Keep a busy background from competing with your photo by separating it with solid-color mats.
Use a light, narrow mat to provide contrast against the photo and a dark, wider mat to "pop" the image from the brick-and-ivy patterned paper. To make outlining letters easy, use a lettering template and trace around the shapes with the gold pen first. Then, cut out the letters just beyond the gold outlines. You'll get smoother, straighter lines this way, and the work is done on one piece of paper, not on multiple -- and possibly unruly -- cutouts.
All Night Media 800/STAMPED www.plaidonline.com
Family Treasures 24922 Anza Dr., Unit A Valencia, CA 91355 800/413-2645 www.familytreasures.com or www.teacups-and-treasures.com
Fiskars 7811 W. Stewart Ave. Wausau, WI 54401 715/842-2091 www.fiskars.com
Sakura of America 30780 San Clemente St. Hayward, CA 94544-7131 510/475-8880 www.gellyroll.com