I took a few photos of the steps I took to make the shadow box. I wrote the instructions on the box so you could have it all on one photo if you wanted to keep it handy to make a box of your own. The finished box will be 5″ square. Note: I stamped the Splatter Background on the box and inside box layer using white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder.
Cut a piece of 5″ square cardstock to use as your background layer inside the box and set aside.
Cut a piece of 8 ” square cardstock.
Draw lines 1 1/2″ in on all sides
Line up the square die on your cardstock and cut the frame opening. Note: My pictures do not include this step.
Cut the corners of the box out using your scissors.
Score the sides of the box at 6 1/2″ and 7 1/4″ and fold the score lines in towards the center of the box.
Apply double stick tape to the top and bottom inside tab of the box.
Secure the 5″ card base to the top and bottom tabs inside the box. See below for steps to add snow layers and closing the box.
The Shadow Box and Snow Layers
Cut 5 white snow layers 5″ wide.
Create the shadow box following the steps above but leave open to attach the snow layers to the inside card base.
Apply one layer of mounting tape to the back of the back snow layer and attach to the base.
Apply three layers of mounting tape to the second layer of snow and attach to the base.
Apply five layers of mounting tape to the third layer of snow and attach to the base.
Apply double stick tape to the front of the fourth snow layer and attach it to the inside on the frame.
Apply a single layer of mounting tape to the front snow layer and attach to the front of the box.
Finish closing the box by attaching double stick tape to the side tabs.
Apply double stick tape all the way around the back of the box and secure it to the folded card base.
The Gingerbread House
Cut the house using woodgrain cardstock and the roof, windows and snow sections using white cardstock.
Cut the gumdrops using red, yellow, blue and green cardstock.
Cut the shutters using red cardstock, the inside windows using yellow cardstock and the tiny wreaths using green cardstock.
Apply yellow Wink of Stella to a piece of scrap yellow cardstock, cut to fit behind the windows and attach using Connect glue.
Attach the red shutters and the wreaths to the windows using glossy accents and then attach the windows and door to the house front using glossy accents.
Attach the gumdrops to the gumdrop base using Connect glue and apply clear Wink of Stella to add sparkle.
Apply double stick tape to the front of the gumdrop base and attach it to to the roof section.
Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the roof section and attach to the house.
Create a string of rolled up double stick tape, apply it to the snow layer and attach it to the roof layer.
The Trees and the Christmas Tree Lights
Cut six trees using green cardstock.
Stamp the trees using the Splatter Background and emboss using white embossing powder.
Run all the trees through the crimper to add texture and dimension.
Cut the tree lights using red, yellow, blue and green cardstock.
Lay a piece of gold metallic string down the craft sheet.
Apply glossy accents to the tree lights and attach them to the gold string and allow to dry.
Apply a glue dot to the top back of a tree and begin attaching the tree lights. string the lights back and forth across the tree and finally attach to the bottom back of the tree with glue a glue dot.
Assemble the Ginger Bread Shadow Box Card
Tuck two trees in between the back snow layer and attach with double stick tape.
Tuck the third three in between the second snow layer and attach with three layers of mounting tape.
Apply double stick tape to the bottom of the gingerbread house and four layers of mounting tape to the top portion of the house tuck in between the second and third snow layer.
Tuck the decorate tree and two front trees in between the snow layers and attach using strips of mounting tape.
Cut greenery sections using green cardstock and attach tiny red 1/16″ punched circles using glossy accents.
Finish by attaching the greenery and berries to the front snow layers using glossy accents.
Here is the list of Rubbernecker dies used to make this card.
Fold all the score lines and sharpen the creases of the fold using the Teflon bone folder.
Apply double stick tape to the tabs and bottom sections and attach them together to complete the box.
The Windows, Shutters and Door
Cut four windows, curtain inserts and a door.
Cut four outer window sections to cut and use for shutters. (This applies to red house)
Apply glossy accents to the back edges of the windows and attach the curtains.
Apply glossy accents to the back of the door and attach to the front of the house.
Cut the outer window sections in half.
