Thursday, 6 October 2016

Sitting Here - Shadow Box

Hello and Happy Friday! I hope you all had a good week. Today's project that I'm sharing has been inspired by Global Design Project #56 - Case the Designer: Bibi Cameron. Love Bibi's work and was so excited to take part in this challenge. Hopefully you can join in the fun too. 

Here is Bibi's card to CASE: Sitting Here stamp set - love the nostalgic quality of this set. 

I love the simplicity of Bibi's layout and the clever use of the banner with the pattern from the pillow is just adorable. Love how Bibi's has used pink as to tie in the whole layout. Elegance in simplicity.

I have recreated this same scene that Bibi has created and have made a Shadow box. This is my second one I've made and just adore it. It's the perfect way to frame the whole scene with the cat sitting on the porch swing. The great thing about making it into a 3D and having it suspended, is that it actually does swing back and forth.

Jan Brown has the most wonderful and helpful video tutorial on how to make this amazing shadow box. Click here to view her video tutorial.

Rather than using the normal 12x12" card stock, I have used 12x12" DSP as I didn't have any card stock in that size on hand. it's also a great way to use up those DSP we love to hoard hehe.

The  Stampin Up! DSPs are high quality and pretty sturdy. The whole frame can stand up pretty well. The Speciality DSP with the special finish such as gold/copper foil would also be ideal as it's made of thicker/heavier paper.

I have used the Affectionately Yours DSP as it just sounds so appropriate and suited the theme. It was also another way to feature this beautiful DSP and have it as a decor.

Here is my CASED inspired project - a Shadow Box depicting the sentiment, 'Just sitting here thinking of you'... 

The layout is similar to Bibi's card, with a few additional decorations of the pot plants placed behind give the complete porch garden setting. 

Back Stazon ink  has been used to stamp the images and have been coloured in using Derwent colour pencils of similar colours that Bibi has done. I found using coloured pencils was the easiest way to colour the images as they're very small and can get right into the tight spaces. It also helps to build up the images with shading and adding more depth.

All the images have been fussy cut to help create a 3D effect and build up the scene.

To make the sentiment pop, I have white heat embossed it on basic black card stock. It adds such a great contrast and highlights the sentiment well without getting lost in the details.

I have kept the same simple whisper white blank canvas as it helps blend in all the cut out edges.  The white space just allows that space to reminisce on a fond memory. Also a place for the eyes to rest hehe.

I have also entered this card in the Crazy Crafters Team Project Highlights.

Check out all the creative projects and vote for your favourites.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and have been inspired. The Shadow Box is such a creative and interactive way to present the stamp images or capture a memory and makes for a wonderful and unique picture frame/decor. Why not try making one with DSP that you already have? It's a great way to use it and looks eye catching. 

Now is the perfect time to stock up on DSP with the new promotion Buy 3 Get 1 Free! 
Valid till the end of the month So check it out and grab yourself a bargain

Thank you so much for stopping by and love to hear your thoughts. 

Til' next time - Happy Crafting! :)


  1. I knew you would do Bibi justice and you haven't disappointed! It is so cool to see you do something 3D too. Beautiful project as always. Thanks for playing at Global Design Project as we CASE Bibi this week.

    1. Thank you so much Paula for your lovely compliments. Love this set and making a 3D gives it a new dimension. It's always a pleasure to play along. :)

  2. Love the shadow box Juan. Adore the colours you have used also, really gives it a lift.The fussy cutting to 3D the images helps bring it to life xx

    1. Thank you so much Kim, greatly appreciate your lovely compliments. The coloured pencils was a great way to colour the images in. The scene was perfect to recreate in the shadow box. :) xx

  3. Love your shadow box! Your layering & watercolouring is fantastic (as usual!) xx

  4. Juana All I will say is.

    M A G N I F I C O oh and WoW to the comment from Paula Dobson


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