Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Shadow Box Tutorial

One of my favorite types of cards to make is a shadow box card. I love the dimension they have and that they can be flattened for mailing.

I created this tutorial to show you how simple creating one is!

Materials you will need: (What I used is in parenthesis)

Two pieces of cardstock (Whisper white, Sugar Collection by Memory Box) 5" by 6"

Card stock to stamp image on (Whisper White- SU!) and any extra for embellishing (American Crafts-Pink)

Scor Pal

Image to stamp (Transported by Penny Black)

Scor Tape- 1/2 inch

Brads (White-The Paper Studio)

Ink (Brilliance graphite black)

Coloring tools (Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Twinkling H20s)

Foam tape (Dimensionals - Stampin' Up!)

(Hemp- Stampin' Up!)

Circle Die Cutting System (I used my Cuttlebug and Nestability dies, can also use Creative Memories Cutting System, Coluzzle, etc.)

Ribbon (May Arts-Pink)

(Oval Punches-Stampin' Up!)

Directions:

First, take the cut cardstock that will be the front and back of the card and score at 1/2 inch and 1 inch from each side (the scoring will be along the 5" side). After folding on the score lines, this is what it looks like. I use my Scor Pal for this and it makes measuring and scoring a cinch!


Then, put the back of the card aside. The next few steps are for the front of the card.

Place the front of the card on top of the C cuttlebug plate and position the Nestability die in the center of the cardstock. (For this step, make sure the circle will allow the image you are using inside to show through!) ****You can use any type of circle/oval/square die you want and any cutting system.

I place my die DOWN on the paper. I realize that this is not the correct way to use these dies with the cuttlebug but I do it all the time to get the perfect alignment. The dies will leave scratches on your plates as they typically do.

Cover with B plate and run through Cuttlebug machine.


The result will be this:

To create the scalloped border, use the same circle die as you did in the first step and cut a circle from cardstock. (Make sure there is ample room around the perimeter of the circle so you can cut the scalloped shape.)


Then, using a larger scallop die, place die centered around the circle. Use the die face down to get perfect placement.

Here is the result---a perfect scalloped border to frame your image:

Attach scallop frame to card front as shown:

Stamp main image on white cardstock. I used this darling image from Penny Black called Transported. (Thanks Michelle!) Color as desired. Cut out image and adhere to background piece with dimensionals or foam tape.


Add brad accents if you wish to the front side of the card (so that when you tape the front and back together, you do not see the brad prongs on the reverse side.)
Assemble the card by lining the side flaps with Scor Tape. Tape one side and adhere and then do the other side.


Add sentiment (I used this clear stamp from Hero Arts because it was the perfect size and fit the image well!)


Add ribbon (I used this pink ribbon from May Arts that I received as a birthday gift. Thanks Michelle!)


Whola! Done!
Here is a close up of the bear---I used hemp for the balloon ties and put the bear's paw on an extra dimensional so it looks like he is holding the ties.


Here is a view of the top of the box. This gives you a better look at how it was assembled.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. This was such a fun card to make and it is so simple. I definitely have to remember to make more of these!
Thanks for stopping by!

50 comments:

Linsey said...

this is so darling, Cammie! I lov the soft pastels, your sweet bear image with the pretty 3D balloons! What a fantastic shadow box tuttoria also, I must try that! I once made one and enjoyed it very much, but never made another--why? Don't know, but now I will! :) tfs

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Cammie..this is so adorable. I will have to try this out...Cool idea and that little bear is so sweet..chris

Angela (SCS monkeymama) said...

Awesome!!! You made it look so easy; I'm going to have to try this!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh I LOVE this! I've never made one of these...adding it to my to do list ;)
Can't wait to get my circle nesties soon!!

Jennifer Love said...

OH my! Super cute! I'm gonna have to try this out..of course, without the Scor-Pal. :( I've overspent for the month...maybe next month. LOL!

Ila said...

Wow!! this is Gorgeous!! I've wondered how to make these..fabulous tutorial!

beate said...

Cammie, your shadow box card is beautiful! Your coloring is wonderful.I love these cards as well.

catdidit said...

Wow! Your card is awesome, and you make it look so easy. I am definitely going to try this one! Thanks so much for this tutorial!

Michelle said...

Awwww....that is just about the sweetest thing! I love the soft pastel colors you chose. The hemp balloon ties is a perfect touch with the way you popped up his little paw. Awesome tutorial...awesome card! :-)

Amy said...

i. am. speechless.....

this is so dang cute!

hugs,

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh how utterly SWEET!!!! I always wondered how to make these!! What a great tutorial....I am definitely gonna try this! That is such a precious lil bear and balloons!!

