This is a step by step tutorial on how I made a shadow box using the Mintay Celebrations Paper Pack, which is not currently in stock in ASC Supplies Esty shop. You can keep checking the shop to see if its available or you can check out some of the other Mintay paper collections; they are all beautiful collections. I literally worked on this project the entire day and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
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ASC Supply List for the written tutorial project:
Mintay Celebrations Paper Pack (Currently out of stock, so keep checking the Etsy shop for availability)
Supplies and tools from my craft room:
Art Glitter GlueE6000 GlueMod Podge
Apple Barrel Paint – Sunkissed Peach (Walmart)
Various types of flowers
Flat back pearls – white
Steampunk buttons from Walmart
Gold Leaf Vine
Superfine Glitter – Dollar Tree
Square wood craft sticks
Distress Oxide Ink – Spiced MarmaladeTim Holtz Idea-Ology Wooden Vignette Boxes 4 Per PackAdvantus TH93710 Idea-Ology Baseboard Frames (8 Per Pack), MulticolorStep One: I took the Sunkissed Peach Apple Barrel paint and dry brushed it on the outside and inside of the box.
Step Two: I applied Modge Podge to the largest frame in the Idea-Ology Baseboard Frames and then sprinkled superfine glitter all over it. I put that aside to dry and when it was done I took a stipling brush and brushed off some of the glitter to give it a more distressed and vintage look.
Step Three: Next, I cut a 3.5″ x 5″ piece of the Mintay paper and distressed the edges and then glued it to the inside back of the box.
Step Four: I cut two strips from the same paper to fit the top, bottom, and sides of the outside of the box. I used the Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade ink to distress all of the edges and then used Mod Podge to adhere each strip to the box. Once they were secure I went over the tops of each side to make sure the paper was adhered.
Step Five: I felt the inside seemed plain so I took some thin antique lace I had in my stash and hot glued it down around the back inside of the box. I think it really added an extra layer to the look, so that made me happy.
Step Six: I took three small square wood craft sticks and cut them down to fit both of the focal images that went inside the box. This helps to make them more secure. I then hot glued each one to the bottom inside of the box.
Step Seven: It was now time to break out the E6000 and attach the frame to the box, as well as the gears and clock at the top and sides of the box.
Step Eight: Once I felt those pieces were dry enough, I started adding the fussy cut images that I cut out earlier from the images in the paper collection. I made a little banner with three of the smaller flowers and used hot glue to secure all of the images, including the banner.
Step Nine: Before adding the flowers I cut two leaf strips out of the Alinacraft gold leaf vine and hot glue those in various places on the bottom. I also cut single leaves and secured those at the top where the smaller ivory flowers were glued down. Then I proceeded to hot glue down all of the other flowers into place.
Step Ten: This final step was just about filling in some space and adding a bow to the clock at the top, so it didn’t feel so empty. I also glued down a large flat back pearl on top of the large gear on the left of the box.
Next to the G45 Princess shadow box I did for one of my other design team projects, I really liked how this one turned out. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with box; I’m thinking of entering it into our local fair in July. Here’s some up close photos to show the detail on the bottom and inside of the box.
Check out my YouTube channel for a project share of this particular shadow box.
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