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Custom frame your family history.

Shadow box frames can be some of the most challenging and the most rewarding custom framing projects.  We had a long time client come to us before the holidays with a significant family project.  When her father was 9, he won a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Race.  His father (her grandfather) had helped him with the car and afterward made a wonderful display for the derby car and award.  Her father always kept it and eventually gave it to her “little brother”.  Fortunately, after 50+ years it was still in great shape and they had some wonderful photos of the winner and his siblings.

Our client knew it was important to her brother and wanted to ensure it would stand the test of time.  She also wanted to make it something that he’d be able to look at everyday, while keeping all the elements together.   She brought us the car and award display along with the photos and his ribbon.  The award display that her grandfather made really needed to stay as it was with the car, making the depth of the box over 3 inches. We had to “stack” two mouldings in order to achieve the depth but it worked out flawlessly!  We were able to recess the heavy wood plaque into a fabric Crescent mat, cut windows for the photographs and mount his ribbon.  The project was enclosed in a Larson Juhl custom shadow box frame in a similar wood tone as the car and award display.  The sides of the custom shadow box were lined with the same mat.  TruVue glass was used to protect everything from fading and to keep the inside sealed and clean.

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We custom frame a lot of art in Denver, some of it rather pricey.  But sometimes the truly priceless pieces aren’t those worth a ton of cash but the memories that are represented in everyday things. Let us be your framer and we can preserve your memories too!

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Our client was kind enough to send a photo of her father and brother with the finished piece.  We hope he enjoys it for years to come!

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Skip the mall, shop small: Our top 5 custom framing gifts

Our Top 5 Custom Framing Gift Ideas

5.  Family photos.  Moms and grandmas in particular love a framed portrait.  Have a digital file?  Send it to us and we can take care of the printing!

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4.  Jerseys/Sports Memorabilia.  Maybe you didn’t play in the NFL or NBA, you can still show pride by custom framing your favorite players jersey or a collection of memorabilia of your team.

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3.  Kids Art.  It’s obvious that the people who love your child most would love their artwork custom framed.  But kids love it too!  If there are too many to choose from, bring us photos of the art and we can make them smaller to fit several in one frame.

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2.  Shadow Boxes/Family Heirlooms.  Objects from a loved ones craft or passions make some of the most stunning artwork when custom framed.  Bring it out of the shoe box and on to the wall.  CustomFramedNepalClothing

1.   Vacation Art/Concert Posters.  Make a memory last a lifetime.  A poster of your favorite band that played at Red Rocks, artwork you purchased on your honeymoon.  You name it, we’ve put a custom picture frame on it.  Every custom frame design is unique in it’s own right and make a gift that will make an impression.  

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Return from West Coast Art and Framing 2015

The Anthology staff (Zach and Kendra) just returned from the West Coast Art and Frame Expo in Las Vegas, at the Paris Hotel and Casino.  If you were in the shop at some point the last two months, I’m sure you’ve heard all about it.  It was the first time for both of us to attend and it did not disappoint.  

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We had the opportunity to meet with many of our vendors, see new products, continue our framing education and catch up with some friends.

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The Anthology Crew

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New Mats from Bainbridge

We really want to thank you, our clients, for making it possible for us to attend.  Without your business and support it would not have happened.  Anthology will soon be celebrating our five year anniversary and we plan to continue to offer you exceptional design advice and the latest in industry trends.  You’re the reason we’re here and we look forward to showing you all the new samples and enhancing your home with custom framing.

New Moulding line from Larson Juhl.

New Moulding line from Larson Juhl.

Anatomy of a Family Heirloom

 

We’ve (nearly) seen it all in the realm of picture framing over the last 12+ years.  There have been WWII shadowboxes, children’s drawings and everything in between.  We love to hear the stories behind what our clients have chosen to custom frame.  And because we’ve personally tried to preserve our own family’s history through custom framing, it’s always a pleasure to do it for others.  Often the projects are more than family history, they are also a part of American History.

We recently had a client bring in an American Flag she wanted to frame for her husband for Father’s Day.  He had been stationed in Afghanistan and returned with the flag.  We are no strangers to framing oversize art, but at a size over 5×3 feet, materials are somewhat restricted.  The client chose a rustic frame from Larson Juhl  to enhance the weathered state of the flag.  Traditional mat board caps out at 60″x40″ and you’re sort of left with the choice of white or white, which would have made the flag appear dirty.  We ultimately used the oversize white mat and customized it, wrapping it with a 100% cotton duck canvas.  The canvas keeps the framing acid free and added a more appropriate color and texture to enhance the flag.  To mount the flag and give it the look of floating, we hand stitched it to the custom mat.  To finish the project and keep it preserved, we used TruVue Conservation Clear Acrylic Glass and an acrylic spacer to lift it off the flag.

It’s a great honor to have our clients trust us with their family heirlooms and we love that this piece will be treasured by their family for decades to come.

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Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner!  Impress her this year with a little planning.

Give us a call and let us help you execute your vision, or help you find one.  303-534-1331

Custom Framing Gifts

1st anniversary is paper!

1st anniversary is paper!

 

We recently had a client email us a Pinterest link (which might be Kendra’s favorite form of visual communication).  She had seen a really great idea for an anniversary gift for her husband and wanted to replicate it.  Being their first anniversary, paper was an obvious choice.

She had a specific font and size in mind, so we left the lyric printing to her and used our computerized mat cutter to make the initials and heart out of an archival mat board.  They were then raised 1/4 inch out from the lyrics paper to create some dimension.  To accommodate the letters, we added a spacer between the two white mats.  The piece was finished with a contemporary black frame.

The cool thing about this gift is that you can use wedding vows, poetry, a famous quote or in this case meaningful song lyrics.  It could even be done for a birthday instead of an anniversary and hung in a kid’s room.  Luckily, much like framing your wedding invitation, now the groom will never forget his anniversary.

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Denver Custom Framing

Zach and Kendra Custer have been custom framing for a combined 30 years in the Denver area. In addition to offering picture framing and portrait photography, their large gallery features local, emerging artists. Whether you're looking for affordable custom framing with superior customer service, a family portrait or a new piece of art, Anthology Fine Art is your one stop shop.

3419 S Lincoln St. Englewood, CO 80113

Tuesday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-5

Sunday and Monday by Appointmen

kendra@anthologyfineart.com

zach@anthologyfineart.com