The above icon was professionally framed and matted by
Michael’s Arts and Crafts. The frame is 22 x 28
inches and was purchased at Wal-Mart.
Trying to save money I had originally decided to
frame the icon myself. However, as I tried to cut
out the matting I realized that it is much harder
than it looks. My poorly done framing job really
distracted from the icon.
Having learned from my mistakes I decided to get my
second print professionally framed. I purchased a
very nice looking and yet inexpensive frame from
Wal-Mart. It has golden colored paint and measures
22 x 28 inches. "MDF2" (Item #1766435) and
I suggest taking your print to a local arts and
crafts store that does matting and framing.
Michael’s Arts and Crafts matted and framed mine for
only $45. Use a dark almost navy blue color or
perhaps a dark red color for the mat.
I believe a
bright or vibrant color is a bad idea in that it
would distract from the image. I believe that the
mat I selected was called Midnight Blue and it
looked like velvet. The total cost for the print,
frame, and framing job with the mat was less then
When I compare my do it yourself job with one
professionally done I see a world of difference.
The imperfections of the first one distract from the
print while the second frame really draws the eye’s
attention to the art and therefore to the message it
Why I placed the wording
9 Months Before Christmas Luke 1:26-38
Below the Icon.
This icon can best be used to target the
pro-abortion "Christian" or the wavering or
non-committed Christian. Since there are many good
sayings or Bible verses that could be appropriately
used with the icon these different sayings would
reach different people.
However, I prefer the one that I believe will reach
and change the greatest number of hearts.
Some people like the saying, "Choose Life, Mary
Did." However, since most abortionists tend to be
closed minded making the icon obviously pro-life
will cause us to immediately loose their attention.
They would dismiss it without even thinking about
The power of the icon is getting people to think
about how Jesus lived inside of Mary’s womb for nine
months, and therefore how human life begins at
Originally I preferred the words "Annunciation -
March 25." Later, I realized that the pro-abortion
Christians do not know what the word Annunciation
means and so its use is lost on them.
Trying to be a devote Catholic I pray the Rosary and
I meditate on Catholic art. Bringing this knowledge
with me it is easy for me to recognize this icon as
the Annunciation and its timing in regards to
However, the pro-abortionist Christians are not
praying the rosary and they do not love Catholic art
as I do. They do not recognize this icon. Since
baby Jesus is not drawn as a Zygote they might guess
incorrectly as to when this took place.
Since Protestants tend to avoid Mary and the broader
liturgical calendar they too are apt to fail in
recognizing what event is being pictured.
Since it is imperative that they recognized this
icon is a depiction of Jesus and Mary and that it is
a real event that took place 9 months before Jesus
was born it seems to me that the words "9 Months
Before Christmas Luke 1:26-38" are best placed
below the icon.
Since many people will not burden themselves to read
a lot of text a short phrase like this one above is
preferable in my opinion.
To place the this text below the icon I suggest
printing the words with two spaces between each
word, in the font size of 36, in the Times New Roman
type font, in bold text, with the paper in the
landscape or sideways position and with the highest
quality print possible onto glossy paper and making
sure that there is plenty of space all around the
text. It must be all on one line.
Take that to Kinko’s, or some other copy place, and
ask them to enlarge the copy of the text by 143%
so that it is large and easily readable and yet less
then 15 inches long so that it fits nicely under the
icon. It should be on glossy paper to look right.
Take that with your print and frame to the framing
place and they will cut out a caption place in the
mat for the text below the picture.