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Beauty & Hope Shadow Box

Project #18333
18333

When it’s this special, it belongs in a shadow box. Tim Holtz Alterations dies and stamps can help transform your timeless story into treasured art.



Other Supplies:

  • Acetate
  • Mixed Media or Watercolor Paper
  • Patterned Paper
  • Adhesive
  • Archival Ink (Black)
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Craft Bird’s Nest
  • Craft Knife
  • Crocheted Vintage Doily
  • Deco Tape by Tim Holtz (Gold Glitter)
  • Distress Inks™ by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Paints by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Pens by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Re-Inker (Evergreen Bough) by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Sprayer by Tim Holtz
  • Dried Flowers
  • Embellishments by Tim Holtz (Mini Pocket Watch, Tiny Vials, Trophy Antlers, Alpha Dice, Letterpress and Heirloom Roses)
  • Feathers
  • Glitter
  • Gold Leaf
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Micro Beads
  • Non-Stick Craft Mat
  • Overalls Fastener
  • Paintbrush/Water Brush
  • Ranger® Multi Medium Matte
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Silver Gel Pen
  • Small Talk Stickers by Tim Holtz
  • Spatula
  • Stencils
  • Tape
  • Tissue Wrap by Tim Holtz
  • Vignette Boxes by Tim Holtz

  1. Stamp onto mixed media or watercolor paper three to five butterflies from the Flutter stamp set and one large Flower Jar and flowers (enough to fill two jars) from the Flower Jar stamp set. Watercolor the images using Distress Inks and the Distress Sprayer. Stamp another large Flower Jar onto clear acetate, and allow to dry completely. Set the acetate Flower Jar aside.
  2. Cut apart the watercolored butterfly images, and back each butterfly with a Foil Adhesive Sheet (this will allow the die-cuts to keep their shape when you bend them). Align the corresponding Framelits dies over the stamped butterflies, and die-cut. For ease of use, we recommend using the Magnetic Platform to hold the Framelits dies in place while the shapes are being cut. Shape each butterfly as desired. Set the butterflies aside.
  3. Using Distress Inks and the Distress Sprayer, watercolor the large Flower Jar stamped on mixed media or watercolor paper in step 1. Repeat the watercolor process for the flowers stamped in step 1. Mask the Flower Jar lid with a piece of scrap paper. Using Distress Pens, color the stems and any flowers at the bottom of the stems. Then stamp the Flower Jar second generation (stamp on scrap paper first and then on the jar) so that the stems appear to be in the jar. Remove the mask from the Flower Jar lid, and use a craft knife to cut along the jar opening (do not cut all the way to the edges). This creates a pocket in which to slip the flowers. Color the Flower Jar lid with a gray Distress Pen. Back the flowers with Foil Adhesive Sheets (this will allow the die-cuts to keep their shape when you bend them). Align the corresponding Framelits dies over the Flower Jar and the flowers, and die-cut. For ease of use, we recommend using the Magnetic Platform to hold the Framelits dies in place while the shapes are being cut. Slip some of the flowers in the Flower Jar opening, and tape the stems down in the back. (The sample project matches up the stems with the flowers in the jar.) Tie a small bow using baker’s twine around the neck of the Flower Jar. Set aside.
  4. On a non-stick craft mat, mix approximately 1/2 teaspoon of liquid adhesive and Evergreen Bough Distress Re-Inker. Paint this mixture on the back side of the Flower Jar image stamped onto acetate in step 1. Allow to dry completely. Once dry, the adhesive mixture will remain sticky. Back the Flower Jar with another piece of acetate to sandwich the mixture. Align the corresponding Framelits die over the Flower Jar, and die-cut. For ease of use, we recommend using the Magnetic Platform to hold the Framelits die in place while the shape is being cut. Color the Flower Jar lid with a silver gel pen. As with the other Flower Jar, use a craft knife to cut along the jar opening (do not cut all the way to the edges). Create a bouquet using more die-cut flowers from step 3, and place them in the Flower Jar. If needed, add a small piece of tape to the stems right behind the lid to keep the flowers stationary. Tie a small bow using baker’s twine around the neck of the Flower Jar. Set aside.
  5. Adhere three Vignette Boxes together in a staggered pattern using hot glue. Using Multi Medium Matte, randomly collage pieces of Tissue Wrap to the boxes (inside and outside). Adhere a piece of patterned paper to the back of the middle-sized box. Apply Distress Paints in a random pattern over the surface of the boxes. (Pinks, greens, blues and Picket Fence were used in the sample project.) Add desired mixed media techniques to the boxes. (The sample has stencils with Distress Inks and Texture Paste used with a spatula, Distress Paint stamped with the lid, smeared colorized Texture Paste, paint splatters and gold leafing.) Add layers of the mixed media techniques until you achieve the desired look. Adhere gold glitter Deco Tape to the front edges of the boxes, and trim the excess.
  6. Fill a Mini Pocket Watch with leftover scrap flowers, bits of patterned paper, gold leaf and glitter. (Hint: You can also use an old locket or other found object.) Set aside.
  7. Paint the Trophy Antlers with liquid adhesive, and coat completely with gold glitter. Allow to dry, and brush off any loose glitter. Repeat the process a second time, and set aside.
  8. Brush the tips of feathers with liquid adhesive, and dip into gold glitter. Allow to dry, and set aside.
  9. Cut a bird’s nest in half, and add hot glue to the cut edge to keep it from losing its shape. (Hint: If you don’t have a craft bird’s nest, use some floral moss and a few twigs to create a nest.)
  10. Fill three Tiny Vials with micro beads, glitter and pieces of dried flowers. (Hint: If you do not have Tiny Vials, perfume sample bottles or nail art sequin bottles will work. Snip a piece of wine cork to replace the plastic lids.) Set aside.
  11. Paint Letterpress letters with Distress Paints to create the word Beauty. (Picked Raspberry and Picket Fence were used in the sample project.) Set aside.

Assembly:

Large Box:

Die-cut out of muted patterned or solid paper a shape from the Mixed Media #4 set. (The mosaic shape was used in the sample project.) Adhere into the top right corner of the largest box. Adhere the half bird’s nest with hot glue in the bottom left corner, and fill the nest with the acetate Flower Jar, two Tiny Vials, a small Heirloom Rose (or flower of your choice), a scrap of patterned paper and a tiny feather. Next to the bird’s nest, adhere the word Hope out of Alpha Dice. (Hint: If you do not have Alpha Dice, use word game pieces to achieve the same look.) In the top right corner on top of the Mixed Media #4 die-cut, add the gold glitter Trophy Antlers.

Medium Box:

Adhere with hot glue the word Beauty along the bottom of the medium box, leaving a small gap behind the letters. Tuck some feathers and one of the butterflies behind the letters, and adhere another butterfly on top of the letters. Adhere with hot glue a metal key (or other found object) in front of the letters.

Small Box:

Adhere an overalls fastener (or other found object) to the back of box, and tuck a small glitter feather into the left side of the fastener. Adhere a small piece of a vintage crocheted doily to the bottom right corner, and layer an Heirloom Flower and feather on top. (Hint: If you don’t have a vintage crocheted doily, marinade a new one in strong tea or weak coffee to achieve a vintage look.) Adhere a Tiny Vial next to the layered doily. Finish the box with the Small Talk Stickers quote, “leave a little sparkle wherever you go.” (Hint: If you don’t have Small Talk Stickers, create your own quote using a computer.)

In the center area where the three boxes join, add the paper Flower Jar and another butterfly. Any remaining butterflies made in step 2 can be used to fill in where needed.

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