atc art

ctavias0ffering1 on November 09, 2008:

Excellent lens, thanks for sharing the ideas :-)

LisaMarieArt on October 07, 2008:

Fantastic lens! I would have never thought of half of these ideas. Great job. I've added this lens to my lens about ACEOs as way of thanks... hope you don't mind. www.squidoo.com/whatisaceo

anonymous on September 07, 2008:

Some great ideas here :) I never knew there was such a thing as a corner cutter. I also didn't know that you could buy frames specifically for ACEOs. I'll have to look out for those!

jackmorgan on August 26, 2008:

What a great lens! Thanks for joining my group of aceo enthusiasts!

imagesbykim on August 26, 2008:

Very informative lense, thank-you for adding it to the Art and Craft Tutorials Group

https://hubpages.com/art/groups-artcrafttutorials

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on August 26, 2008:

Welcome to Artists Selling Online!

Linda Hoxie (author) from Idaho on August 22, 2008:

Hi Jimmie,

Thank you, I appreciate that! :-)

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on August 22, 2008:

Beautiful! So simple, but I'd never seen punches used like that! Thanks! Five stars and favoriting this.