I saw this lovely shadow box card recently and I just had to CASE it and make my own version. I haven't made a shadow box card before, I've made diorama cards but I think shadow box cards are easier as there is no central section like in a diorama card. I will definitely try another shadow box again at some time. There is this shadow box card tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. I changed the measurements for my card - I cut two pieces of CS measuring 6" x 6" and scored the sides of both pieces at 1/2" and 1".
My crafty friend Jan loves the Easter Blossoms set, especially the little girl image, so this card will go to Jan and Alan. I was at the Glitter Pot a while back with Jan talking about colours and the ones we tend to avoid. In my case that would be grey, I've probably only used it a few times in all my years of card making. However, I spotted some patterned papers that came in lots of different colours and, surprisingly, I actually liked the grey ones. I bought a couple of sheets and I decided I'd break them out and use them for this card.
I covered the front panel entirely with the patterned paper and then cut out the oval aperture with a Nestability die. I stamped the little girl and some blossom branches on a piece of Whisper White CS and cut it to size as a back panel. It's not easy to see from the photo but I've added some torn Pear Pizzazz CS as grass underneath the girl's feet. I then stamped a few blossom branches, coloured them in with markers and fussy cut them out. A very fiddly task but worth it as I like the way the blossoms look around the aperture - but I wouldn't make another card like this any time soon! To finish off the front I added a sentiment oval and added lots of itty bitty punched flowers with rhinestone jewel centres.
I've decorated the corners of a white panel on the back of the shadow box with the sweet little stamp from the Easter Blossoms set. A Hero Arts stamp/die combo sentiment made its way on there - no surprise there LOL!
Shadow box cards should fold flat to go inside an envelope but I have to own up to mine not folding all that flat. It's my first time making one so I'm cutting myself some slack - plus I certainly wasn't about to start all over again! So I've decorated a box envelope with more of the lovely swirly paper, some Basic Gray CS leaves and a flower with 8 petals made from the Easter egg in the Easter Blossoms set. I inked the egg with Pretty in Pink ink and added Rose Red ink with a sponge dauber. I cut all the petals out and I've glued them to a punched circle to form the flower. I threaded silver lurex ribbon through a button for the flower centre. Quite a time consuming project, it's not a card to mass produce that's for sure! I enjoy making special cards for Jan though as she always appreciates the effort - and I have to say I'm quite pleased how this turned out!
Stamps: SU! Easter Blossoms set, Hero Arts Sending You Love clear set
CS: SU! Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray & Whisper White, 6" x 6" box envelope
Patterned paper: Echo Park Style Essentials Grey Flourish paper
Ink: SU! Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose & Rose Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Petite Oval Nestabilities die, SU! Oval XL punch, flower punch from from SU! Itty Bitty Shapes pack, Sizzix Branch w/leaves medium Sizzlits die, Hero Arts Small Tag Frame Frame Cuts die, SU! 1 1/4" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Designer Button, silver lurex ribbon, SU! Vintage brads, SU! jewel rhinestones, 3d foam pads