Saturday, August 28, 2010

Super Saturday Tutorial: Shadow Box or Gift Box?

Most of my tutorials are driven by reader requests and reader comments, but this one came from a stamp messy desk!  Stamping inspiration can come from just about anywhere… and this week’s Super Saturday Tutorial comes from a pile of supplies in my Stamping Studio!  Looking around at the mountainous mess I had created, I spotted this stack of stuff (I have removed the clutter from the photo to protect the innocent neat followers):

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And from the mounds and messes, comes today’s Super Saturday Tutorial!  Is it a shadow box or a gift box?  Could be either!

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Assemble Your Stamps and Supplies for Today’s Super Saturday Shadow Box Tutorial:

Stamps:  En Francais, Just Believe, Day of Gratitude

Classic Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso

Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso


  • Glitter Brads
  • Paper Daisies
  • Big Shot Machine
  • Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade
  • Paper Piercing Tool
  • Scallop Square Sizzix Die
  • Heavy Window Sheet
  • Tombow Multi Adhesive
  • Red Sticky Tape
  • Early Espresso Stampin Write Marker
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Bone Folder
  • Stampin’  Dimensionals
  • Itty Bitty Punch Pack:  Flower

Step 1: 

Cut Cardstock

  • Early Espresso (for Lid) 8 1/2” Square (shown as crumb cake cardstock in many photos.. sorry!)
  • Sahara Sand (for Bottom) 6 7/8” Square, and 3.5” x 7” piece for ‘kick stand’ (optional)
  • Very Vanilla 5 1/2” square, cut with Sizzix Scallop Square Die and Big Shot Machine
  • Heavy Window Sheet:  6 7/8” square

Step 2: 

Score the 8 1/2” square of Early Espresso Card Stock (Lid) at .75” and 1.5” on all four sides, use a bone folder to crease all scored lines well.

Step 3: 

Cut on the 1.5” line and UP to the 1.5” line along two parallel sides.

  Shadow Box Tutorial Step1

Step 4: 

Now you’re going to place a line of Red Sticky Tape along the bottom edge of two 1.5” score marks along the sides that have tabs.. IMPORTANT:  DO NOT PUT ON INSIDE SQUARE.  My photo does not show red sticky tape on the tabs.. but it is OK if you put some there… you can do it now or later :)

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Step 5:

Remove the protective layer from the Red Sticky tape, and fold down on the 3/4” scored line.

HOT TIP: Gently scraping the tip of your paper snips along the surface of the protective film helps the film release easily.  You can then lift it with the tip of your snips… some people use their fingernail to do this.. but I find that my snips work much better!

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Step 6: 

Place the Sizzix Scallop Square Die just inside two pairs of parallel lines.

Shadow Box Tutorial Step6 HOT TIP:  Use grid paper to align both card stock and die, the die will be lined up at 3/4” along both X and Y axis.

Note:  The scored lines will be overlapped along two ends of the Scallop Square Die.

Step 7:

Fold the taped sides UP along the edges of the Sizzix Scallop Square Die…

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Make the proper sandwich (Cutting Plate-Card Stock – Die – Plate) AND run it through your Big Shot Machine with the sides of the cardstock held in the upward position.

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Remove from the Big Shot Machine, remove center scallop square die cut and save for a future card.

Step 8:

If you haven’t already, Add Sticky Red Tape or Tombow Multi Adhesive between the layers of the little loose flaps.

Add Sticky Red Tape along the bottom edge of the remaining two 1.5” scored lines.    IMORTANT NOTE  Be sure to add the red sticky tape to the same side of the cardstock as you did in Step 4.

 Step 9:

Work one corner/side at a time.  Remove the red sticky tape protective liner attach each corner flap.  Be sure to form a neat and square corner.Shadow Box Tutorial Step9

Step 10:

Add a little Tombow Multi Adhesive or Red Sticky Tape to the top of the corner flap pieces before folding the entire 3/4” edge over and forming the shadow box lid.

 Shadow Box Tutorial Step10

 Step 11: 

Remove protective blue film from heavy window sheet, and add Tombow Multi Adhesive or Red Sticky Tape along four edges on the same side of the sheet before inserting inside box lid.

