• Bonnie Crane

Christmas & New Year’s Shadow Boxes featuring Spellbinders’ Die Sets

Updated: Sep 13


Hello everyone! Of all the interactive cards, shadow boxes are one of the easiest to make BUT leave a big impression on the recipient. I am a lover of dimension so I had a great time designing and building these cards! I used three die sets from Spellbinders; Shopping Cart Holiday and Presents, Shopping Cart Party On! and Silent Night Make A Scene. The elements in all three sets are really something! Spellbinders include details in their products that are not only imaginative but take their die sets to the next level! So much fun!

To construct the shadow box, no matter the size of the card, 2” is added to the width of the panels. I am working on sturdy Neenah Crest 110lb Card stock. My cards are A2 sized, 4 1/4“ by 5 1/2 “. Two of them are in portrait orientation and the third in landscape. Two panels are needed for each card cut to the following sizes:

  • Portrait - 6 1/4” by 5 1/2”

  • Landscape - 4 1/4” by 7 1/2”

Each end of the panel is scored at 1/2” and 1” for a total of four score lines per panel. The score lines are creased into a ‘Z’ fold.


SILENT NIGHT MAKE A SCENE

One of the panels was die cut with a rectangular die from a nesting set to create the window. Two of the dies from the same set, the next larger and the next smaller, were used to cut blue violet card stock to create a frame that was adhered to the inside of the window. Bristol Smooth card stock was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks Faded Jeans, Shade Lilac and Wilted Violet. The panel was splattered with watered down Gouache and trimmed to 5 1/2” high an 4 1/8” wide. It was adhered to the back shadow box panel.

Two hillsides were die cut; one adhered to the back panel and the other to the front. Swatches of colour were applied to Bristol smooth card stock to die cut the houses and trees. The edges of these elements were brushed with Black Soot using a blending brush. Yellow card stock was adhered to the back of the window openings. The Santa was die cut from black stock and stacked on foam. The snowy accents were done with Chalk White Nuvo Stone Drops.

Shopping Cart Holiday and Presents

One panel was die cut with an oval die from a nesting set to create the window. Two of the dies from the same set, the next larger and the next smaller, were used to cut dark green card stock to create a frame that was adhered to the inside of the window. Bristol Smooth card stock was ink blended with Distress Oxide inks Faded Jeans, Black Soot, Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw. . A snow stencil with with Gina K Gold Glitz Glitter Gel was applied for some shine. it was trimmed down to 5 1/2” high an 4 1/8” wide and adhered to the back shadow box panel.

Bristol Smooth was ink blended with Bundled Sage to die cut the tree. The ornaments and star were cut from coloured card stock. Gold paper was used for the garland and bows. The presents and their lids were die cut from patterned cardstock. When the scene was assemble, both the ornaments and star wee topped off with Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops. The sentiment from the Silent Night set was cut from gold foils card stock and dotted with Tombow glue. When dry, the glue is tack and repositionable allowing the sentiment to be attached to the panel following the curve of the oval.

Shopping Cart Party On!

One panel was die cut with a rectangular die from a nesting set to create the window. A die was chosen to fit the width of the banner when the window frame was in place. Two of the dies from the same set, the next larger and the next smaller, were used to cut matte gold card stock to create a frame that was adhered to the inside of the window. Black cardstock trimmed down to 5 1/2” high an 4 1/8” wide was stencilled with confetti using Gin K’s red, gold and silver Glitz Glitter Gel. . It was adhered to the back shadow box panel.

The glasses and bottle were die cut from vellum and have matte gold accents. These were adhered on on acetate strips and attached to the top of the back panels Z fold. The window panel was decorated with a banner, mask and Christian Louboutin shoes all in black and gold metallic card stock (with red card stock soles for the heels of course😉) ! The HAPPY die cut was borrowed from Spellbinders’ Birthday Wishes for Everyone. The card was finished off with black foam number stickers.


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