How to create easy inside shadow box cards using dies…


I hope you are having a great day – we finally have nice weather here in NY!  This has been such a strange spring for us.  Hopefully we are on our way to summer weather soon!  This card should help us all get into the summertime mood!!

Jennifer McGuire recently posted a wonderful video on how to create “inside shadow box cards” and it got me thinking……… I already own a fabulous die set from Sizzix, created by Stephanie Barnard for the Stamps of Life that creates a shadow box card.  In Jennifer’s video, she shows how to create the main card as a box that would fit into an A2 envelope (4.25 x 5.5 inches) with a cut out window AND the cool part is that she created a front card cover so that you don’t initially see the window and box until you open the card.  It has a great wow factor, and of course, since the whole card folds flat it can easily be mailed.

Now that I understood this technique, I wanted to see if I could replicate this card style using the shadow box die set I already owned.  I created the box as I normally would by cutting two of the main panels (green) and then I used a circle die to cut out the window. I glued the box together as normal.  In order to create the front card cover, I needed to cut a third piece from the main die (in white).  I cut them in different colors for demonstration purposes only so that you could easily see how this was put together.  I did find that it works best to cut off the tiny flap that is created when you run the main die (the flap is only about 1/4 inch wide) and this step is for the cover panel only. Tape/glue the card front side panel (short side) to the left side of the box.  The larger panel becomes the front cover (you do not want to glue this piece).  Once the card front is attached, you can start decorating!!

This was definitely a clean and quick way to create an inside shadow box card without all of the measuring.  I used the mermaid2stamp stamps and the coordinating mermaid dies from the Stamps of Life to create the adorable mermaids and I used some of the border dies to create the clouds and waves.  I added some shimmer with my clear spectrum noir glimmer pen and I used copic markers to color all of the mermaids.

I hope you enjoyed this tip and I can’t wait to see what you create!  Happy Crafting!