Saturday, April 25, 2015

Make Your Own Shadow Box - Featuring Creative Cafe' kit -Good Times to Follow!

Hi Everyone!  This week I'm back with a fun project to share using of course this month's Creative Cafe' kit - Good Times to Follow!   I love Vintage, and this kit is screaming just that - so I had no choice but to come up with something where I could incorporate some of my vintage photos with these great images and papers included in the kit.

The foundation of my project today are shadow boxes that I created with the cardstock included in the kit.  I love the size of these sweet shadow treasures, and even more how they turned out!  Even more I loved how easy they were to create. So I didn't stop at one and made two!!

To create your own shadow boxes I put together a little step by step tutorial for you to follow:

To begin; cut an 8 1/2 x 11 pc of paper - down to 8 1/2" square.  This will give you a 4" square area inside to decorate.

Using my Scor-Pal I started scoring - in from each end 1/2"; 1"; 1 1/2" and 2" turn 90 degrees and repeat until you've scored all the way around on all 4 sides as you see below:

Next score in at 2 1/2" but only to the 2nd score line from the edge - you will do this on just 2 sides but on each corner. See how my vertical sides do not have this extra score line at 2 1/2" in from each side.

Here's a close up- of the 4th line scoring just to the 2 score line on the Horizontal row.
Taking your scissors - cut out each of the 16 patch corners. They look like cute little quilted squares! 
And on just the horizontal sides cut that 4th score line to just the 2nd score line. 
Just as you see below:

Take each side and score each 1/2" score line, rolling in each side as you fold and crease those lines.
Getting ready to adhere the sides down, I first measured the area inside so I could cut my photo and paper backing for the inside of my shadow box.  This 8 1/2" square gives you a 4 1/2" area.  That will be just down to 4" when the sides are in place.

Here you can see where I'm placing my strong tape on the inside edge before pushing it down in place- giving box like look on each side. 1/2" deep all around.  My photo is cut down and adhered to the inside.
To finish - I decided I wanted to distress it and distract the eye so it would not look so much like cardstock.  So I took a large bristled brush and some white acrylic paint and brushed it across the frame. Leaving cardstock color to show through.  I then took my Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a sponge applicator and applied it over the paint. And I love how it turned out and think it compliments my photo perfectly!  The photo I'm featuring is my Grandmother and her siblings.

Ready to embellish!

I knew I wanted to use stamped images to help decorate my shadow boxes, so I just started stamping a bunch of images on white using Memento's Espresso Ink.  And again distressed each with Antiquie linen and Pumice Stone distress ink.  I stamped some images twice because I knew I was going to layer some of the images.  See my stamped images below:

I finished by fussy cutting them all out and then just started playing and trying different combinations. And here's what I came up with! I used flowers from the kit fluffed them up a bit to finish my corner over the colored pennant and chandelier.  Another lace flower is layered behind the old camera image in the lower LH corner.  I also popped up the lense on the camera for more depth.
 On the 2nd one, I have patterned paper adhered to the inside wall - and hen I cut out 4 button cards, that I applied the enamel dots to the card for added dimension. The dress form was perfect to add to one side, and a die cut layered flower lends some additional pop of color at the lower RH side.

I think I'm going to actually hang these vertically!  I think it pulls the embellishments from the bottom of the top shadow box into the lower one.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe'- Good Times to Follow- Vintage Findings; and These are the Good times.
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' - Good Times to Follow- Echo Park's Jack and Jill 6x6 pad
Ink:  Memento- Espresso; Disrress Inks' Antique Linen and Pumice Stone; white acrylic paint
Adhesives:  Score Tape; Dimensional pop- dots
Embellishments: Flowers; Echo Park's - Jack and Jill enamel dots from the kit
Tools: Scor - Pal; Flower die from My Favorite Things


1 comment:

l.m.b. said...

super fun idea - could even be a card!