Monday, 26 March 2012

Easter Blossoms Shadow Box Card

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



CREATIVE M said...

Beautiful Shadow box and your coordinating Card.Lovely colors.Great Job!

Margaret said...

Your shadow box is gorgeous! My hand hurts just thinking about cutting around all of the blossoms, but it does have an amazing effect! The matching box envelope is beautiful too!

kelly said...

OMG this is completely amazing!!! Never even heard of a shadow box card before. Love how the branch creates the scene for the little girl in the background!
Kelly xx

Kelly L said...

This is really beautiful! Love how you decorated the back so you have a place to write a note too. Great idea! :)