Monday, May 11

Tutorial: Shadow Box Card

With layers of scenery to create depth and dimension, this fold might just be the ultimate in 3D card making. The clever design will even allow the card to collapse to fit into an envelope for posting!

1. To create the base of the card you'll need two 6" squares of card stock, plus one 41/2" x 3/4" and one 41/2" x 1/2" strips of card stock.

2. Place one of the 6" squares of card stock on your score board and score 1" from either side. Repeat with the second 6" square of card stock and fold along the score lines.

3. Cut a window from the middle of one of the 6" squares of card stock. Although the size is up to you, my window measures 3/4" from the top and bottom and 1/2" from either side. If preferred, you could use a cutting die for this step.

4. Add a 6" x 4" piece of patterned or decorated paper between the score lines of the second 6" square of card stock. This will form the background of your scene. (A few of you might remember the aurora background I created a couple of days ago using distress inks and a blending tool... I'm attaching it to the background of my card for a pretty night scene.)

5. Place one of the 41/2" strips horizontally on your score board and score 1/4" from either end. Repeat with the second strip. Fold along the score lines.

6. These two strips will become the structures for holding some of the elements of the card to give the 3D effect. I want mine to look a little like small hills so I'm shaping them gently with a pair of small scissors. Since the strips will be positioned behind the card stock window, there's really no need to cut them any smaller unless you wish to make them part of the design.

7. Add some glue or double sided tape to the tab on the left hand side of the wider strip of card stock.

8. Attach the strip of card stock to the left of the score line, keeping the bottom edge flush with the bottom edge of the card. Before the glue has a chance to dry completely, fold the strip back over the card to make sure everything is lined up.

9. Apply glue to the narrower strip of card stock in the same manner. Position it just to the left of the first strip, again making sure that the edges are flush.

10. Add glue or double sided tape to the tabs on the right hand side of both card stock strips, then fold the card base to the left to secure them in place.

11. You should now have two strips of card stock on which to add your decorative elements. I've fussy cut one of the images from the new A Drover's Life digital set as well as some hand cut cactus plants and a rough stone outcrop. For lots of depth, remember to add smaller elements to the background as though they are off in the distance.

12. Add the smallest elements directly onto the background with glue or tape, then build up the scene by adding larger elements to each of the card stock strips. I used some glue at the base of my cactus plants and on the hoofs of the horse.

13. To frame the scene, I added some large cactus plants on either side of my window. 

14. To complete the card, add glue on the inside of the two outer panels of the card front. Adhere the card front to the outside of the two outer panels of the card base, overlapping the 1" sections.

I hope you'll give this fabulous card fold a go, it's really not too difficult to achieve. Have fun!


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  1. What a fabulous fold Beccy - thank you for sharing such wonderful details
    Stay safe

  2. Wow Beccy that is just amazing. Thank you for sharing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Thanks for the tutorial and the shadow box card is fantastic...well done

  4. Beautiful is your creation and tutorial x

  5. That looks great. Thank you.