Shadow Box Card Die Makes It So Easy!

When I learned that Rubbernecker was coming out with a shadow box card die I was just beside myself with excitement!  Shadow box cards, like any 3D card, is always a huge hit and they are super fun to make. But the fiddly cutting and folding always caused me to pause and ponder how badly did I REALLY want to make a 3D scene. Now? I can whip one up any time with this awesome one piece shadow box card die that makes gorgeous A2 cards in a flash! 

To make this card I used the Rubbernecker A2 Shadow Box Frame, Truck, Evergreen Trees, Deckle Hills, Small Birds, Greenery #1 and Splatter Background.

A dimensional card made using die cuts and a shadow box card die to create a 3D scene

The Shadow Box Frame Scene Background

  • Cut the shadow box frame using blue cardstock.
  • Cut the 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ scene base using blue cardstock.
  • Create the falling snow by stamping the Splatter Background on the frame and scene base using white pigment ink and white embossing powder and heat.
  • 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 scene 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 red A2 sized card base.
  • Be sure and check out my video below showing how to fold and secure the shadow box frame. 

The Snow Layers

  • Cut one 5.00″ wide snow layer using white cardstock and Deckle Hills die.
  • Use white cardstock to cut three 4 7/8″ wide snow layers with three different heights to layer inside the box.
  • Apply double layer strips of mounting tape to the back of of all three snow layers and insert them inside the frame.
    • Attach the tallest layer to the scene base.
    • Attach the middle layer to the back snow layer.
    • Finish by attaching the shortest layer to the middle layer.
  • Apply double stick tape to the front snow layer and attach it to the front of the frame.
  • See the picture below to see the snow layers inside the frame.

A closeup side view of the card base and decorated die cuts used on a shadow box card die to make a dimensional card

The Evergreen Trees

  • Cut three sets of trees using two different shades of green cardstock. Note:  You can surely use one color of green but I thought it would look more interesting with the two different shades.
  • Stamp the Splatter Background on the trees using white pigment ink and white embossing powder and heat.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the bottom base of each tree and randomly attach them to the snow layers.  Note:  Try not to attach one tree straight in front of another so your forest will look natural.

Die cut pine trees and a classic red pickup truck are all arranged in an adorable scene made using a shadow box card die

Assembling The Truck and Birds

  • Cut the Truck out using red cardstock, the tires with black cardstock and the hubcaps, headlight and bumper using gray cardstock.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply light touches of Fired Brick ink to the roof, to the fender section and around the door to add a touch of shading.
  • Assemble the tires and hubcaps using glossy accents and attach them to the truck base using glossy accents.
  • Apply rolled double stick tape to several spots on the back of the fender and attach it to the truck base.
  • Attach the bumpers, headlights and truck rails to the truck using glossy accents.
  • Use mounting tape to attach the Christmas tree to the bed of the truck.
  • Create the tiny wreath on the door with the tiny tips of greenery and a hand cut 1/2″ wreath ring.
  • Attach the greenery tips all the way around the ring using glossy accents and apply 1/16″ red punched circles to the wreath using glossy accents.
  • Apply glossy accents to the back of the wreath and attach it to the door of the truck.
  • Attach the truck to the card front using mounting tape and add a few snowflakes using a white gel pen.
  • Cut the birds using red cardstock, color their beaks with a black marker and attach them to scene base, frame and snow layer.


a shadow box card die cut and assembled to show off the dimension in a card featuring a classic red pickup and wintry forest all made using die cuts from Rubbernecker

The sky is the limit on how many ways to use the Shadow Box Frame dies.  Check out my Shadow Box Card category to see my other fun examples. 

5315D A2 Shadow Box Frame Die
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5162-11D Truck Die Cut
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5217-01D Evergreen Tree Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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1231 Splatter Background
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
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Unicorn White, Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad
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Fired Brick, Ranger Distress Ink Pad
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
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Clear Acrylic Block 4.78″ X 6.125″…
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Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen, White
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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COPIC Sketch Marker 100, Black
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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3mm (1/8″), Be Creative Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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Can you see how this shadow box card die can pretty much change your paper crafting/card making life? Are you already imagining all the cards you could make? Grab this die and see what happens to your creativity!

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