Victorian Carolers Shadow Box

Hello! It's Shelly with you today. I don't know about you, but I find it almost impossible to get rid of anything that seems useful (you should see the jar collection under my sink!). If you've seen or purchased any of Brenda Walton's wonderful dies and embossing folders, you know that her packaging is so beautiful that it would be a shame to throw it away. When the design team started receiving her dies and folders, our team leader, Tammy Tutterow, suggested we think of ways of repurposing the boxes and envelopes they came in. Of course, that suggestion lodged in my brain...waiting for the perfect time to spring forth!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

Last month, I got Brenda's 'Elegant Set'  Textured Impressions embossing folders and, of course, saved the packaging. I spotted the box while I was tidying up my studio a few weeks ago and had big plans to make a cute little Halloween shadow box. Time ran out before I had a chance to work on it and I set it aside. I'm so glad I did! When I got the new Victorian Carolers die by Tim Holtz, I knew the silhouettes would be perfect inside the box, with snow at their feet. It's a look that's reminiscent of the bubble glass silhouette pictures from the 30s and 40s, which I adore. Follow along to see how I made mine!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

Begin by peeling off the inner paper at the top of the box and removing the ribbon hanger. Discard (if you're wasteful), or save for a future project (if you're a hoarder). Remove the stickers from the box and the lid. These are very sticky stickers, so you'll need something to remove the residue from the lid. I used rubbing alcohol which worked like a charm.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

Next, cover the box with patterned paper, making sure to wrap around the lip and down the inside edge. Just before I adhered the sides, I added an idea-ology Ring Fastener to the top outside edge. This will act as a hanger for the piece.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

Cut a piece of white cardstock to fit the bottom of the box. Using Tim Holtz's Seasonal Reflections music stamp, stamp directly onto the inside of the top of the folder with brown ink. Quickly insert the paper, close the folder carefully, and emboss. When you emboss the stamped folder, it will transfer the image to the paper.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

Remove the embossed paper (how cool is that transferred image?!) and apply snowflake rub-ons to the paper in a random fashion. Apply brown ink to the embossed paper using an inking tool.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

Die cut the carolers from medium weight chipboard using Tim Holtz's Victorian Carolers die. Paint with black acrylic paint and let dry thoroughly.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

To give the carolers some dimension, cut 1/4" slices of foam using a craft knife (I used the foam blocks that come in the Alterations Texture Fades packaging). Color the edges with a black marker and glue to back of die cuts.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

To assemble the box, adhere the embossed cardstock to the bottom of the box. Glue the carolers into place, along with a bottle brush wreath. Insert the bottom of the lid, leaving the top raised up just enough to add the fake snow. Carefully add the snow and push the lid all the way down. Note: these lids fit very tightly. If the paper makes the fit so tight that the plastic buckles, you can cut a couple little notches in the edges of the lid, allowing it to fit without bending.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

To complete the  shadow box, trim the edges with Idea-ology metal trim stickers. Carefully apply the white  rub-on to the lower part of the lid. Finally, tie a length of ribbon through the ring fasteners, to create a hanger.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Victorian Carolers Shadowbox by Shelly Hickox

How easy was that? I'm sure you're already imagining all the different little scenes you could create - I know I am! I have another box I've been saving that would look gorgeous decorated with an icy winter scene with deer and trees. I hope you've been inspired to look at your packaging in a whole new way!

Until next time,

Shelly HIckox

http://shellyhickox.blogspot.com/

 

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Paper: My Mind's Eye - Holly Jolly; White Cardstock; Chipboard |Stamps: Stampers Anonymous - Seasonal Reflections |Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Border Stickers, Woodlands Wreath, Crinkle Ribbon, Ring Fasteners, Christmastime Remnant Rubs | Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot | Ink: Tim Holtz  Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy; Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil |Adhesive: Beacon - 3-in-1; Scotch - Tape Runner | Misc:  Decorative Snow; Foam Pieces

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19 thoughts on “Victorian Carolers Shadow Box”

  • Raquel Mason

    Wow! Shelly that's a fab tutorial using the packaging, it's even prettier than how it started. You are so clever in even using the white foam & using a Sharpie to color it black. Great project.

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  • boogmartinb

    Love this piece, Shelly.

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  • Laurel Lee Pollard, New England Paper Crafts

    Terrific work, Shelly - what a great gift for those "who have everything!"

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  • Sue Kment

    Now isn't this cool...I didn't realize it was a shadow box until reading the directions-Way to go green and recycly Shelly! Love it! Those carolers are wonderful!!!

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  • beejaymc

    Wow! This is such a wonderfule "tut"! I love all the techniques like inking the embossing folder, coloring the foam adhesive (genius!), adding the hanger before you are finished (I would not have remembered!)and recycling the box! Love it all, especially the metal tape around the edge- great finishing touch!

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  • Jacquelene L

    I love this project Shelly!!! I too am a hoarder of packaging, I also save the cardboard that embellishments come on to make tags. I just recently bought the carolers, now all I need is the embossing folder. Thank you very much for sharing this altered packaging tutorial, I will be making something similar with the tutorial. I must really get Christmas creating!
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  • Vanessa L

    That's beautiful and such a clever idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  • clickityklak

    Absolutely gorgeous....and....yes, I would love to attempt this. Thank you so much for the instructions.

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  • Anna-Karin

    This is fabulous Shelly!! Love the carollers, snow and everything. The rub-on on the plastic looks great! I am saving Brenda's packaging too, and funnily enough I was turning one of them into gift packaging right before I saw you post.

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  • Sharon Young

    Love it! What a clever way to up cycle the packaging. I have quite the collection of cardboard and packaging that I'm going to pull out and see what I can come up with. Thank for the inspiration.

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  • Linda K

    Yup, gave me lots of inspiration. I save jars, boxes, etc. also 'cause you never know. I love dioramas. Thanks.

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  • Lotte Lustig

    just received a new die today , and i also save packaging , and as i already bought de carolers last week [ love them ] i now what to do with them, thank you for this great idea.

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  • Linda

    What a fantastic idea. So clever!

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  • Debbie Kaste

    What an adorable box, Shelly! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Sizzix is soooooo lucky to have you on their team. Can't wait to see your next project:)

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  • sara jansen

    Yep, not only is very cool, it is inspiring. I find myself drawn to dollar bins and starting to horde, er save, all sorts of things. A great project Shelly. I'm still looking for that Krylon paint tho that you've used on a couple recent projects.....

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  • Annette Green

    Great project, fabulous inspiration! I love repurposing items into my art, too.

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  • Bev LoPinto

    Fabulous project Shelly as all of yours are!

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  • Connie

    ha! I knew I was saving those foam spacers for something! and the clear packaging too :) YAY for hoarders, lol

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