Welcome to Day 2 of the Spellbinders Paper Arts™ AGL Summer Showcase and Giveaway!
This project showcases a selection of the fabulous bezels, pendants and texture plates that are a part of the Spellbinders-A Gilded Life line. Dies are available to match each of the bezels, which makes adding embellishments to your bezels a breeze!
I created this shadow box to hang above my desk in my studio – where it can provide positive affirmations to excite the creative spirit. I really love the variety of textures created with the embossed foil, lace, ephemera and metal components.
Spellbinders/AGL Supplies used for this project:
Other Supplies you will need:
Cigar Box (lid removed)
Lids from 3 Paper Board Boxes, size 3 ¼ inches x 4 ½ inches
Off White Acrylic Paint, Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint, Plus Another Color of Your Choice (I used a robin’s egg blue)
Heavy Duty Hole Punch such as a Crop-O-Dile
20 Gauge Wire
Selection of Beads, Vintage Buttons and Rhinestones or Other Sparkly Bits
Dyed Seam Binding or Silk Ribbon
Glue Stick, Clear-Drying Craft Clue, Decoupage Glue and Jewelry Glue (ex. 527)
Scissors, Ruler, Pencil, Small Paint Brush
Glitter (I like to use German Glass Glitter!)
Scraps of linen and lace bits
Thin Metal File, Fine Grade Sandpaper
Step 1: Creating the Shadow Box Base.
Remove the lid from an old cigar box with knife or straight edge cutter. Because I did not want the red trim color of my cigar box to show, I painted over it with an off-white acrylic paint. I also painted the edges of the cigar box.
Once the paint has dried, begin decoupaging the inside and outside of the cigar box using paper from AGL Ephemera Pack, other vintage ephemera you have on hand, or decorative scrapbooking paper. To decoupage, apply decoupage glue to inside back and sides of the box, attach ephemera, and then coat ephemera with an additional layer of decoupage glue. Repeat for the outside top, bottom and sides. You do not need to decoupage the outside back of the box. Let the cigar box dry.
In the meantime, you can paint the box lids and the square wooden cubes, using the color of your choice. I chose to use a lovely robin’s egg blue that goes with other pieces in my studio. Paint the entire inside of the lid, including the lid edges, and let dry. Then paint the entire outside of the lids. Also paint at least 5 sides of each wooden cube.
Using a hand drill, put 1 hole in each side of the cigar box, approximately 1 inch from the top edge. Put 2 additional holes in the bottom side of the box. Find the center of the bottom side and mark on the outside bottom if necessary, and then place a hole ½ inch on each side of the center mark. One the painted lids have dried, make corresponding holes in the top and bottom long sides of one lid using a strong hole punch, matching to the holes you made in the bottom of the cigar box.
Cut a piece of 20 gauge wire 22 inches in length. Thread several beads, crystals, button, charms or relics onto the wire,
and then thread the ends of the wire through the holes in the sides of the cigar box. It helps to put a little crimp or curl in the wire after every few beads, and at the holes, to keep the wire in place. Simply curl the wire around once to form a little circle, and then continue adding beads to get the look you like. Put each end of the wire through the holes on the sides of the box. Then bring the wire ends together at the back of the box, pulling the wire fairly taunt so that it does not droop in the cigar box. Twist the ends together to secure. This will create a hanging wire for the shadow box.
Step 2: Constructing the Mini Shadow Boxes:
Emboss three pieces of off-white foil from the AGL foil pack using the AGL Vintage Damask Textured Plate and the Spellbinders Artisan Xplorer Machine. Paint a light coat of metallic gold acrylic paint over the embossed foil, and then wipe the paint off, leaving just enough on to highlight the embossing.
Once the paint has dried, cut foil to fit the inside of all 3 small lids, and then glue foil into each lid using clear drying craft glue.
On scraps of linen fabric, stamp the following words (create, imagine, inspire). Trim the scraps to fit inside the small lids, and then glue one word into each lid so that the lower edge of the scrap lines up with the lower edge of the lid.
Glue a scrap of lace above each word.
Next, prepare the bezels/pendants that you will be using in the mini shadow boxes.
Box 1 – Small Crown Bezel – Cut the loop off the bezel with wire cutters. File end down as needed, and then sand the bezel a bit using fine grain sandpaper to give it an antiqued look. Then, use the corresponding die to cut a piece of ephemera with the Artisan X-Plorer Machine to fit inside the bezel and glue ephemera into the bezel with clear drying craft glue. I use a small brush to put glue into the bezel. Glue vintage button, rhinestone or other treasure into the bezel using jewelers glue. Embellish with pearls, rhinestones, etc. but be sure that the lid to the bezel will go on. When you are finished embellishing the bezel, glue the acrylic lid to bezel using a small amount of 527 glue.
Box 2 – Family Crest Pendant – Cut the loop off the pendant with wire cutters. File the end down and then sand the bezel a bit using fine grain sandpaper to give it an antiqued look. Glue onto lace scrap using jewelry glue or strong, clear-drying craft glue.
Box 3 –Fleur de Flourish Bezel – Cut the loops off the top and bottom of the bezel with wire cutters. File the ends down as needed and then sand the bezel a bit using fine grain sandpaper to give it an antiqued look. Then, use the corresponding die to cut a piece of ephemera with the Artisan X-Plorer Machine to fit inside the bezel and glue ephemera into the bezel with clear drying craft glue. I use a small brush to put glue into the bezel. Glue rhinestone into the bezel using jewelers glue. Embellish with pearls, rhinestones, etc. but be sure that the lid to the bezel will go on. When you are finished embellishing the bezel, glue the acrylic lid to bezel using a small amount of 527 glue.
Step 3: Putting It All Together:
Glue one wooden cube to the back of each of the mini shadow boxes without holes. Position cubes inside cigar box and glue down. (It works best to put your craft glue directly onto the cube and then place where desired in the cigar box). Use strong-bonding craft glue, as these will be supporting the mini shadow boxes.
For the remaining mini shadow box, threads dyed seam binding or silk ribbon through the holes in the top side of the box, and then thread the seam binding through the corresponding holes in the bottom side of the cigar box. Tie the ends of the seam binding to secure, allowing the mini shadow box to hang down approximately one inch from the bottom of the cigar box.
Finally, create a tassel by threading 4 additional lengths of dyed seam binding or ribbon through the holes in the bottom side of the lowest mini shadow box and tie to create a knot close to the box. It helps to twist the ends of the 4 pieces together, and then insert them all at once, instead of one at a time. Tie one relic from the AGL relic pack near the knot of the tassel.
For your chance to win the AGL products I used for this project click here. This link will remain active for 48 hours from this posting. You can find official contest rules on the Spellbinders Blog here. Spellbinders will randomly choose one winner from the contest entries each day. The daily winners will receive the Spellbinders’ A Gilded Life products featured in the daily posts. Additionally, one overall grand prize winner will be chosen, who will win all product featured during the Showcase!
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Inspire – Imagine – Create!!