Rectangular Frame for Square Tile

It's so difficult to find good square frames for small square tiles. I've been at loss trying to find fun frames for my tiles. Today I was at the store, so frustrated because I couldn't find anything I liked in square frames, other than the traditional art gallery black frame with white mat. "If only there were a way to frame the square tile in a rectangular frame, in a way that looked interesting", I thought.

Then it dawned on me: why not create mat that framed the square tile in a purposeful way, matching the tile?

Here's my first attempt, what do you think? The original tile is 4x4, and the frame fits a 5x7 picture.  

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I cut the mat out of Bristol smooth paper. The opening fits perfectly so that the tile can show through exactly the way I want it to. After cutting, I trimmed the opening with gold pen and inked tangles matching the ones in the tile.

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I'm super happy with it -- now I can use all those gorgeous frames for 5x7 pictures to frame my square tiles!

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