Ornament Keepsakes Shadow Box Card

I've been resisting a Shadow Box type of card for years.  I'm not sure why.  It just looked like too much work.  But, like most stamping projects, it's not difficult at all once you have someone show you how!

Shadow box card - two cool

CASEd from Connie Ann Stewart at Simply Simple Stamping.

With a few score lines, some folding, and a few runs through the Big Shot, today's two cool cards were fast and easy to make!  In fact, last night I ended up making a whole batch of 24 to take with me as swaps when I attend Ronda Wade's Creative Convention this weekend.  I was done in no time at all…well, really about 3 hours…but, it was quick for 24 cards! 

Shadow box card - artichoke standing

The first version was done with an Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler color combination.  After scoring, I die-cut a window in the front with the Labels Collections Framelits, then folded everything and texture embossed it with the Fancy Fan Impressions Folder.

I added a Cherry Cobbler die-cut in the same size to the inside of the card.  The Ornament Keepsakes ornament was stamped in Cherry Cobbler, then die-cut with the matching Holiday Ornaments Framelits.  My favorite part was the cute little Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding bow! 

Shadow box card - garden down

The second version is done in Garden Green and Real Red colors.  I love experimenting with similar color combinations to see how it changes the look!  The Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment is punched out with the Modern Label Punch, then attached to the front of the card by one Dimensional in the center, so the sides can freely overlap the window and folded edge.

I used the coordinating Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon for the bow on this one.  And, I HAD to add a Rhinestone Jewel to the center…you knew I would!

Shadow box card - artichoke standing side 
Shadow box card - artichoke down

I love that the Shadow Box Card is dimensional enough to stand on it's own.  It's like a little piece of holiday décor for the recipient!

Shadow box card - garden flat

And, it squashes down flat to fit into a standard A2 Medium Whisper White Envelope, making it super-easy to send!

Shadow box card - third

Here's a third card I tried with the Lacy Brocade Impressions Folder and Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon bow.  I liked the texture with the design on the ornament, but the amount of texture made the card more unstable than I wanted.  In other words, window was kind of droopy and it didn't stand up as well. TIP: Less texture definitely provides better results here!  Or, you might try adding some designer paper to the front before die-cutting for even more stability.

Complete Supplies List:

Make Your Own Shadow Box Card

Start with a piece of 4-1/4" x 11" piece of card stock.

Shadow box card - template 

Click photo to enlarge template.

Using your Simply Scored Tool, or the scoring blade of a paper trimmer, add the following score lines on the 11" side: 1/2", 1", 4-1/2", 5", 5-1/2", 6", 6-1/2", 10", and 10-1/2". 

Connie's TIP (so you don't have to remember all those numbers): Start at the center 5-1/2" point, then add two score lines at 1/2" intervals on either side of center.  Then, add two score lines at either end at 1/2" intervals.  See her video: Shadow Box Card.

Basic Shadow Box Assemby

  • After scoring, cut your window using any shape of Framelit you desire.
  • Use your Bone Folder to crease all the folds.  I started by folding in half first, then doing "mountain" folds on either side of the window, the "valley" folds on the edges.  Repeat the same folds on the back side, so the center panels are standing out further (refer to the project photos above).
  • After creasing, texture emboss the front of the card only.  
  • Re-fold the textured areas that got flattened running it through the Big Shot.
  • Add Sticky Strip to the two 1/2" sections that become the ends.
  • Add a contrasting color die-cut on the inside of the card in the same shape as your window. 
  • Adhere a stamped and die-cut shape with Dimensionals to the window.
  • Finish decorating as desired.

********NEW! Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Camp!************

Ornament - angie red greenMark your calendar for Saturday, October 20th! 
I've received an overwhelming number of requests to do the Holiday
as a class project, so I've decided to make it part of an
Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Camp! 

I absolutely love the projects I'm seeing made with this awesome set
and it's coordinating Holiday Ornaments Framelits.  This event will give
us an opportunity to explore the versatility of this amazing product

Stay tuned—more details coming soon! 



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