Monday, June 10, 2013

Father's Day Shadow Box

Happy Monday, everyone! It's Shelly here today with a fun vintage-inspired Father's Day shadow box project. Besides paper-crafting, one of my other hobbies (obsessions!) is junkin'. Whether it's flea markets, estate sales, or antique stores - I love digging around for hidden treasure. This shadow box was inspired by my collection of vintage wooden folding rulers. I thought it might be fun to try to replicate one using nothing more than paper, ink, and Tim Holtz' new Rulers Texture Fade.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox

Isn't it incredible how much the rulers look like they're made of wood? No need to scrounge around the flea market to make this frame! Follow along with me and I'll how you how to create a brand-new 'antique' you or your loved one will cherish for years.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Begin by cutting a 5" x 6" piece of medium weight chipboard. Find the center by drawing a line from corner to corner.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Cut a frame from chipboard using the Postage Frame with the largest of the Sized Rectangles Movers and Shapers dies. Using the lines, center the frame on the larger panel. We'll be using it as a guide for the placement of the die cut. (Note - I'm sure there are other ways of achieving a cut in the center of the panel, this is just the one that was easiest and quickest for me!)

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With the frame centered, set the Sized Rectangle die in the opening, cutting side down, and tape in place. Using the Movers and Shapers Base Tray, run through your Vagabond. Save the center rectangle portion. Set the postage frame aside for another project.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Now you have a perfectly die cut mat! Paint the frame front and back with black paint. When dry, sand to give it an aged appearance and ink with brown ink.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Now we'll use the center portion that was cut to make the frame to make the shadow box niche. Using it as a guide, cut 1" chipboard panels for the sides, top, and bottom.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Paint the back with black paint and cover the front with decorative paper. Sand the edges and ink with brown ink.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Using a strong, quick-setting adhesive, adhere the sides to the outer edges of the rectangle.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Tape the outside edges of the box to reinforce the bond and to hold everything in place while it dries.
This will also give the back of the shadow box a more finished appearance.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
When the box has dried, adhere the frame to the front. It should fit perfectly with just enough room for a line of glue. Let dry.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
To make a fun element for the niche of your box, cut a key from Grungeboard using the Mini Key Movers and Shapers die. Paint with gold paint and ink the edges with brown ink.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Fill your shadow box as desired. I added a rub-on to the key, and lots of other embellishments in addition to a photo of my family. Glue everything down with a strong adhesive.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Let's make a ruler! Begin by embossing a 7" x 4" piece of manila cardstock using the Rulers Texture Fade. Slide the folder to the right, lining up the rows, and emboss again. The numbers won't be in perfect order, but it's not really that noticeable.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Apply brown ink to embossed panel. Highlight the raised portion by dragging a black ink pad over the surface. Blend with an inking tool or sponge to soften and tone down the colors.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Cut the rulers into separate sections. Cut two pieces to 6" long and two pieces 5" long. Using the ruler as a guide, cut a piece of chipboard to the same dimensions and adhere the embossed ruler to it. Repeat for the other pieces.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
Apply black ink to the edges of the chipboard. Use a sanding tool to give the ruler a worn appearance. When you're satisfied with the grungyness of it, apply a coating of Glossy Accents to seal the surface and further enhance the look of the ruler.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
When all of your ruler pieces are dry, connect the ends as shown, using gold brads. Affix a metal label pull to the center of the bottom ruler. Fold into shape and adhere to front of box. To finish the box, you can add an adhesive wall hanger to the back, or use the Sizzix Easel die to make a tabletop decoration.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Faux Ruler Shadowbox Frame by Shelly Hickox
I absolutely love the look of these rulers. No one would ever guess that they were made from paper. Now that I've discovered how easy it is to create a shadow box, I think I'll be making them for all kinds of occasions. Simply by changing the papers and painted finish, you could have a lovely decoration for a baby's room, a special piece to commemorate a wedding, or how about a nostalgic Christmas collage? Oh goodness...my imagination has been kicked into overdrive. I hope you are inspired to create one of your own!

See you next month!
Shelly

die cutting supplies



Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Black Soot
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs
Paper: Idea-ology French Industrial, Ranger Manila Cardstock, Chipboard, Grungeboard
Adhesive: Beacon 3-in-1, Ranger Glossy Accents, Ranger Studio Matte Medium, Scotch Tape Runner
Embellishments: Idea-ology Label Pulls, Long Fasteners, Chit Chat Stickers, Film Strip Ribbon, Muse Tokens, Pen Nibs, Clock Face, Small Gear, Remnant Rubs.
Tools: Idea-ology Sanding Grip

Are you ready for even more die cutting inspiration featuring the Tim Holtz Alterations collection? If so, you won't want to miss the Tim Holtz project gallery on Sizzix.com. It is packed with great project ideas and instructions!
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22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous project Shelly! Love the rulers, the wonderful photo and all the special touches.

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  2. Ah-Maz-Ing!!!! This is awesome Shelly, I love, love, love it!!!

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  3. A true Shellypiece! Love this!

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  4. Casual, nostalgic and totally awesome! Another winner, Shelly!!

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  5. Shelly this piece is amazing!!! I collect the folding carpenter rulers, I buy them at flea markets whenever I can too! Now I really need the ruler embossing folder. Love the picture of your family, you must be the cute girl on the left. Thank you for sharing this great project. Thank you for your creative inspiration.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  6. Wonderful project, perfect for Father's Day.

    Thanks for the concise instructions and the step-out photos!

    I'm pinning it for future reference!

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  7. Oh wow, now that i see how you made it it is even more awesome! The rulers look so real and the box inside is precious.
    What a wonderful male project!

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  8. Awesome!

    I LOVE shadowboxes in general and yours is just brilliant! I especially love the use of the ruler embossing folder! Seems this is one I must have ;)

    Hugs,
    die amelie x

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  9. Fantastic shadow box. Simply adore the ruler frame. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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  10. Really nice Shelly! Love how you made the rulers.

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  11. THIS is just Amazing Shelly!!! Love it......

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  12. This is fantastic Shelly! The rulers really do look like the real thing! Absolutely wonderful!

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  13. Fabulous job on this project!! My favorite part is how you did the rulers,love it! Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try your ruler technique!
    Nancy S

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  14. You never fail to amaze! Your work is absolutely beautiful! Every last detail, thank you for sharing.

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  15. Fabulous tutorial. I'm leaving VERY inspired.

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  16. Awesome shadow box! I have to make a few for my mother's room in assisted living. This project is perfectly timed. Thanks TH for making this a Blogworthy entry and tfs Shelly

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  17. this is amazing - whats even cooler is that its all paper and chipboard and seemingly do-able.

    thanks for sharing
    tina

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  18. I was stunned to learn in your post that the rulers were paper! At first, I really thought they were real. You did an amazig job of creating them!

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  19. Love it Shelly. You do fabulous vintage work and continue to make my jaw drop whenever I see another creation of yours.....Can't wait to see MORE!!!

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  20. Huge KUDOS for such a classic Piece of ART! I really enjoyed the tutorial. My mind is buzzing with ideas too. This is a GEM!! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. OMG ... Shelly this shadow box is amazing; love the ruler tutorial (hum my pea brain is still wrapping around this )... this is just AWE...SOME !!!
    What a wonderful gift idea !

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