Vintage Christmas Shadow Box

Project #18393

Put your holiday joy on display! With the Tim Holtz Christmas collection and your inspired creativity, it's always merry and bright!

Other Supplies:

  • Acetate
  • Cardstock (Variety of Coordinating Colors)
  • Patterned Paper
  • White Mixed-Media Paper
  • Adhesive Foam Tape
  • Chipboard (Optional)
  • Craft Foam
  • Foam Brush
  • Glitter (Clear or White)
  • Gold Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Idea-ology; Baroque Frame by Tim Holtz
  • Idea-ology Mini Foundations by Tim Holtz
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Markers or Paint
  • Metal Adhesive
  • Number Stickers 1–12 (or Numerical Die-Cuts)
  • Ranger; Distress Collage Medium by Tim Holtz
  • Ranger Glossy Accents;
  • Ranger Texture Paste (White Opaque)
  • Shadow Box
  • Spatula or Plastic Knife
  • Twine
  • Washi Tape
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Wood Block
  • Wood Stain or Paint

  1. Choose a wood block just slightly larger than the shadow box base. Stain or paint the wood block, and adhere Mini Foundations with a metal adhesive. Set aside.
  2. Paint the shadow box or cover with washi tape or patterned paper. (Note: If the shadow box does not have 12 compartments, add small pieces of chipboard to divide existing compartments into 12 total. Alternatively, if the shadow box has too many compartment, remove some dividers to adjust to 12 total. At least one compartment must be large enough to fit the car from the Home for the Holidays set, which measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/2".)
  3. Line the bottom of each compartment with patterned paper or cardstock. Die-cut all of the Mini Christmas Things pieces out of white mixed-media paper, color with markers or paint and assemble the pieces with liquid adhesive. Lay the shapes out before adhering in place to determine in which of the smaller compartments you will place each die-cut. Adhere in place with liquid adhesive and adhesive foam tape for added dimension. Adhere the Baroque Frame with metal adhesive to the compartment where you will place the Santa die-cut. (Note: In the sample project, the box in that compartment is turned upside down so that the Santa die-cut is raised higher than the other die-cuts. If you do not have boxes in the shadow box compartments, you can glue a piece of heavy cardstock over the compartment and adhere the Santa die-cut on top; this will give you the same result.)
  4. Cover the top portion of the shadow box, and splatter a bit of white paint onto the larger compartment on the bottom to create the look of snow or stars. Die-cut all pieces from the Tree Line set and the Home for the Holidays set out of mixed-media paper and again out of craft foam. (Note: You will need six spindly trees, four full trees and three gifts from the Home for the Holidays set. You do not need to die-cut a second craft foam piece for the spindly trees or full trees. Also note: The size of the hillside die-cuts will depend on the size of the large compartment. In the sample project, both the positive and negative pieces of the hillside were used.)
  5. Using a spatula or plastic knife, add a layer of white Texture Paste to the paper hillsides, and set aside to dry. Once dry, adhere the hillsides to the craft foam hillsides, and trim to fit in the shadow box compartment.
  6. Color with markers or paint all the die-cut pieces. (Note: Only add color to the sides of the craft foam die-cut pieces to match the corresponding paper die-cuts.) Adhere the paper die-cuts to the tops of the craft foam die-cuts to create dimension. (Optional: Die-cut extra craft foam gifts to give one or two of the gifts even more dimension.)
  7. Add the Tree Line die-cut to the back of the largest compartment so that the tallest tree almost touches the top. Next, layer the hillsides over the Tree Line with liquid adhesive and adhesive foam tape.
  8. Adhere the spindly trees together in sets of two by adhering only along the trunk all the way to the top with liquid adhesive. Lift up the branches on the top tree of each set to create dimension.
  9. Fold the full trees in half in a valley fold. Adhere all four full trees in a stack (with only a line of liquid adhesive along the center fold). Once the adhesive is dry, lift up the layers of branches, and fan them out to create a dimensional tree. Wind a bit of twine around the tree, add some Texture Paste to the branches to resemble snow and set aside to dry.
  10. Die-cut the car from the Home for the Holidays set out of mixed-media paper and craft foam. Use markers or paint to color the paper car pieces as desired. Adhere with Glossy Accents a small piece of acetate behind the paper car windows, and then adhere the paper car to the craft foam car. Optional: Die-cut two more craft foam cars to give the car even more dimension. Adhere the car to the scene in the largest compartment with adhesive foam tape. Adhere the full dimensional tree to the top of the car (as though it is tied down to the car) with Distress Collage Medium. Adhere the gifts in the trunk of the car with liquid adhesive. Place three spindly dimensional trees in front and behind the car with liquid adhesive.
  11. Add Texture Paste to various areas of the shadow box to create the look of snow. Adhere the numbers 1–12 to the boxes in the Texture Paste “snow” or with liquid adhesive.
  12. Adhere the shadow box to the wood base with hot glue.

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