Tips & Tricks
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Foamcore or Corrugated
You may have noticed that we offer two kinds of backing board on our website – FoamCore and Corrugated Cardboard Backing. There are actually very good reasons why FoamCore is the right choice at some times and Corrugated is the way to go for others.
Worth The Price For What's Priceless
While FoamCore is more expensive than Corrugated backing, it does have certain advantages. For one thing, it's been buffered to slow down the deterioration caused by acid and lignans, so if preservation and protection of your artwork is a high priority, then choose FoamCore. So, whether you're framing original artwork that Junior whipped up in 1st grade, valuable collector prints, limited editions, treasured family photographs like the ones from your Great-Grandmother’s wedding, documents with historical value, or important family documents, then FoamCore is the way to go.
Corrugated backing is great for anything that's not as precious. A professional license that gets updated every year or two doesn't need FoamCore because it's simply not intended to be a permanent framing job. And Corrugated backing is the perfect compliment to an item like a commercially produced poster; poster paper is heavy enough that the dark color of the backing won't compromise your art. And, if you're looking to keep costs down, then working with Corrugated backing is an added bonus.
Light Vs. Dark
Additionally, because FoamCore is white, it's great backing for art that has any degree of translucence. Items like a collage on rice paper or an animation cell will be better served by FoamCore than brown Corrugated backing, that will darken and detract from your art.