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Paper Shadow Box-Fan Fair Product Suite

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I created this shadow box for a specific Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew challenge.  I wanted to keep it fairly simple with only 2 compartments and using black and white with a pop of red.  More embellishments could have been added, but again, I wanted to keep it simple.

Here's how to create your own paper shadow box!

You can make any size of shadow box and add as many inserts and compartments as you'd like.  The basic scoring measurements remain the same.

For the final shadow box, I started with a 12"x9" piece of Basic Black textured card stock.  It's finished size is 8"x 5".  The inside compartment (without dividers) measures 7"x 4".  I used a sheet of 12"x9" Whisper White card stock for the instructions.

Score every 1/2" on all 4 sides: 1/2", 1", 1 1/2" and 2 ".

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 On 2 sides, score at 2 1/2" and 9 1/2" to the last or 2" score line.

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Cut out the 4 corners as shown below, leaving a tab on each side.  You will remove the 12 squares on the end, leave the middle 4, and remove the inside 4.

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Apply Sticky Strip to each of the tabs.

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Fold all the score lines in towards the center.  Use a bone folder to get crisp score lines.

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Apply Sticky Strip to the each side on what will be the inside roll.

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Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip and roll each side towards the center creating the frame of your shadow box.  Apply a little pressure to make sure the Sticky Strip holds each side of the frame in place.

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Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip on the 4 tabs.  Fold them in to help square the box and finish off the look of the sides of the frame.

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Now, you are ready to create the inside compartments of the shadow box.  You can have as many compartments and configure them any way you'd like. 

I would suggest creating and attaching the inserts first, before adding the compartment dividers. You can insert them into the box and use the dividers to hide any seams.

This box was created for a specific Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew challenge.  In the challenge, we were to use sets from the Fan Fair Product Suite found in the main catalog (pages 106-107).  I chose to use the sets Elements of Style and Postage Due.  For the Elements of Style compartment, I simply stamped the image on a piece of 3 1/4 x 3 3/4" white card stock using Black Stazon.

The Postage Due compartment was made using the My Digital Studio download.  I simply resized it in MDS and printed the image out on white card stock.  I also sized and printed out the 2 postage stamp images on white card stock.  I then punched them out using my Postage Stamp punch and layered them over Cherry Cobbler for a pop of color.

Both pieces were attached to the inside of the box using SNAIL adhesive.

Then, it was time to create the compartment divider.

For this shadow box, I started with a scrap of black textured card stock(left over from the original cut and white for the instructions) measuring 4 1/4" x 2 1/2".

Score it at 1/2", 1, 1 1/2" and 2".

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 Fold along the score lines using the bone folder to get crisp score lines. 

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Apply a piece of Sticky Strip to the inside roll.  I apologize that this photo is so blurry.  My camera was having trouble focusing white card stock on white background!

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I  knew I only wanted 2 compartments and the inside height measurement of the box is 4".  Once the piece was scored and rolled, I double-checked the fit and trimmed it down to 4" before the final Sticky Strip assembly.

Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip and roll the piece forming the compartment divider.  Apply another piece of Sticky Strip to the bottom.  Peel off the red backing and insert into the box.

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For the handle at the top, I cut a scrap of black textured card stock (again left over from the original cut) 1/2" x 7" and slightly curved the ends.  I then attached it to the top using Mini Glue Dots.

For a shadow box measuring 8"x8" (inside measurements without dividers 7"x7"),start with a 12"x 12" piece of card stock.  Use the same scoring measurements.  The length of your dividers will change depending on how you want to configure the compartments.


Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Elements of Style, Postage Due (MDS download)

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black 12" x 9" textured, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Board and Stylus ( a must for this project-easy scoring!), bone folder, Postage Stamp Punch, heart from Artisan Embellishment Kit, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, My Digital Studio, computer/printer

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Altered DictionaryPage-Punched Butterfly

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While I had my Butterfly punch out, I made this card to send as a thank you to the Wetmore Community Library for their recent random act of kindness.  I used my old, very treasured dictionary that my great grandmother gave me many years ago.  I thought butterflies punched out of an old dictionary page would be perfect for a card sent to the library.  It was only after I sent it that I thought maybe the librarian would be upset that an old book had been used in the creation of this card.  They may not allow me to check out books.  They maybe worried that I will cut the book up to use in my crafting!  I'll have to explain that this dictionary is very special to me, and only special projects are created using it!

Supplies used:

Paper: Basic Black, Kraft

Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Butterfly and Eyelet Border punches, distressing tool, brads, paper piercing tool and mat

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More Scrunchy Flowers-Altered Calendar Page

Here are the last of the scrunchy flower cards I made for the Saturday Stamp Club swaps.  The theme was "botanicals."  Please view my posting dated March 5, 2010 for more details, but I used pages from an old 2009 calendar and an old seed catalog for the scrunchy flowers.  By doing this, each card is unique.


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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bella Blooms

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Pawsitively Print, Basic Black, Real Red, Summer Sun

Accessories: 2009 calendar, old seed catalog, paper trimmer, Extra Large Fancy Flower punch, paper piercing tool and mat, corduroy buttons
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Scrunchy Flowers-Altered Calendar page

I love crafting with old books, catalogs and dictionaries.  For these cards, I used pages from my Diane Madaras 2009 calendar.  She is one of my favorite artists and I purchase her calendar each year.  I made these cards for the Saturday Stamp Club swap.  The theme was "botanicals."  I carefully planned and cut each calendar page so flowers would be included in each background piece.  Then I created a scrunchy flower out of my old black and white seed catalog.  I like that this makes each card is unique.