Step 12:

Score the Sahara Sand 6 7/8” square (box bottom) at 3/4” along all four sides, use a bone folder to crease.

Step 13:

Cut corner flaps to 3/4” scored line on two parallel sides.

Shadow Box Tutorial Step13

Step 14:

Work each corner one at a time.  Add Tombow Multi Adhesive to the back of each flap, attach to the inside box side and hold in place until set.  Take time to form 4 neatly squared corners!  (See photo in step 9)

Optional:  Add a ‘kick stand’ to your shadow box for display purposes!

Score the 3.5” x 7” piece of Sahara Sand Card Stock at 2”, 4”, 4.75”, 5.5” and 6.25”, bone fold along each score line.

Fold mountain/valley/mountain/mountain as shown in this photo:

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Add  Tombow Multi Adhesive ALL along the edge flap shown with the red strip in the photo above.   If you choose to use Red Sticky tape, you will need to put two lines.. one as shown, and a second nearer the scored ‘mountain’.

Attach the two ends, folding the glued flap to the inside… your ‘kick stand’ will look like this:

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Attach the ‘kick stand’ to the bottom edge of your box base (bottom) using Tombow Multi Adhesive or Red Sticky Tape.  (In humid climates, I prefer to use Tombow Multi Adhesive as it seems to hold much better than Red Sticky Tape over time!)


Finishing Up:

Decorate your box!

Shadow Box Free Tutorial

  • Stamp and decorate the Very Vanilla Cardstock Scallop Square Piece.  In the featured sample, the En Francais stamp image was stamped first with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink, the tall floral image from the Just Believe Stamp Set was stamped next (inked with Early Espresso Classic Ink) and then a sponge dauber was used to highlight the edges of the card stock with Early Espresso Classic Ink.
  • Attach the stamped scallop squre to the inside/center of your box bottom with Tombow Multi Adhesive.  Note:  Using Tombow Multi Adhesive gives you a little ‘play time’ to move an align the scallop square as needed.
  • Stamp the 2nd larges flower from the Paper Dasies with Early Espresso Classic Ink and the large medallion image from the Day of Gratitude Stamp Set.
  • Use Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker’s brush tip to add polka dots to the next size daisy from the Paper Daisies kit.  HOT TIP:  Gently touch your marker tip to the paper, and it will bleed as a dot… the longer you leave the marker on the paper, the larger your dot will become!
  • Use a sponge dauber and Early Espresso Classic Ink to add a bit more color to the tips of both paper daisies.
  • Punch a scrap of Early Espresso paper with the floral image from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.
  • Use a paper piercing tool to pierce the center of the bitty punch flower.
  • Use a paper piercing tool to align the centers of the bitty punch flower and paper dasies.  Push it all the way through the three layers to make the hole a bit larger.
  • Add glitter Brad to the paper daisy ensemble.
  • Attach to the outside/corner of box lid with three stampin dimensionals.

Don’t you think this box would make an excellent presentation for a handmade necklace?  And it’s a gift that keeps on giving too!

Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial, and will give it a whirl!  I’d love to see your box creations too… upload your Shadow Box Creations using the Inlinkz tool (below).


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Nancy Dawson said...

What a super cool box! Your tutorials are great. Wish I had your talent and thanks for sharing. Nancy

Julie said...

Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous project AND tutorial. Good to see that I am not the only one that creates "in clutter". :)

Laurie Gibson said...

Sharon, I love this!!! Can't wait to give it a try!! tfs.

lisa808 said...

OMGosh, awesome!

Jackie said...

It's lovely, and thanks for sharing your technique so comprehensively.

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I love the flower!! Pretty card :)

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


Nancy said...

This is so pretty! Thank you for the tutorial - I will be trying this.
Thanks, too, for joining in at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge.

Terry said...

What a gorgeous box and thank you for sharing a tutorial! Love it!

LynneForsythe said...

What a WONDERFUL tutorial and a great idea!!

thanks bunches for playin' along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!!

Sue said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial Sharon, I've been wanting to make one of these for ages, and yours is gorgeous x