Saturday, March 21, 2009

Shadow Box

When I was in Germany as an exchange student many, many
years ago, I purchased a set of wooden Christmas ornaments. They have moved
house with me over the years since then and have adorned many a Christmas tree.

However, last year we had a two year old in the house who was captivated by the
little wooden figures hanging from the tree branches. One of the consequences
was that a little drummer boy lost his head. Literally.

I put my poor broken ornament away in the
wardrobe in the spare room, not able to throw him in the bin. I didn’t know
what I was going to do with him. That was, until I saw Scrapware’s shadow


As seen in Creative Paper magazine, issue 73.

The perfect home!

Scrapware's shadowbox comes
ready to decorate and assemble. I've measured the size of the back
board and cut some patterned paper to size, which I've used as the
background upon which to create my snow scene.


The snowy fields are made by applying texture paste roughly
onto the page. While the texture paste’s wet, press strips of frayed muslin on
top, as well as loads of silver glitter.


The little Scrapware Christmas Trees are decorated with coordinating
patterned paper. The stars on top of the trees are embossed with platinum
embossing powder. Then texture paste has been applied randomly to the trees to
resemble snow collecting in the branches. Silver brads finish the tree


Once I had created the backdrop for the project, I adhered it to the backing
board of the shadow box, and glued the sides in place. Once dry, I slapped on a couple of coats of cream acrylic paint.


Scrapware scallop
strip creates a cute little curtain treatment at the top of the box. A
Funky Star coated in silver glitter lights up the wintery night sky.


Shredded cotton wool fills the bottom of the
box. I've nestled the drummer boy in amongst the cotton wool, gluing him really well
to secure.


A Scrapware fence houses the title for the shadow box in the
bottom corner. The Scrapware "Joy" word has been dunked in glitter and, when dry,
adhered on top of a scalloped circle. A Scrapware Decorative Photo Corner in
the RHS upper corner completes the shadow box.

boxes are wonderful for creating projects that have more dimension than
ordinary layouts. Uses include memory boxes for baby handprints and
first outfits, favourite toys or blocks, seascapes containing favourite
shells collected during a summer holiday, collections of heritage
keepsakes, holders for precious mementos, paper tole projects, or
wedding invitations and flowers. 


To make the shadow box, you’ll need the following materials:

Scrapware 10x10” Shadow Box Kit (KT24)

Scrapware Chipboard Fence Set (CH80)

Scrapware Mini Christmas Trees (CS19)

Scrapware Funky Stars (SS01)

Scrapware Scallop Border (BD05)

Scrapware Scalloped Circles (SH06)

Scrapware Decorative Photo Corners (PC02)

Scrapware Word

Patterned Paper x3

Texture Paste

Acrylic Paste


Pigment Ink

Embossing Powder


Cotton Wool


Wooden Christmas Ornament.


  1. Beautiful project Kathie - thanks for sharing

  2. What a gorgeous project, Kathie. Good safe! :)