Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Valentine's Shadow Box Tutorial

Valentine's Day Shadow Box


So, I'm hosting a "Crafty Valentine's Day" party this weekend, where all the attendees are going to make handmade cards for someone else at the party, and I have a vision of my basement turning into a pink, red and white heart-filled paradise. I've been creating all sorts of little decorative touches, and this is one of them.

Materials:
  • shadow box (I had mine stashed away somewhere, and the glass was actually broken, which is how I came up with this idea)
  • paint
  • paper
  • tissue paper
  • foam-core
  • stamp & ink (and embossing powder/heat gun if you wish)
  • gems
  • glitter
  • fuzzy yarn (you'll only need a small bit of this, so whatever you have around the house will work)
  • tacky glue
  • glue gun
  • Mod Podge
Method:


1. Trace a heart template out of a scrap sheet of paper (I do this by folding a sheet of paper in half, and cutting half a heart, so that both sides are symmetrical. Take your template and trace onto the foam core, and cut out your heart. It doesn't matter if the edges are a little ragged, because they'll be covered by the fuzzy yarn, but try to get it fairly decent looking.


2. Trace the background of your box onto the scrapbook paper of your choice (mine was a dusty rose, subtle print). Once you've cut it to size, use your tacky glue to glue it down into position.






3. Go back to your foam core heart. Stamp your quote (or whatever you choose) in the centre. Mine is a cute little quote from one of my favourite songs ever. I also used a bit of red embossing powder, and fired it with my heat gun for a few seconds, to give it some texture.
Then, take your yarn and glue gun, and in small areas, begin to glue down the yarn to the outside of the heart until you make it all the way around. Cut off any trailing ends you may have.



4. Take your paint and paint the frame of the shadow box (I used a shade of pink that is darker than the scrapbook paper I chose for the background). After it dries, cut a heart out of red tissue paper. Use Mod Podge to glue it down... it doesn't matter if it's crinkly, it'll mostly be covered up... and it gives it a bit of texture, that I kind of like.
Add some glitter around the edge of the red heart.






5. After it's all dry, it's time for the finishing touches. Glue the foam core heart into place with your glue gun. Add some gems for some sparkle... and you're done!

Pretty piece of artwork, using mostly materials that you'll have on-hand (maybe? Is it just me that happens to have all these things kicking around in my basement craft room?)




Anyway... let me know if you try this! It could be used for all sorts of occasions, not just Valentine's Day... just change up the colours and the shape in the middle.


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4 comments:

Melisa with one S said...

Gorgeous! I'm bookmarking this one for future use! Thanks!

L@Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Katie,
That is so pretty! Love it! Thanks for joining the party!
happy crafting,
Linda

Katie said...

Thanks! Enjoy! :)

Monique said...

This is so amazing!!

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