Create an adorable Christmas shadow box card with Lawn Fawn's Shadow box die and stamps and dies from other Lawn Fawn sets. I was inspired to make this card by one of my favorite children's stories, The Gingerbread Man.
- 1 sheet heavy white card stock
- 1/4 sheet light brown card stock
- Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust Sparkle card stock (about 1/4 sheet or scraps)
- Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste
- Nuvo Fusion Red Embellishment Mousse
- Nuvo Honeydew Embellishment Mousse
- low tack tape or washi tape (for holding the stencil)
- Versamark Ink (clear)
- Lawn Fawn Textured White Embossing Powder (or you could use regular white embossing powder)
- Stamp Pads - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint
- Alcohol Markers - I used Copic G43, B02, and RV23
- adhesive - I used 1/8" score tape and adhesive squares that I made with cardboard/chipboard and double sided tape. You could also use foam adhesive.
- Craft Mat (or something to protect your table form ink and paint)
- Die Cut Machine
- Cutting plates and platform for cutting machine
- Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Die
- Lawn Fawn Mom and Me stamps and dies (for fox and stump)
- Lawn Fawn Baked With Love stamps and dies (for icing bag)
- Lawn Fawn Sprinkled with Love stamps and dies (for can of frosting and gingerbread man)
- Lawn Fawn Thanks a Latte dies (for candy cane)
- Merry Christmas stamp (I used one from Lawn Fawn's Nutty or Nice)
- Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner Die
- Nuvo Media Spatula
- Tim Holtz Shifter Peppermint stencil
- Heat Tool for embossing
- EK Success Powder Tool (or other brand to keep embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it)
- Coffee filter (or something else to catch the embossing powder)
- Heat proof mat or work surface
- Clear stamp block
- Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy (or something to clean your stamps)
- Baby Wipes (or sink and water to clean stencils and brushes)
- I started with making my own patterned paper. I took 8.5" x 11" white card stock and used the peppermint stencil to apply the red fusion mousse (which is more purple/pink) with my Nuvo spatula. It is sort of like hard butter and softens as you apply it. Use low tack tape to keep the stencil from moving. Make sure you don't put your fingers in the mousse container because it can become contaminated and mold. Also, it can dry up so make sure you put the lid on tightly right after you finish with it. Others have recommended putting press and seal or plastic wrap over the jar before putting on the lid. Clean the stencil and spatula before applying the honeydew color. Wait for the pink to dry before you do the green color. I did most of the paper so I could use it for another project, but 1/2 to 2/3 of the sheet will be enough. (You can use your shadow box die to see how much you need. You need to cut two pieces of the shadow box die.) After the embellishment mousse is dried you can apply the Moonstone glimmer paste to add a glittery finish. (See notes below.)
- If you use glimmer paste, it will take it several hours to dry. You can cut out, stamp and color all your other images (other than the actual box) while you wait for it to dry. I cut out the log, fox, gingerbread man, and two tree trunks from brown paper.
- Brush the fox, stump, and log with your powder tool to prevent the embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it. Then stamp the images on the shapes with Versa Mark ink. Sprinkle the embossing powder over the images and knock off any extra by tapping the images on the back. I do this over a coffee filter so I can pour the rest back into the container. If you haven't done embossing before, it's similar to putting glitter over a glued area. Then you use your heat tool to blow over the embossing powder until it melts. (You'll see it change. It doesn't take much time.) I found out you must use tweezers with these small images so you don't knock off the powder or burn your fingers.
- Cut out the tree tops for gum drops (I used 2 large, 2 medium, and 2 small) and 3 candy canes out of the sparkle card stock and color them with alcohol markers.
- Cut out the banner and stamp the message with Picked Raspberry Distress ink. I used my stamp platform to make sure I got the image on really good since I was stamping on glitter paper. Then stamp and cut out the frosting can and frosting bag. I stamped these with my platform also.
- Cut out the two hillside dies (in the shadow box die set) from the sparkle card stock.
- When your handmade patterned paper is dry, you can cut out two shadow box pieces from it. On one piece you need to add a window die. I used the large rectangle that is in the set. It goes on the side that doesn't have the tabs.
- Score the hillside pieces and shadow box pieces on the score lines. Then attach a short and long side of the shadow box together using score tape.
- Then attach the hillside pieces along the bottom of the side by the window. I put the shorter one in front. Then put the large piece in back. Attach them with score tape.
- Next, lay the hillside shapes flat across the back of the card and put score tap on the tabs. Then fold over the short side of the shadow box to attach it to the hills.
- Then put score tape on the side tab and attach it to the tab by the window.
- Open the box and use dimensional adhesive and score tape to attach the images that you cut out.
- You can fold the card down and slide it into an A2 size envelope, or maybe you want to show off your work to someone in your household. (Maybe don't show it off to a child or pet if they might eat it like the fox ate the gingerbread man.)
This took me awhile to make since this was my first shadow box card. It was also my first time stamping and coloring glitter paper, so if you are experienced, it will probably take you less time. Also, it took a long time for the card stock to dry after applying the glimmer paste. Also, the pink bled a little bit into the glimmer paste as I spread it over the embellishment mousse. I don't know if it would have helped to let it dry longer before doing the glimmer paste. If you don't use that or alternately stamp candy images on the cardstock, then you wouldn't have to wait for it to dry. You can also subtitute whatever stamps and dies you have to create a similar scene. I would have prefered a little bit larger gingerbread man, but this is the one I had.