Saturday, April 22, 2017

Shadowbox Collage

I've had so many ideas in my head for what I could do with the Picture Perfect kit from Bird's SVGs.

The kit includes several different sizes and shapes of shadowbox frames as well as a seashore version which can be lit from behind to make a beautiful home decor piece.  Here are a few photos from the kit - beautiful, right?

What I love about this kit is the versatility.  If you spend anytime on Pinterest or other crafty websites, you're sure to see tons of ideas for amazing shadowbox projects.  Shadowboxes are used to highlight everything from rolled flower projects to mixed media collage art as well as gallery walls and special family memories.

The ability to customize the frame to the size you need and to be able to make it exactly when you need it makes this kit a super star in my book.

Last year I made this milk can project, and mentioned at the time that I might make a photo album to
go inside of it.
I never did get around to the photo album, but decided to a do a little collage to highlight one of the photos instead.  Using the Square Shadowbox Flower Frame, I cut out pieces in black and metallic cardstock.

For the frame layer, I distressed the metallic cardstock like I did in the milk can project by sanding and scratching it, and then inking the worn spots with Distress ink in Walnut Stain.  For the inside backing piece, I embossed it with a mesh embossing folder, sanded it down a little bit and added some Walnut Stain on there too.

After that I had some fun picking out embellishments to add to the front of the frame. I'm really a beginner in the world of mixed media and collage art and this part is always a challenge. I'm never sure if I should add more or quit while I'm ahead.  Because of this, I did not add the acetate layer to close up the box. I might just need to add some other items inside that I haven't thought of yet!

The sides didn't really need it, but I had this cool wide tissue tape from Tim Holtz that went with the color scheme and overall feel of the project, so I went around the edges with it. I really love how it came out.

The shadowbox itself is so easy to put together, you could make an entire gallery wall for yourself in an afternoon. I see so many possibilities and uses for these frames in addition to creating them with the flowers and embellishments included in the bundle. I have a feeling I'm going to be cranking these out on my Cricut for years to come!

I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below. Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Your fame is so amazing! Your a pro in my book! I love how you distressed the metallic paper and added all the extra details, including authentic on the bottom to the 5 cents inside the frame. Using the mesh embossing folder gave it that perfect touch. I love the cool tape from Tim Holtz up the sides to finish it off. My daughter would LOVE this frame!!! I guess I'm going to have to delve in and try and make one for her. Mind you, I've never distressed anything yet, so I may call on you for advise one day.

  2. I love it Lee and it is the perfect addition to your equally as awesome Milk Churn! It could fool anyone into thinking that this is an actual metal frame, I'm sure of it. This is not a technique I've tried as I'm not one for distressing too often but I am keen to try this, I reckon it would be great on a project for one of my brothers.
    The charms and the row of stars which look like they've been punched into a sheet of metal are fantastic too and I agree with you on the washi tape, it looks great!

    Thanks so much Lee!

    - Bird

  3. wow, how cool is this?!!! I love it! awesome job on an awesome project!!!! hugs, patty