A local firefighter brought me 2 of the same print that was drawn of his crew. He wanted one framed, and said I could try whatever I wanted with the second. Here is what I came up with... Fortunately, the artist and the firefighter were not only cool with me burning the piece, they absolutely loved the idea. The artist has asked me to do a few more for him. I burned the edges of the print, and then built up the backing behind the art to preserve the ripples and curls in the paper caused by the heat. It turned a flat drawing into a 3 dimensional piece. The top mat sits about 1/4 inch further out than the highest point on the art. I tried a burned top mat as well (see pictures), but in the end, we all liked the suede mat better. What do you guys think? Would you do anything different in future builds? It sounds like I'm going to get a few more tries.