Thursday, December 6, 2012

Projected Growth Altered Shadow Box

Hello All! Wendy Morris here and have a couple more CHA Summer Show 2012 projects still to show you that were revealed up in the Hampton Art booth with 7 Gypsies product. Plus, I’ve been on a major mojo of creating shadow boxes and love this Solo Shadowbox Tray from 7 Gypsies! This one is small and perfect for beginners wanting to make their first shadow box and also for advanced crafters wanting to focus on lots of details in a small version. Lots of space for stamping flair!

My inspiration for this project comes from the changing seasons, fall does that for me, and also a changing season for new things happening for me, personally. So, this project is symbolic of “projected growth” of the new direction and changes in my life. Altered/mixed media art can be quite powerful in creating what sometimes your soul cannot say in words, don’t you think?

hampton art projected growth


Hampton Art

Hampton Art Stamps: Numero (7 Gypsies), Avignon (7 Gypsies), Conservatory (7 Gypsies)

7 Gypsies

Solo Shadowbox Tray: Black

Papers: Venice, Postale

Journal Pages: Trousseau

Tags Envelopes: Trousseau - Charming

Paper Tape: Off the Wall

Antique Brass Dome Studs

Printer’s Tray Label Holder: Antique Silver


Metal Birdcage & Bird: Prima

Wood Birdhouse: Recollections

Metal Bird: Momenta

Mini Birds: Source Unknown

Pearls & Bling: Kaisercraft

Mini Screw & Bead Chain: Advantus - Tim Holtz

Ink: Ranger - Archival Ink - Jet Black, Stampin’ Up! - Real Red

Adhesive: Ranger - Glossy Accents - Matte, Glue Arts - Perma Tac, Pop Dots - American Crafts, Mod Podge - Matte

Tiny Attachers & Staples: Advantus - Tim Holtz

Vintage Typewriter



Designer Notes:

1. To get started with this project, you can use sandpaper lightly to sand the shadowbox edges and corners to “antique” it. Also, a stamped title on a scrap of paper and inserted inside the Printer’s Tray Label Holder, “Projected Growth”, works great as a different edge to title your project. I love these label holders! They slide perfectly onto the ledges and no glue, nails, screws, hammers.... is needed. Ha!


2. I prefer to stamp, embellish, etc. my inserts prior to gluing them into the shadowbox niches. (For example, good idea for this in using the staples on the paper prior to attaching inside the box.) For the stamping, I mostly focused on the Conservatory stamp set. You may prefer to glue-in all your inserts and then to embellish, as you choose.

Also, I used just two different color ink for added interest. The “lesson” label, mini labels, and rose paper insert are actually cut out from the Tags Envelopes: Trousseau and Journal Pages: Trousseau. I’m always thinking of ways to “stretch my stash” and embellish them up. I mounted the mini labels on pop dots for depth. Then, the random splashing of pearls and bling in cohesive colors to the project work nicely together.



3. The hanging birdcage and bead chain are attached by a tiny screw I placed inside the box. This takes a bit of “elbow grease + wrist action + patience” to attach the screw inside the box but makes for a nice effect.


4. As a finishing touch, I arranged randomly the sweet little birds along the ledgers inside the box and a nice accent of a wood birdhouse.


Hope you enjoyed my project!

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