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For a tutorial on how to create a scrunchy flower, please view my video here

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bella Blooms

Ink: Basic Black, Summer Sun

Paper: Pawsitively Print, Basic Black

Accessories: 2009 calendar, old seed catalog, paper trimmer, Extra Large Fancy Flower punch, paper piercing tool and mat, corduroy buttons

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Scrunchy Flower-Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge

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This card is my first entry into the Stamping 411's Saturday Sketch challenge.  I've been a "lurker" of this site for awhile now and never had the courage to submit a sample until now.   I hope it is worthy. Here is the sketch:


Actually, this card fulfills two challenges.  The theme for our Saturday Stamp Club is "botanicals" I love the scrunchy flower (see a video tutorial I created here), and thought it would be perfect for the swap.  I punched out the pieces of the flower from an old seed catalog I have in my paper stash.  The multi-colored piece came from a catalog I picked up in Santa Fe, NM called The Collector's Guide, A Companion for your Art Journey.  It is filled with photographs of artwork found in galleries in ABQ, Santa Fe and Taos.  I keep it on my night stand (along with the Stampin' Up! catalog), and I often flip through it before I go to bed looking for inspiration from the awe-inspiring art work.  (it makes for some vivid dreams!) I enjoy incorporating the brightly colored pages in my own creations.  Remember, re-use and recycle!  The multi colored piece is an abstract painting created by Jim Rabby.  I love the texture and his use of bright colors.  I'd love to see this piece in person as well as own some of Rabby's artwork.

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Be sure to check back as I will be posting more of my botanical-themed swap cards in the next few days.

Supplies used:

Stamp Set: Bella's Bloom

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: seed catalog, Collector's Guide catalog, Extra Large Fancy Flower punch, paper piercing tool and mat, Pumpkin Pie corduroy button, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Texturz Impressions Pad and Silicone Rubber mat



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Paper Lace Tutorial-You Hold the Key to my Heart

Recently I was cleaning out our "catch-all" drawer in our kitchen, and I found all these keys.  What do they open?? Who knows!  Of course, you can't throw something like these away.  So, I bagged them up with every intention of using them in my crafting.  I thought the key incorporated into a sentiment would be a perfect addition to a Valentine's Day card.

I also thought the addition of the key lent itself to a vintage look. For the sentiment,I cut out words from a newspaper, distressed them by tearing and adding some gold metallic speckles.  I punched out a heart on the card front using my Heart punch and added another heart punched out of Sending Love Designer Series paper for the inside.

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I then added a paper lace border made out of pages from my old dictionary.  This is just the latest of the projects I've created using this treasured resource!

Please see the video tutorial below for directions on how to create paper lace.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Backgrounds #114996

Ink: Encore Gold Metallic #101017

Paper: Basic Black #102851, Sending Love Designer Series Paper #117153

Accessories: Dictionary pages, old key, newspaper, bone folder #102300 or crimper #101618, eyelet border punch #113692,  heart punch #113693,Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon #109034

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Altered Dictionary Page-"Scrunchy" flower video tutorial

Here's another project I created using pages from my old dictionary. 

Check below for a video tutorial on how to create the "scrunchy" flower using the Extra Large Fancy Flower punch  found the Occasions Mini Catalog.

I also used an old seed catalog I've had in my stash for part of this card.  The pages of the catalog are black and white with great illustrations (why I've kept it over the years), but it's cover is in full color! I thought the oranges and yellows of the marigold was a great match for the orange in the corduroy button and Designer Series paper.

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Please watch my video tutorial below:



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Supplies used:

Stamp set: Bella's Bloom #111600

Ink: Basic Black #101179

Paper: Basic Black #102192, Pumpkin Pie #105117, retired DSP I had on hand (?), dictionary page

Accessories: Extra Large Fancy Flower punch #118073, Pumpkin Pie corduroy button #114342, paper piercing tool #116631 and mat #105826, brad #109109, Dimensionals ##104430


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Altered Dictionary pages

 I recently took on the major project of cleaning out my craft room in preparation for our move to Colo later this spring.  While cleaning out a large cabinet, I came across the old dictionary that my Great Grandmother had given to me when I was about 10.  It has come apart at the spine into 2 pieces.  I used this dictionary as a kid, and now I use it in my crafting. The pages of the dictionary have aged to a nice Soft Suede color so I don't have to do any extra aging on the paper!  It is perfect for the vintage look.

You've heard me talk about this dictionary before as I posted these projects:

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Papier-mache cup posted on August 15, 2008.

For more information and instructions, please click on this posting:

 How to make papier-mache bowls



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and this one from August 6, 2009. 

Here's my latest creation:

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I picked the dictionary page that had the word "flower" and stamped Purple Cone Flowers using my stamp set Inspired by Nature.  I added a light distressed look using my Sanded background stamp (retired) and Close to Cocoa ink.  I added a few Elegant Eggplant speckles using Itty Bitty Backgrounds.  The dictionary page has aged to a nice, soft brown color, so it didn't need much distressing.  I then added a couple of Summer Sun corduroy buttons and an eyelet punched border. Wouldn't this look pretty framed?  mmmm....

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Supplies used:

Stamp Sets: Inspired by Nature, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Defining Alphabet, Sanded (retired)

Ink: Lovely Lilac, Green Galore, Summer Sun markers, Elegant Eggplant, Close to Cocoa

Accessories: old dictionary page, Summer Sun corduroy buttons, black hemp twine, eyelet border punch


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