Friday, 11 January 2013

Handmade Shadow Box

I wanted to share another project I finished in December.  This is a shadow box of my son and daughter-in-law with their 3rd baby girl Suri.  I did not have a shadow box and could not find one locally so I took a wooden frame that I had and then decided how many sections I wanted in it and then I glued a piece of chipboard to the back and drew out the sections I wanted on a piece of paper and then transferred the frame sections to cardboard so that it would be all one piece - I didn't want to cut strips and piece them together - I wanted the divider to be all one piece so I would not have to worry about seams.  I cut several of the strip dividers out of corrugated cardboard and glued them on top of each other to get the height I wanted and because the cardboard had the corrugation inside, when I was gluing them on top of each other I "smushed" some sections lower than others to give it a rather uneven look.  I decoupaged Collections Elements Tissue paper inside of the sections and then added some Tim Holtz tissue tape to the divider sections.  The heart in the top left corner I stamped with a Stampin' up stamp (don't remember the name of it) on tracing paper and then just added touches of color with Tim Holtz distress markers and then covered the top of it with glossy accents.  I took a piece of wire, wound it around a pencil several times to make a spiral and then attached a "love" charm and another dragonfly wing charm to it.  One of the butterflies sits on top of a button that I melted gold and silver embossing powder onto it.  Another butterfly sits on a piece of air dry clay that I also melted gold embossing powder on.  The Lock and key were brass colored and I wanted it to be silver and old and rusty looking so I painted them with silver paint and then melted silver embossing powder on them and when the heat was applied, the powder melted and the paint bubbled and then I distressed them with "Rusty Hinge" distress ink to give them a rusty appearance.  The half moon fan shape behind the lock and key was made from the Sizzix decorative strip die Mini Paper Rosettes and I just cut a portion of it off and glued it in a fan shape to the edge of the opening.  I also made the flower in the bottom right hand corner with that same die.  For the center of the flower, I also used a metal brad and heated it then dipped it in silver embossing power then spritzed it and the flower with glimmer mist Burnt Red and Haunted shadow.  The smaller photos were printed in black and white and I adhered them to the back of the frame with a couple of layers of cheesecloth behind them and then I printed words on a transparency sheet and glued it over the opening of both of the smaller photos.

Thanks For looking!

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