I have to start by saying that I am just SO excited that Rubbernecker has designed and released two dies that make a perfect paper shadow box with nothing more than a spin through a machine! If you’ve ever made a paper shadow box you know that measuring and cutting has to be as precise as that done by a BRAIN SURGEON and I just want to CRAFT! My prayers are answered!
The Paper Shadow Box and Card Base
- Cut the shadow box frame using bright green cardstock.
- Cut the 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ scene base using aqua cardstock.
- Use the Scor-Pal to add deeper score lines on the frame.
- Fold the frame sides in and use the bone folder to crisp up the crease on each fold.
- Apply 1/4″ double stick tape on the inside of the wide frame fold layers.
- Turn the frame face down, and insert the aqua base face down in the frame.
- Remove the tape on both frame flaps, fold and secure the frame flaps closed.
- Turn the frame face up and push down on the scene layer and secure it in place to the taped frame flaps.
- Apply 1/4″ double stick to the back of the frame and attach it to the aqua A2 sized card base.
- Be sure and check out my Shadow Box Video Tutorial showing how to fold and secure the shadow box frame.
The Sand Layers
- Cut three 4 7/8″ sand layers using Kraft cardstock and color them using Antique Linen ink.
- Use a clear shimmer pen to add sparkle to the sand layers.
- Apply two layers of mounting tape to the back sand layer and attach it to the back card base.
- Apply three layers of mounting tape to the back of the second and attach it to the back layer.
- Attach three layers of mounting tape to the back of the front sand layer and attach it to the second.
The Fish and Vellum Seaweed and Coral
- Cut the fish using several bright colors of cardstock.
- Use vellum to cut two sections of the sea kelp and seaweed coral dies.
- Apply Color Fuse inks using mini applicators to color the fish and to add depth of color.
- Mix and match the fish sections and attach them together using glossy accents.
- Use black cardstock for the eyes of the fish. Note: Instead of filling in the eye section with the negative piece I cut small black pieces of card stock and attached it to the back side of the fish with glossy accents.
- Color all the vellum pieces using mini applicators and various colors of Color Fuse inks.
- Use a clear shimmer pen to apply sparkle to all the fish and vellum pieces.
Complete the Under Water Scene
- Gently bend and form the seaweed and coral pieces to create the appearance that they are swishing around in the water.
- Tuck the seaweed and coral pieces in behind the sand layers and attach using glossy accents.
- Use small pieces of mounting tape to attach the fish to the aqua card base.
So if you’ve ever wanted to make a paper shadow box card and was intimidated by all the measuring and cutting and tweaking and recutting……get your hands on these dies and make everyone wonder how you became such a papercrafting maven! I sure do appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great weekend.
Here are the Rubbernecker dies and inks used for my card.
Here are the other tolls and supplies used.