This mixed media project is my final contribution to issue 15 of Crafter’s Inspiration magazine. It’s another idea using the free dies and embossing folder.
MDF Shadowbox Instructions
Difficulty level– beginner to moderately experienced
Time for project – approximately 2 1/2 hours
Water colour card
Collall glue gel
Glue gun (optional)
CI15 die set
Diesire bunting die
Leonie Pujol Letter sets
CI15 Ornate Lace folder
Darice- Floral Paisley
Leonie Pujol-‘Sunflowers forever’; ‘Bohemian doodles;Branching out
AquaTint inks- Numbers: 58;53;16;34;26;27
Pebeo Deco Creme- Numbers:16
Pebeo Dyna Number: 356
Distress ink-Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry Twisted Citron; Lucky Clover and Mermaid Lagoon;Forest Moss
Pebeo Deco Creme gold glitter medium
Pebeo Gilding wax- King Gold
Small oval ornate resin frame
Faux brass corners
Metal key and miniature chair- (Copper Patina effect)
Brass heart and bird’s nest
Crystal teardrop embellishment
Mdf birdcage and small bird.
Dark Pink Florist mesh
Paint the entire shadowbox using no. 16 Deco Creme paint. When dry, paint the inside edges of each compartment in the pink Dyna paint- 356.
Paint the oval frame, birdcage and small bird with no.16 and when dry gild with gilding wax.
Colour 2 sheets of watercolour card with AquaTint inks using broad bands of colour( dark, light, dark). Take one of these sheets and emboss using the Floral Paisley folder. Then seal with Pebeo gold glitter medium and leave to dry.
Measure the inside compartments and cut 6 rectangles from the plain inked card to line the backs. On two of the pieces stamp some twigs and flowers in dark green ink. Then stick the rectangles in place.
Die cut multiple flowers, leaves and 2 birds with wings from the embossed glittered card. Remember that one bird will face a different direction.
On a separate sheet of watercolour card emboss the lace folder and fussy cut 3 heart shapes and 2 swirls. Colour with pink and teal distress inks.
Die cut the bunting and letters to spell ‘Home’ and colour with distress inks.
Assemble all the elements in the compartments trying to balance the colours and textures and stick with Collall gel or heat gun. Highlight with gems.
- It is best to use the Collall gel for metal embellishments. Glue guns are instant but not always permanent.
- Use your favourite trinkets and miniature embellishments to make your box unique but avoid the temptation to add too much.
- Painting a lighter colour in the inside edges helps to reflect the light.
- To balance the colours work in ‘triangles’ and have odd numbers of similar materials.
- Use a range of textures placed at different heights.
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