Donna said...

this is just PRECIOUS! I love the image with the dimension you gave it. Never saw a sweeter shadow box card. love that dp too! TFS the 'visual'

Stampmouse said...

awesome tutorial you always make everything look so easy

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Very cute! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Julie Koerber said...

Hey Cammie!
I love your cutie patootie card! I haven't tried one of these but think I might need to! I have a challenge card that I need to create for Friday. This just might be perfect--if I use it, I'll be sure to drive people your way for the tutorial! Fun! Fun! Fun!

broni (waterchild12) said...

This is so, so cute!!! I love the dimension of the bear and balloons!

Julie Masse said...

Your card is super cute Cammie!! This is one of the first cards I discovered when I started blurfing and blogging - they are so fun!! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

Maria Levine said...

That is so awesome! Love it! I may have to give this a try! More reasons a score pal would be helpful! Yes I know I should just order one! LOLOLOL!

Judi said...

This is so cute! Great tutorial, TFS.

Christi said...

This is awesome!! Fantastic tutorial!!

BevW said...

I have REALLY got to break down and just buy those Nestibilities dies. I love what you can do with them and I absolutley LOVE this tutorial!
thanks so much for sharing.

Jennifer Buck said...

What an awesome tutorial!...and such an adorable card! I really love it! TFS...hope you are doing well! :)

Anonymous said...

That is one "sweet" card. Love it and definitely will give it a try. Thanks for the tutorial.

Brenda M.

Kira said...

I absolutely love this! What a great idea! And thank you so much for the tutorial! Such a good idea to give a little dimension in a fun way!

And I missed the adorable penguin girl from Saturday! TOO CUTE! Thanks so much for all the sharing!

Kathleen said...

Cammie---LOVE THIS! That is so cute---have I ever seen one of these? I just don't think I have! Thanks for the tutorial. I can't imagine the time it takes to do that---the time it takes for me to take a good picture of ONE card is overwhelming, so I TRULY appreciate your time!! Thanks for your sweet comment, too! I always need to be reminded that being Mother of the Year is over-rated!!

Rita said...

This is sooooo adorable! I luv it!!! I luv the DP & that Teddy is so darn cute!!!

stampmonkey said...

That is such an adorable card, Cammie! I love the paper, the pastel pink, and the sweet little bear holding onto the balloons (so clever!). I've never made a shadow box card before -- thanks for the tutorial (it looks like fun)!

Sunshine said...

I love this! Juat gorgeous!
And I am plesed to hear there is someone else besides me who uses the nesties cutting edge UP (ie, the wrong way!).
As you say, it is so much easier to get them in the exact position. Thank you!
Sunshine
www.ihearttostamp.blogspot.com

Sunshine said...

OOps! I should have put, 'cutting edge DOWN' not up!!
Sunshine again! xo

Silli said...

thanks for this great tutorial Cammie. The card ist so cute! Great coloring!

Bunny B said...

Oooo!! It's TOO cute! Great tutorial. Thanks!

peanutbee said...

What an adorable card, and GREAT tutorial. Gonna have to give this a try!

Melanie said...

terrific shadowbox! unbearably cute!

Joanne B. said...

Cammie, this is TOTALLY ADORABLE! You did an amazing job and this is the cutest thing I've ever seen.

guess what just got added to my to do list!

Michelle said...

This is adorable Cammie. I have a preggie pal that I am going to practice making this for.. it's her first baby and a GIRL!!! I am having a blast creating pink cutsie stuff for her..

Christina Fischer said...

This is waaaaaay cute!!! I gotta get me some Nesties!! :)

Janine said...

I made shadow box cards in a class that I taught and everyone loved them.. Yours turned out so fabulous!!
Have a great day!

Robyn said...

Beautiful job Cammie!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Okay girly!! I tried one last night...Hope your morning is going well.

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

This is so stinkin' ADORABLE, Carolyn! I have never made one of these shadow box cards, but you make it hard not to start! LOL

Joan said...

Wow, awesome.....thanks for the tutorial. Joan

Debbie Olson said...

Wow, Cammie! This is totally fabulous!!

Kim said...

So cute Carolyn!!!

Bee said...

Oh waow, I have to try that!! Thanks for the tutorial, such a cute card! :-)

Lori Barnett said...

This is great!! I just printed off the tutorial so I have to to reference. You did a fantastic job on your card :) TOO CUTE!!

Julia Aston said...

Super tutorial Carolyn! love the colors and sweet bear holding the balloons!

dpkennedy said...

This is so cute Cammie! The shadow box is great and I love the inside image! Great dp too!!

Elaine said...

This is a cute card! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Juanita B said...

Beautiful, beautiful card!! I MUST try this technique, the tutorial is crystal clear and easy to follow. You are such an inspiration to me. TFS.

Rose Ann said...

Wonderful tutorial, Carolyn!! Your card is adorable too!!