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Shadow Box Decoupage Card by Sheila Weaver

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Instructions are included for two versions of the Shadowbox.

2 x A4 Sheets of Photo Paper. (Images can be fitted on 1 sheet if the box is not decoupaged).

1 x A4 Sheet Elegance Satin Card 300gsm.

Sticky Stuff – I used Pinflair Glue Gel, Collall Glue, Foam Pads and Red Liner Tape.

Approx 15cms 10mm Edged Organza Ribbon – I used Hunter.

Fired Brick Distress Ink Pad and Duster Brush.

JS Signature Die, Lace Edger 2.

JS Christmas in Hollypond Hill CD.


Step One

Using JS Gentle Gloss photo paper and the JS Christmas in Hollypond Hill CD print out the required decoupage/image sheets.

For the Decoupaged Shadowbox print out the decoupage sheet, and one extra image resized to the same size as the full image on the decoupage sheet. You will need two A4 sheets of JS Gentle Gloss photo paper for this version.

For the plain Shadowbox print out two of the full image which will fit on one A4 sheet of JS Gentle Gloss paper.

All printers print to slightly different sizes and how to capture and print a single image is explained on the CD.

The full image when printed should measure no more than 13cms x 9.5cms.


Step Two

Using an A4 sheet of JS Elegance Satin card, measure, mark, cut and score two pieces (panels) of card as shown. Do not fold the score lines.


Step Three

Using one of the full images, create the front of the shadowbox by cutting away a section of the image “A”, to create an aperture to view the inner image.


Step Four

Place the cut-out image “A” onto one of the panels positioning it between the two red score lines approximately 0.5cms from the top edge of the card. Using a pencil, draw round the cut-out section of the images as shown at “AA”.


Step Five

Using the Lace Edger 2 JS Signature Die position on the panels as shown and cut a scallop edge down each side of both panels. It is important that the die is lined up identically before cutting each edge as the back and front panels need to match when the shadowbox is assembled.

The Lace Edger 2 is a small repeat, symmetrical die which makes it easier to match the pattern.


Step Six

Using a Distress ink pad (I used Fired Brick) and a duster brush tint the edges of the front of the card “Panel A”.

Cut away the penciled aperture, cutting approximately 1mm outside the pencil lines. Place the cut-out image “A” over the panel and check that no white areas of the panel can be seen through the aperture. Make any necessary adjustments.


Step Seven

Attach Image “A” to the front of panel “A” between the inner score lines.

Attach Image “B” to the inside of panel “B” between the inner score lines.

Attach Image “A” first and use the aperture to help line up where to position image “B”

I used Collall glue to fix the images to allow the image to be moved and positioned correctly.

Apply Red Liner Tape as shown in yellow on the inside of panel “B”

Crease the score lines mountain folding the red lines and valley folding the blue lines.

To create the shadowbox, join “A” and “B” panels together lining up the scalloped edges


Step Eight

The illustration shows the basic shadowbox without the added decoupage.

Cut a piece of ribbon attach to the front of the shadowbox and add a sentiment.

Optional - cut out the decoupage and layer up on the front of the shadowbox.

The scalloped edges of the shadowbox can be pulled sideways to flatten the box which will fit in a C5 envelope.

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