Monday 9 November 2015

Shadow Box Card - Christmas Village.

The entire card was made from scratch.  It looks complicated but with some forward planning, careful measuring and a good scoring board, it's not as hard as it looks.

Take the A3 heavy weight white card and cut 1cm from the short side leaving a piece 41cm long.  Next, score in 20cm from each end - this will create a 1cm spine for the card.  The card then needs trimming so that the front and back are 20cm square.  On the front of the card, measure in 2.5cm from each edge and draw a light pencil line, creating a square.  Measure in 3.5cm from each outer edge and draw another square lightly in pencil; this will create a 1cm frame (shown with the broken lines).  Use a score board to score each of the broken lines.  Once the scoring is complete, use a ruler and craft knife to cut diagonally from corner to corner on the outer frame (see unbroken light blue lines).  The first fold on each side is a mountain fold, then a valley fold to create a sunken central panel, made of four triangular sections.  The panel will need reinforcing both front and back.  I cut 2 panels 15cm x 15cm from my 12" x 12" Midnight Blue Northern Lights card by Polar Bear Express.  The first one I glued in place face up inside the sunken panel showing the night scene, the second I glued with the blank dark blue side showing on the inside of the card, both to stabilize the panel and to hide the cut lines.  Once the base card was complete the decorating of the scene could begin.  This shape card can be used to create any type of scene or to display a piece of mixed media work.

I cut 2 pieces of white card 15cm x 15cm and embossed one of them using the Pine Tree Scene embossing folder by Crafts Too; lining the top of the folder up with the edge of the card.  Once embossed, I rubbed over the trees with a green gilding wax; taking care not to go below the snow line; then trimmed round the top of the trees, curving the edge either side of the emboss.  This panel then fitted into the sunken panel over the star background.  The second piece of 15cm x 15cm card was shaped into two 'hill' sections which were left square at the bottom and added to the scene to build up interest.  
Once the background panels were in place, I added die cut houses, a large and small tree, two deer and the star from the Mini Christmas Village and the Christmas Village Decoration set by Marianne.  Some white Fluffy Stuff by Woodware on the trees, ground and roofs - puffed up using a heat gun; together with some Crystal Fine Martha Stewart glitter, finished the scene.  I used acetate to cover the aperture - a piece 19cm x 19cm was glued over the front of the card.  To cover up the edge of the acetate and to neaten the outer frame of the card, I cut three strips of the Northern Lights card 2.5cm x 20cm and three strips of white card with the same dimensions.  I stamped the 'Christmas Village' stamp using Majestic Blue Versafine ink onto the centre of one of the white panels.  I needed to mitre the corners of the frame, so before gluing any pieces into place, I laid them onto the card front and marked where they needed to be trimmed. The first piece of the frame to be glued was the top 'star' panel.  Followed by the two side 'star' panels.  In order to extend the scene from the central panel to the outer frame, I trimmed the two white side panels so that they followed the line of the hills in the central scene.
Before I mitred and glued the Christmas Village section at the bottom, I decided to add a street light to the frame; also to extend the scene.

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