Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Tutorial for Beverly's Shadowbox

Hey gals, Beverly was nice enough to write up a tutorial on how to do the
C&T Shadowbox project that she did below. Here it is:

‘Life Is Random’ Shadow Box

You will need:

C&T Publishing 5” x 7” Shadow Box
Assorted chipboard letters/words/accents (ours were Creative Imaginations, TLC, Rusty Pickle & Heidi Swapp)
Vintage dictionary page, buttons, length of twine.
Ink Pads (we used Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Real Red, Dark Brown & Chestnut Roan)
Acrylic Paints (DecoArt Santa Red, Cranberry Wine & Lamp Black)
Creative Imaginations Coffee House Papers by Marah Johnson: Coffee Carnivale, Blue Scroll, Harlequin Scroll
Brown & Green Chalks; Red & Brown Markers/Fineliners
Sanding pad, iron & Basic Tool Kit
Small photographs & Fortune Cookie mottos (we generated ours on the internet – look for the links in the instructions!)

Let’s Make It:

1.Paint the inside frames, the outside hinge and the edges of the top of the box and set aside to dry. Remove the two inside base pieces and paint the tops and front edges.

2. Meanwhile cut two pieces of Coffee Carnivale paper to fit the front and back of the box and two pieces of blue scroll paper to fit the insides. Screw each piece up into a ball and then flatten out. Lightly sand them to reveal the white core along the creases and then gently rub over with a light brown ink pad. Iron each of the pieces before sticking into position.

3.Cut a 1” strip of Coffee Carnivale paper to fit over the spine edge of the box front and tear along one long edge. Ink the edges red before sticking in position so that the torn edge overlaps onto the front cover.

4.Cut strips of Harlequin Scroll paper to fit the sides of the box, ink the edges red and stick into place. Where strips overlap, tear the edge that will show and ink that red too. When the outside of the box is covered, use the red ink pad to colour all the exposed edges.

5.Decorate the front of the box with a title and a photograph. We altered a chipboard word by inking in three shades. Start with the darkest first and leave to dry in between layers to avoid transfer between the ink pads. A button, threaded with a short piece of knotted twine, replaces the dot over the ‘i’. The last word of our title comes from a dictionary definition. This has been highlighted with green and brown chalks and then a doodled frame was added. We have drawn attention to it with a hand drawn arrow.

6. The fortune cookie quotes were generated online at the following websites: http://www.redkid.net/generator/fortune/

To go with the ‘random’ theme of our layout, ours read:

Nothing can stop him – not even common sense
As a computer I find your faith in technology amusing
Experience is that wonderful thing that allows you to recognise a mistake when you make it again
One is never alone with a rubber duck
Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition! (Monty Python)
With the exception of the last quote, the authors are unknown.

7.Mat the larger quotes onto Coffee Carnivale paper and ink the edges red. For the smaller ones, cut close to the edge of the design.

8. For the inside left panel of the box: Replace the base piece, arrange cookies and add the word ‘random’ either die or hand cut from remaining Coffee Carnivale scraps. Highlight each letter with doodled red lines. Cover chipboard brackets with Blue Scrolls paper, sand the edges and ink with Chestnut Roan. Attach to the box with foam pads.

9.For the inside right panel: Attach a torn piece of Harlequin scroll to the top of the base piece and then replace in the box. Attach cookies, a photograph and a chipboard clock face, which is first inked in dark brown and red. Decorate the centre right edge of the box with two torn and inked strips of Coffee Carnivale, wrapping them right around on to the back of the box.

10. Finally, computer journal on to a piece of Harlequin Scroll paper, roll up and tie with a length of twine.


Reformed Mama said...

very cool! thanks for doing this. gonna have to check out that site.

lynn said...

Hi- I came to check out the site because Jamie Danford sent me! Looks like a cool site.

QueenTracy said...

Wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. I really appreciate it!