Published on June 3, 2013, by in News.


I’m so excited to be sharing with your today, my first creation as a DT member. It’s a 7 Gypsies shadowbox, and what fun I had making this little shadowbox into a treasure. Want to make your own? Then here’s how I  did it.

Firstly I took some of the new gorgeous Prima Engraver paper, and cut it down to size to fit in each box, I also inked the edges with Distress Strain, Walnut ink.

Base Layer of Shadowbox


To give the paper a bit more resistant to the next stages I covered them with a layer of Beacon Adhesive Fast Finish Decoupage Glue, it just protects the paper, without giving it a too shiny a coat. I then took my 6 x 4 photo, and inked the edges of that also.

Next, I  took a pack of 7 Gypsies Surveyor Rulers, and stuck them to the edges, I used Claudine;s Hellmuth’s Multi Matte Medium to stick them.

Wait for the rulers and paper to dry, you could ink the remaining white edges with Walnut Stain, now would also be the time to add tissue tape if you wanted around the inside edges of each box. I didn’t do that but I did put Prima Engraver Washi Tape around the whole of the outside, and inked that again with Walnut Stain.

Once dry, add your photo and now the fun starts by decorating each square. It can be helpful to think in layers for this part, for my next layer I added Prima Felt, I love this stuff, I like to cut it up into smaller sections, so that it doesn’t overwhelm the project. I added some felt to each box, including layering some over the photo. I also added some lace at the bottom of the photo, which you can just see peeking out.


I added  some wooden Prima Clocks, these clocks are just so easy to use and good value for money, to age them, I inked them with Walnut Stain and StazOn Metallic Platinum I coloured some Bird on a Wire chipboard pieces at the same time, this I added to one of the white edges of a smaller box. Using the Prima Engraver Paper and Vintage Edition Images – Dreamer, I cut circles and stuck them into the Vintage Edition Flattened bottle caps,(black) and added glossy accents. Also, from the Engraver paper I cut a sentiment and added that to the photo.


Next I added my flowers I used Prima Vine Engraver flowers and Prima small orange roses, I entwined these around the other vine flowers and added them to the corners. I also added Prima Junk Yard finds, and to make it personal a shell and a crystal from my stash. Finally a bit of classy bling, to the edge rulers using Want2Scrap Black Rhinestone Swirls, which like the Prima Felt I cut down to size.



Thanks for letting me share my first piece with you today, please let me know what you think, or if you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them, just leave me a comment below, wishing you all a Happy Queens Birthday, Debi x

Ps. I believe there may be a surprise for a random blogger who leaves us a comment 😉