Monday 20 April 2015

Shadow box tutorial

Hello Friends,
Neha here. I think you guys are enjoying water- coloring very much as I can see so many entries for the current challenge. There is still a lot of time left for entering the challenge so take out your watercolors and get started.
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Toady I am sharing with you a tutorial on how to make your own shadow boxes using paper. Here I have made a 12"*12" shadow box using a sturdy black CS. 

Shadow box

Some close ups

The whole shadow box has been made from scratch and it was very easy too. I have decorated shadow box in a masculine theme as I will be gifting this to my brother on his birthday. I have used Ranger Distress crackle paint all over the edges of shadow box. These days I am really addicted to using it (I am using it in almost each project I am making these days). Thereafter I have rubbed  steam punk gelatos (iced chai and iced coffee) over it.  This gave a cool effect! I also heat embossed on some places with golden embossing enamel. Then decorated it with pattern papers, gears (heat embossed with golden EP), Die- cuts, sentiment (stamped and embossed), wood veneers and chain.

Here I have prepared a pictorial which will demonstrate all the steps from making a simple shadow box to the above one. Its a picture heavy post.
So lets get started.
1. Take a CS (12"* 12") and score at 11-1/2", 11", 10-1/2" and then 10". Repeat this step on all four sides.

 2. Now on one side score at 2-1/2" till the third scored line (as in the pic) and then at 9-1/2" to the third score line. Next, just flip the paper at 90° and do the above process again.
3. Cut out all the four corners.

4. Next cut at 2-1/2 and 9-1/2 scoreline, all the way to the third line. Repeat on the opposite side as well. This will create four flaps

5. Fold all the scorelines to form square shape and then glue down the side without the flaps first. Do it on the sides with flap too and lastly glue down the flaps too. Flaps will hold the edges nice and tight.
5. Decorate as per your choice with PP and embellishments.

This makes a simple shadow box. Now we will see how we can make the one with sections.

1. For making sections in the shadow box, take a CS strip, measure the length in which it fits the shadow box.
Tip: when you measure the length of the CS strip make it a little bit lengthy (by 1/8") so that it fits in exactly and no gap is seen.

2. After cutting the CS strip in desired length, score it at 1", 1-1/2", 2", 2-1/2" and fold them with a bone folder to form a square shape and then glue them down on the shadow box at the desired place s we did in above steps. 

This forms the section in the shadow box. You can make as many as you want in the similar way. Just measure the length, cut the strip, score it, fold and attach.

Final part is a 12"* 12" shadow box. Well the process is same as above, but here I took a 12"*12" black CS instead of making a shadow box. Then repeated the above steps of making sections. You can make them in any pattern you want. Just keep in mind that the CS you are using is a sturdy one. You can also make the backing of shadow box with a chipboard sheet to make it a bit more strong.

Here is the pictorial depicting above steps:

Next steps

So guys, I hope this tutorial will be helpful and you guys will give it a try!  Do let me know if there is any confusion and don't forget to take part in our current challenge here!


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  1. Fabulous shadow box Neha. Love the textures and the vintage look. Just so grungy and macho..what a lovely gift fro your brother!

  2. Totally in love with this Neha! Thank you for sharingsuch a fab tutorial!

  3. I loved the theme and the idea of making a shadow box using cardstock. Thank you for this awesome tutorial! :)

  4. Awesome vintage shadow box! Love the fact that the box has been made from scratch! Thanks for the tute Neha!!!

  5. Fabulous work Neha! Thank you for the tutorial :)

  6. AWESTRUCK! You made this shadow box?! Oh My! Special skills you have and thanks for giving a tutorial on it. Stunning creation! :)

  7. Absolutely amazing shadow box Neha and you created at your own:), just love the vintage look! Thanks for sharing the fab tute!


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