Thursday, July 5, 2012

Faux Shadow Box

Hello, I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July! 
It's Lisa back with a NEW tutorial on how to make a faux shadow box out of paper!
Im really excited to share this idea with you, because I was shopping recently at Joann's and I wanted to purchase a shadow box..... I heard somewhere they were around $5.00 dollars?
That certainly was not the case when I looked....they were around $20.00-$25.00!! 
There might be some cheaper out there...but I was into instant gratification at the
So with that price, I figured I could get a similar look if I made one myself, plus make it any color, size and design on the here is my first faux shadow box, made out of just cardstock.
I used lots donna's fabulous products too! Wink wink! 

Here you can see the dimension of the frame....can you still believe it is just paper? lol

Ok, here the tutorial that I know you can make your own frame in just a short time too!
First, pick out a cardstock that is a heavy paper so it will be stronger, like Bazzill or DCWV.
Cut strips of paper 1.25 inches wide and score every .25 inch...
Make 2 (12 inch) long, 4 (11.5 inch) long, and 3 (3.75 inch) long

Next fold all scored lines and fold over, there will be 4 creases and it should overlap with the end.
Then glue together. I suggest a fast drying clear glue like "Art Glitter" clear (my fav!!!)

Here you can the 3D of the frame. 

The flat view of one of the smaller inside pieces. 

After you have made all of your frames pieces place them aside.
Take your patterned paper for a background, I used GCD Botantique from Donna Salazar and
stamped using Donna's "Crackle" with Mix'd Media Inx and Embossing Powder in "Leather"
It really gives it a nice texture and glossy shine.

After you have stamped on you paper wherever you like....then add your frame pieces.
12 inch pieces on the left and right sides. 
11.5 inch pieces on the top, bottom and two long centers
3.75 inch pieces in the 3 short centers
Your frame is done! 
Add embellishments and pictures to your liking! 

Here is a close up using Spellbinders "Bitty Blossoms", "Mix'd Media Elements"
 and some "bling pearls" from Want 2 Scrap. 

I used corrugated cardboard for the branch and fussy cut out some flowers. 

Hope you try making your faux shadow box frame soon! 
Have a great day!
Hugs Lisa

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Toneisha B. said...

Thanks for the inspiration! This is gorgeous!!! Love your work!!

Charlene said...

LOVE this idea- thanks for the tutorial- seems so easy & your example is BEAUTIFUL

LISA said...

Flippin Fantastic Idea Lisa!! I love it!!! Thank you for sharing the know how!! I may have to try this!!
Gorgeous Faux Shadow box you have created!!