Today I am sharing a project I created for CHA in January. I thought it would be a great follow-up project to the die cut shadowbox tutorial I shared on Tuesday. I hope it will give you some more ideas of ways you can stack die cuts to create projects with extra depth and dimension.
The base of this project is a Tim Holtz 6.75″ x 8.75″ Configurations box. I removed and discarded the inside boxes, using just the base, lid, and plastic film.
After covering the top and sides of the lid with pattern paper, I sanded and inked the edges of the lid with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I applied Brushed Pewter Distress Stain (metallic Distress Stains will dry on metal!) to four copper-colored metal corners. To seal the stain on the corners, I dabbed them into clear embossing ink and coated them with clear embossing powder.
On the inside of the box I cut a piece of mat board to fit inside. I covered the mat board with pattern paper. To add extra color to the pattern paper, I applied Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks around the edges.
I used the large Sized Oval Movers & Shapers die to cut an oval into the center of the left half of the mat board. I then cut six mat board scraps to about 1″ larger than the oval. I die cut an oval into the center of each of them. I stacked and adhered them together so that the inside edges of the ovals were all lined up. I adhered the stack of ovals to the back side of the mat board insert, matching up the edges of the oval cut in it to the edges of the ovals in the stack. I stacked and adhered together 6 mat board stacks and added them to the back side of the mat board insert on the right side to balance out the insert and make it set level when placed inside the box.
I added Tissue tape around the inside of the oval opening to cover the edges of the stacked ovals. I added a photo to the back of the oval stack. I placed the assembled piece into the Configurations box. Next, I die cut four Postage Frame dies with the large Sized Rectangle insert. I stacked and adhered the four frames together. I used an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the top and sides of the stacked frames.
I cut a 8 1/4″ x 1/2″ and a 3″ x 1/2″ strip of grunge paper. I colored them with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. After drying the stain, I added two rows of machine stitching to the strip. I punched holes in the longer strip. I adhered the short strip to the right side of the mat board insert. I added a buckle to the long piece. I adhered the long piece to the left side of the mat board insert. The buckle end over lapped the short piece making it look like a belt.
I adhered the assembled frame to the mat board insert so that it framed the oval opening and photo and overlapped the belt.
I added a rub-on phrase to the edge of the postage stamp frame.
I die cut an Eiffel Tower from mat board and embossed it using the matching embossing folder. I painted the piece with Brushed Silver Distress Stain. After drying the stain, I used an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Stain to the edges and embossed areas. I added a Plaquette to the front of the Eiffel Tower using brads. I adhered the assembled piece to the top of the postage frame. I added the word Paris to the belt inside the frame using Label Letters.
I die cut a Fleur di Lis from mat board. I misted the piece with Dylusions White Linen ink spray. After drying the mist I added color to it using Antique Linen Distress Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The Dylusions spray acted like a resist to the colors added on top of it, creating a very distressed effect. After drying the inks I dabbed clear embossing ink onto the piece and coated it with clear embossing powder. After melting the powder, I added a Bauble and Ring Fastener. I adhered the assembled piece to the mat board insert to the right of the postage frame.
I love the texture that the embossing powder added to this piece! To me it feels weathered and old, just perfect to go with the vintage photo.
I hope this project gave you some ideas of how to take shadow boxes a little further. Once you start stacking those die cuts you will be hooked on the dimension, I promise!