Last week I shared a photo of a shadow box that I made for my home. Can I just say how much FUN I had creating this? Each little square was its own little piece of art. I love that!
Today I want to share with you some tips for making your own shadow box. What I love most is that I can change it out season after season. Hmmm, I think I need a football one right now! lol
Creating the base
Obviously every frame will be different depending on where you buy it. Mine is from Ikea (drove 3 hours just to get there). The inside measures 9″ x 9″. I stamped randomly on this piece. Only the edges will show so don’t mess with stamping a lot on the inner area. I thought Chocolate Chip would look nice as my base.
This piece is your working area and it’s 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″. If your frame is 8″ x 8″, I would still work with the 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ area for the center. I didn’t do any stamping on this piece so once it’s cut, you’re ready to go. For Fall, I chose Cajun Craze.
9 Inner Squares
I have 2 layers on my squares. 2 1/8″ x 2 1/8″ (I chose Crumb Cake). The top squares, I used 4 colors cut 2″ x 2″ – Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, and Cherry Cobbler. I did cut 3 of each so that I had more to play with. I only needed 9 but I had 12 to work with. This allowed me to play with different layouts as I worked so I do recommend you do this (or just use 3 color and have 3 of each).
Decorating the Squares
Have some fun! Look through all those stamps you have – images, sentiments, whether it has anything to do with the season or not. Sometimes the coolest images are not necessarily seasonal but look great (I used Postage Due and it tied it perfectly)! And if you stamp it and it’s not quite right, what are you out? A 2″ x 2″ piece of paper? Big deal! Start over. It’s just a little piece of cardstock 🙂 Play around and enjoy the creative time!
Tips on Decorating
- Use punched images and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It is a shadow box, after all. The more dimension the better!
- Sponging can really make a square stand out
- Try adding a ribbon knot or just emboss the square.
- This is a great way to use scraps of Designer Series paper too. Use them as a layer (1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″)
Adhering the Squares
This can be the tricky part but I have some great tips to make it easy breezy! Begin by laying all the squares in place with no adhesive. You’ll want to move them around so that your color pattern looks good. I moved mine around A LOT before adhering anything down.
Next, set them up so you can see your spacing. Mine came in at 1/4″ all the way around. Don’t try to measure it. That will make you bonkers. Just eyeball it. Remember, there is NO adhesive on the squares yet so it’s all good.
When you’re happy with the layout, adhere the four corner squares first but DON’T PRESS ANYTHING DOWN! Lay it on gently so if you need to move it you can. You can adhere it with SNAIL or Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next adhere the other 4 outer squares and end with the center square.
Place it in your frame and viola! You are ready to display you fabulous piece of artwork! Want to see some close-ups of my squares? Here you go!
So, are you ready to give this project a go? If you can’t find a shadow box, you might even think about doing this in an 8 x 10 frame without the glass that way you can get all the dimension without any issues.
Hope you guys have fun decorating for the upcoming season and holidays! I will post more of these framed pieces of art through out the coming months!