Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Themed Shadow Box

I found this little box at the dollar store, and thought I could do something with it...I didn't know what at the time, but I knew it would be good for something, maybe a shadow box layout? Yes, that's exactly what I turned it into, and it went from this:
To this:
There was a lot I did to this box, and I love how it came out.... I had a picture of a garden on my mind, and I think I achieved it. What do you think?
First I prepped the box with guesso. After that dried, I applied a coat of brown acrylic paint. when that dried, I put a coat of crackle medium, and then some ivory acrylic paint, all to achieve the crackle finish you can see all over the box. After all that dried, I sprayed the entire box with Creme Brulee Cream Starburst Stain for some shimmer.
I used one of My Favorite Thing's banner dies, and cut out the banner from designer paper by Colorbok (Flea Market Collection). I then sprayed the banner pieces with Scintilating Silver Glitz Spritz, and afterwards added to the banner some Maya Road chipboard letters, which I sprayed with Cadbury Milk Chocolate Startburst Stain. In between each banner piece I added some tiny mulberry paper roses which I sprayed with different Starburst Stains:  Cotton Candy Pink and Alpine Ice Gold. Afterwards, I embossed the tips of these roses with some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder in the color Hibiscus Rose Orange. LOVE embossing the tips of the petals of my flowers!
I also used some Lindy's Stamp Gang butterfly charm pieces, which I embossed with Dandelion Yellow embossing powder, and finished off with some white pearls on their centers.
I punched some butterflies out of cardstock using two different Martha Stewart butterfly punches. I then sprayed the butterflies with Icy Primrose Gold Starburst Stain, and sprinkled some embossing powder in the color Byzantine Bronze, just to add more texture and shimmer to them.
I used some glittered green sprays, as well as some vintage white bud sprays in the backgrouns, which I got at my local craft store. Behind the picture of my Emily I used a Kaiser Craft wood birdcage piece, which I sprayed with my Starburst Stain in the color Golden Lump of Coal. The stain gave it just the right touch of shimmer.
I filled in the rest of the box with different sized mulberry roses which I colored using my Starburst Stains in the following colors: Alpine Ice Rose, Tiffany's Blue, Wild Honey Suckle Coral and Scintilating Silver.
The wood stand that holds the box was also purchased at the dollar store. Can you believe it?
I hope you enjoyed this project. I truly had fun making it, and for my first shadow box project, I think it rocks! lol
Thanks so much for stopping by today. More coming soon!


  1. Very pretty Sharon. You did a great job. Love the shadow box. Maybe I can go get one myself and try something with it.

  2. What a beautiful piece of work. You are so talented!!

  3. Awesome! I got one of those too from the dollar tree. I've had it for awhile now. It's time for it to be used, lol. TFS :)

  4. Sharon, this turned out so adorable!!! Your little girls is just so stinking cute!!! I love all the fun spring colors you used. TFS.

  5. WOW GIRL!!! You did an Amazing Job! Your little Girl is just Precious. Thanks for Sharing! :0)

  6. Great! I love it. Maybe I should take a trip to the dollar store!

  7. How lovely a job you did. Your girl is so sweet. Brings back to me when my Grandgirls were that age. Now they are 16 and 19.

    I have done scrapbbooks for them and gave last year to them. They loved it. So your Princess when she grows up will love you to pieces.
    At later years this will mean so much more then you can imagine. You should try a fairy box also for her. I did alot of Cinderella and fairy tales. She loved it. I did alot of pink ribbons and pastel ribbons inside and both girls. Adored it.

  8. WOOOOOOW!!!! This is awesome!!!!!! I pray my dollar tree would have items like this!!
    Beautiful work Sharon!


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