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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shadowbox Card By Debi Schnabel

I have recently been honored by Barrie and Carol from Scrapadabadoo Crafts, to be a part of their first design team. I have a lot of ideas swimming around in my head and can not wait to make them come to life.
Since Mother’s Day is coming up I decided to make a card for my Mom and share my process with all of you. This is not a new idea, it has been floating out there in cyberspace for a while. I just adapted it for a card front.
I wanted something elegant, so I chose Graphic 45 Couture paper. I picked out this image from the “Beautiful” paper to use. I also cut out the duplicate to fussy cut later for added dimension.
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I determined the size I wanted. (You can customize this to fit up to an 8x8) This piece was 4 3/4 wide and 7 1/2 length. I next cut my 12x12 paper down to 8 3/4 x 11 1/2. (This will form our shadowbox) Below you can see how I scored on all 4 sides at 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 inches. On the two long sides I score in another 1/2 inch to the inner score lines only, these will be your tabs. So you will have 4 score lines vertically and 5 horizontally.
(Here I drew out the score lines to make it easier to see and understand, I hope.)

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Next I cut out the corners and the 2 outer squares from the scored sections. I did NOT cut down the tab score lines so it will cover the open ends later.
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Apply your background paper to the center BEFORE you form your sides. It’s much easier this way. As you can see mine covers the entire center space.
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Fold all your score lines inwards, this will form your frame.
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Apply your tape to the outer scored sections. When folded over this will form a square tube with the tape on the bottom.
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Starting with the top and bottom scored pieces, Remove the tape backing and fold over to form your “tube”.
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Then do the same for the longer sides with the tabs.
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Apply a small dot of glue to the corners of the top/bottom and adhere to tabs.
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Here is what it looks like at this point.
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I wanted to add some dimension to make it POP! So, I fussy cut the duplicate image and added foam tape to the back. I also added some feathers to the fan to give it dimension and texture. I aligned the images and stuck them down.
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To make the card base I measured the height and width again
4 3/4 x 7 1/2
(Measure twice, cut once)
I doubled the width (4 3/4 to 9 1/2)
9 1/2 width x 7 1/2 height
Score the center (4 3/4) and fold over.
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Apply tape to the front side of the card base and remove backing. Adhere your shadowbox to the card base.
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For the inside of the card I made a mat that measured 4 1/2 x 7 1/4 and used a corner punch. I also inked around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
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I decided to dress up the frame a little more with some washi tape and a few flowers I had in my stash.
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Shadowbox card completed! All I need to do now is add a sentiment inside and send it off to my Mom.
I hope you like this and that you give it a try!
TTFN!
Debi

9 comments:

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  2. This is beautiful and such a cool idea. I am going to have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This is just wonderful and the tutorial is great! Thanks so much!

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  4. Very cute! Love your instructions, Debi. Craft on, my friend.

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  5. your shadow box is Beautiful!! your mom is going to LUV it!!! thanks for the tutorial and the pics are sooo helpful too...

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  6. Oh my! This is so lovely. Thank you for sharing,

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  7. This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this!

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  8. Way cool. Will have to try and will post on FB. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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