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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.
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.)


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.
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.
Fold all your score lines inwards, this will form your frame.
Apply your tape to the outer scored sections. When folded over this will form a square tube with the tape on the bottom.

Starting with the top and bottom scored pieces, Remove the tape backing and fold over to form your “tube”.
Then do the same for the longer sides with the tabs.

Apply a small dot of glue to the corners of the top/bottom and adhere to tabs.
Here is what it looks like at this point.

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.
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.
Apply tape to the front side of the card base and remove backing. Adhere your shadowbox to the card base.
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.
I decided to dress up the frame a little more with some washi tape and a few flowers I had in my stash.
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!


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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.

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Great tutorial Debbie!

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