Crescent Cardboard


For over 100 years, the Crescent Cardboard Company has been at the forefront of innovation in the framing and artistic worlds, creating some of the most renowned products on the market. From our matboard to our notebooks, everything we create is crafted with the utmost attention to detail and designed with framers and artists in mind.

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Framing Products

Crescent offers the largest selection of matboard products

Crescent developed and produces some of the most recognizable and important brands in our industry. RagMat®, our premium cotton matboard line has long been recognized as the leader in preservation matting. Crescent also provides additional conservation products such as Crescent Select®, Ultiblack®, and Moorman® Fabrics. We take pride in every sheet of matboard.

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Art Products

From Art Boards to Sketchbooks Crescent has you covered.

Crescent has over 40 different art and mounting boards designed to meet specific needs of artists. Whether it be for drawing with colored pencil, to illustrating with marker and ink, to painting with watercolors or working with pastels, we have a quality board for you. Crescent also offers RENDR No show thru Paper sketchbooks and pads, and other innovative products.

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Contract &
Brokerage Services

We are the lamination specialists

Crescent will be happy to quote on your specialty lamination needs. Here at Crescent, we have over 100 years of lamination experience, and can offer the following internal capabilities to ensure your lamination project is done right:

  • Multi-ply roll-to-sheet laminations
  • Drying capabilities for superior layflatness
  • Tabbing capabilities
  • Barcode printing capabilities
  • Auto slitting and sheeting (15×20 inch minimum size)
  • Online inspection
  • QC Lab Testing & Certification

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Custom Framing Blog

FRAMEWORX 2023, Chicago!

Frameworx 2023, sponsored by Crescent Brands, exceeded all expectations. The Frameworx event provided the perfect opportunity to share industry trends and insights and to collaborate with framers, industry leaders, and the Crescent Brands team. We had an excellent turnout for all the events and presentations. The entire Crescent Brands team returned from Frameworx with new …

Framing Your Special Toys

Toys can help remind you of your childhood and that feeling of innocent joy when summers  were long and days were filled with play and priceless moments of endless possibilities.  Nostalgia is running high. With the popularity of shows like Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us and Toy Hunter on the Discovery Channel, people are …

How Adding Matboard With Texture Can Enrich The Overall Look And Feel Of A Piece

Have you ever looked at your finished project and felt like something was missing? All the components of your design are there: moulding, matboard, glaze, and backing, but the piece just feels a little flat. If this scenario feels familiar, you are not alone. We might just have the answer you need: texture. Just like …

2022 Color of the Year

The color of the year for 2022 was announced by Pantone® as a mix of purple and blue in what they call Very Peri or Pantone 17-3938. It is a color that has a "joyous attitude and dynamic presence" that provokes "courageous creativity and imaginative expression" for the year ahead explains Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of …

Crescent Artists Blog

Thinkin’ About Inkin’!
Use RENDR No Show Thru Paper

Thinkin' about inkin'! Crescent has you covered for 31 Days of Ink! Crescent's RENDR No Show Thru Paper allows you to ink up every page of your sketchbook and it won't show thru on the other side. Use your whole sketchbook - every page back and front! Create on both sides of the page — even solvent-based …

Rock the Ink on Crescent Marker Boards

Crescent 215 Marker Boards have an super smooth hot press surface engineered specifically for pen, ink and markers. Highly calendared to set them apart from all the others, Crescent Marker Boards are bright white with a rigid medium weight construction. Easy portability, perfect for plein air use. Take it on the go and draw anywhere. …

Think Ink this October on Crescent Matboard Colors

When creating your ink masterpiece this October and you want the perfect background color look no further than Crescent matboard. Ink works best on Crescent Select and Crescent RagMat®. These matboards have a higher concentration of sizing on the surface. Sizing is used in papermaking to change the absorption and wear characteristics. Crescent Select and RagMat …

Crescent Artists Presents: Michael Reagan

We are celebrating Michael Reagan, one of our favorite artists. Michael Reagan lives outside of Seattle, Washington and has been creating art since early in high school. He also loved playing football in high school, and one day was run over by a much bigger guy who broke his arm and kept him from playing …