Lay windows face down, line up the shutter sections on both sides and attach them to the window using double stick tape. Leave tape backing in place to make shutters secure.
Apply double stick tape to the back of each window and attach to the house.
The picture below shows the back and side views of the box.
Roof and Snow Sections
Cut ten black scalloped sections for red house and ten red for the white house.
Cut four white scalloped sections to use as snow for each house.
Cut two sections of the side roof panels for each house and attach to the box using glossy accents. (I wanted the side sections to match the scalloped roofs. I cut a piece of cardstock large enough to cover that section of the house die and ran through the machine)
Apply double stick tape to the back of ten sections and layer them on the top of the box. Start with the lowest section and work up to the top.
Apply double stick tape to the four white sections and attach them around the base of the box to create a snowy ground.
Cut pine sprigs and fir sprigs and attach to the windows of the houses using glossy accents.
Tie eight tiny red bows and attach to the windows of the white house using glue dots.
Create tiny red poinsettias using the tiny 5 petals and tiny flowers and attach them to the red house windows and door using glossy accents.
Cut poinsettia sections in red and green, form the petals using a stylus and molding pad and attach them together using glossy accents.
Attach the larger poinsettia and fir sprigs to the box top of the red house using glossy accents.
Create a multi loop red bow and attach it to the white house roof. Arrange pieces of the pine pair around the bow and attach with glossy accents.
The Christmas Tree Charm
Cut two sections of the Christmas tree charm.
Apply versa to the star topper of the tree and emboss using gold embossing powder.
Cut the star topper off the second tree.
Cut a slit half way up the center of the star topped tree and cut a slit half way down the center of the second tree.
Trim off the trunk of both tree sections to create a flat bottom.
Slide the top tree down over the bottom tree until the bottom edges meet.
Turn the sections until they create the standing tree.
I cut the star topper off both the additional trees so there would only be one star topped tree for my little scene.
Creating the Charming Cottage Box village was so much fun. You can see the full Kraft cardstock house here. The Charming Cottage Box set has so many different pieces that allow for lots of decorating possibilities. I for one love adding windows to my projects. Both the windows in the set could easily be used on full sized or gift card sized cards. Next time I pull this set out I think I will create a spring house with pastel colors and lots of flowers. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.
I stamped one of the three houses and the car on watercolor paper using black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder and used Zig brush markers to color the images. I made a big boo boo coloring the lights on the roof so I traced around the roof of the house on white cardstock and cut it out, crimped and attached it to the roof with glue dots. I cut out several trees for the scene and to use on the top of the car. I attached the blue tag to the base tag with ATG adhesive. I cut an additional white tag and used my deckle scissors to cut the ground snow for the scene and attached to the tag with ATG adhesive.
I tucked the house and trees in behind the snow layers and attached with mounting tape. I folded two tree tops in half and attached to the roof of the car with glossy accents and attached the car in the scene with mounting tape. I finished the scene by applying falling snowflakes in the sky area and on the trees with a white gel pen and attaching a tiny gold star to the top of one tree.
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Good Tuesday morning. The weather here in Florida has been beautiful with low humidity and chilly nights. So the only way I can experience a white Christmas is to create it on my card fronts. My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Front Door paired with the Wrought Iron Fence and an evergreen wreath and door trim made using the Martha Stewart Branch Punch. The brick background was paper is from the Authentique Classic Christmas pad.
I started by attaching the designer paper to the card base with ATG adhesive. The door was cut and pieced together using double stick tape and then attached to the card base. I cut the fence sections, applied touches of Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue to the back of each with my finger and attached them on either side of the door. Once they were secure I trimmed off the excess fence and finished off the edges by attaching thin strips of black cardstock. I finished the scene by attaching a hand cut piece of cardstock across the ground area in front of the door.
I created my wreath for the door using a 3/4” circle and used just the top three sprigs all the way around.
I decorated the wreath with punched 1/8” circles attached with glossy accents, applied a multi loop bow and then applied red stickles to the punched circles for sparkle. Once the stickles was dry I applied light touches of the Crafter’s Pick with an old paint brush and lightly sprinkled with white flower soft. You can see my step by step and video wreath tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.
