The Shadow Box Challenge….

Happy first day of April! And we’ve got a fun month in store! We’ve challenged the Design Team this month to think within the box-the shadow box that is. Using the new Dimestore Vogue or Party Games paper kits, each member will create a unique shadow box, and show how these papers can not only be used for cards, scrapbooks and gifts, but also for home decor! So, be sure to visit the blog all month long and see what this talented team has created!

I’m going to get the ball rolling with the shadow box I created using the super colorful Party Games paper kit….

To begin, I first painted the white shadow box frame itself layers of dark blue, and areas of black. When completely dry, I used a dry brush and added highlights of soft yellow.  I added a bit of crackling sporadically around the frame as well for even more depth. You can see a bit of it in the left top corner pictured above.

The inside area of the shadow box is 5×7. I  cut down a piece of the Party Games patterned paper to that size, and layered to cardstock for added support. I also created a crepe ruffle around the entire shape-I really like how the crepe covers the sides of the box when the paper is inserted in the frame.

The block is vintage, and makes a great stand for the top tag. “Fun” certainly explains this box! One of the to/from tickets is perfect tucked behind the heart so that only “PLAY” is visible-so many ways to use those little tickets!

Before I adhered the patterned paper to the supportive cardstock, I cut a star into the paper using an exacto knife,  folded the points back, and used black brads to hold them down. This makes a great frame for the little boy tag, which I adhered behind.

The word “CELEBRATE” comes from another patterned paper sheet. I simply cut it out, adhered to cardstock, and painted with Mod Podge. It sets the theme at the top of the shadow box. The pennant comes from the diamond tags in the paper kit,  folded in half, stapled, and strung on Lemondrop bakers twine.

An assortment of vintage toys and some reproductions, completes the shadow box and nicely complements the paper.

This shadow box frame would look great hanging in a young boys room, or playroom. Or, would even be fun decor for a birthday party! Lots of fun possibilities!

Can’t wait to see what the rest of the team creates! I know it’ll be amazing!!!

Michelle

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2 Responses to The Shadow Box Challenge….

  1. Amy Baldwin says:

    What fun decor for a little boy! I adore all the details, and your vintage toys are fabulous! Love the block, the clown, the jack and that oh-so-adorable truck! So fun, thanks for sharing!

  2. Noreen says:

    I like the colorful box with all the flaps, and the block with the top cut-out.

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