I used full pieces of branches to arrange an evergreen bough across the top of the door frame and on both sides of the door. I didn’t use quite as light a touch when I applied the Crafter’s Pick to the branches as I did for the wreath. I wanted the snow to look full and fluffy.
I applied a fairly significant layer of glue on the ground section with my finger and applied a full layer of flower soft to create a fluffy carpet of snow.
I love the snowy welcoming door scene. I want to walk right on in.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great day.
Good Sunday morning. Before I start my post I want to draw your attention to the 50% to 75% off CLEARANCE sale going on at Ellen Hutson’s. Ellen is working hard to make room for all of the newly released CHA products that will be arriving soon at the warehouse. I was checking out the clearance categories this morning and was shocked to see how much product is left. I was especially excited to see there are still over 400 wafer thin dies from all of our favorite companies-Impression Obsession, Memory Box, Poppystamps, My Favorite Things, Lifestyle Crafts, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions and many more. Click here if you would like to go straight to the Die Category. Of course dies are not the only thing on sale. You will find paper, tools, adhesives, embellishments, etc. there as well. Today you can save an additional 15% on every remaining in-stock item in the CLEARANCEcategory by entering the clearancecrazy coupon code at check out. The additional 15% off ends tonight at midnight Pacific Time.
I cut the house using the cherry wood sheet, die cut a circle opening with nesting circles and then scored it every 1/2” all the way across the house. I used my deckle scissors to hand cut the roof and base for the house. I sponged vintage photo ink all of the house to deepen the color of the wood and then rubbed the ink pad directly over the house , roof and base to add more color. I especially love how it brought out the scored board lines. I sponged vintage photo ink all around the edges of the house card base to make it blend in with the house. I attached the house to the card base with mounting tape. I attached the roof and base pieces to the front of the house using mounting tape. I wanted the birds, branch and flowers to be bright and springy to contrast with the dark birdhouse. The whole bird branch was cut in green with an additional leaf section cut in green. The birds were cut in aqua, cut away from the main branch and attached over top of the birds on the green branch with glossy accents. Whew! I hope that made sense. I cut tiny flowers in different colors, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached them with glossy accents.
The larger flower at the roof top was cut from the Spring Wreath, formed and assembled with glossy accents. The additional branches and large flower were attached to the roof with glossy accents. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to key spots on the back of the branch and double pieces of tape on the back of both birds and attached to the house. The two pink hearts were attached to the house with double layers of glue dots.
Here’s a close up side view to show the dimension. These love birds are so adorable whistling out their sweetheart tunes.
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you good luck in finding things you would love to have at great savings at Ellen’s CLEARANCE Sale.
Good Monday morning. Before I start talking about my project I just want to remind you to check out my Ellen Hutson’s Things We Love 2015 post and leave a comment for a chance to win a wonderful giveaway prize. You can also use my exclusive discount code thingswelovekittie between now and December 14th to receive a discount on all in stock items in Ellen’s store.
I started by cutting and crimping the snow layers with my wave crimper. The top three layers were attached directly to the card base using ATG adhesive. The adhesive was applied to the bottom of each layer with the top portions being left free so I could place the houses and trees behind them. The bottom layer was attached with a strip of mounting tape. The houses were cut in red and then again in white. I cut the roof portions off the white houses and attached them to the red roof tops with glossy accents. It’s a little hard to see but I added tiny little pieces of green fir branches and a red 1/8” circle to the front of each house for one more touch of Christmas. The tree were cut and crimped.
I tucked the houses in behind the snow layers and attached with strips of mounting tape. The tree were cut, crimped and arranged around the houses and attached with mounting tape. I had the Very Merry sentiment sitting on my desk leftover from another project and thought it would look cute on the first snow layer. The letters were attached with 1/8” double stick tape. I cut several stars from the Sun and Moon set and attached them around the sentiment and to the top of the tallest tree with glossy accents.
Here’s a closer side view to show the dimension of the scene.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week
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