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Vintage Shadow Box


I have never tackled a project of this size for a shadow box.  I must admit it was a little daunting looking at the size.  How could I possible fill this space while creating a cohesive flow!  I started with a couple anchor points and went from there! 
 
Not to mention a ton on new Tim Holtz and Sizzix goodies!  No tutorial here:(  Sometimes I just get in the zone and when it's all done I realize I should have had my camera near me.  Sorry:(
 
The start; I was asked to make some displays for the LSS I teach at.  I re-purposed 2 shadow boxes.  The smaller one I posted HERE.  I took them both apart and started over with a fresh new look!

I threw all these new goodies at it!
 
I started with the 8x8 Menagerie paper pack.  I pieced it all together, distressing and inking with evergreen bough, picked raspberry and mustard seed. 
I kept making bows!  I just couldn't help myself.  I love the new Family Reunion cards.  I may have a couple packs!
 
I made the matchbox (bottom left) with some of the Menagerie paper.  Leaving it open so all the butterfly's appear to fly out, large to small.  They meander through the project.
The matchbox is on some stacked wood to give it height.  While all the paper, floral and greenery elements make up the background.
 
It's no secret I love the writing desk feather.  I stack 3 with a tied bow and pen nib.  Tucking a family reunion card in there adds a great point of interest.  All the colour around the card makes it pop.
It's hard to tell here but I added this 4x7 canvas.  This on it's own is a craft project.  But a project of this size needs an anchor point or 2.  I layered the new honeycomb frameworks die over the family reunion card. I stamped the canvas, inked and added some paper.  Then layered with more butterflies in pattern paper, bows, burlap and Idea-Ology.
 
A closer look at the medium bow along with a wee flower cut from the tattered floral die.  It's 2 cuts of the smallest flower then layered.  Strands of burlap add texture.
Another use for the honeycomb die.  This time cut with grungeboard and painted with the new tattered rose distress paint.  I attached it in a curve next to the matchbox.  When the butterflies come out they flow over it and down to the base of the shadow box.
The smallest of the butterflies end up half way across the whole shadow box where the black ones meet up with the pattern paper ones on the canvas.
 

Thanks ever so much for checking out my project featuring a bunch of the new Sizzix dies and Tim Holtz goodies! 
 
I have some challenges I'll be adding this too. 
 
My new FAVORITE challenge blog;  A Vintage Journey
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge
 
THE DATES ARE SET FOR SIZZIX!
 
Oh and I wanted to share with you all my SIZZIX dates!  My BFF (my adorable husband) and I will be meeting with the Sizzix Team May 7-9.  I cannot tell you how grateful I am for this opportunity!
 
 

Comments

  1. That's awesome! A collage that size would intimidate the heck out of me. Super job. :) I so wish I lived closer so I could take some of your classes and play with you. And of course, swipe some of those yummy new dies!!! LOL ;)

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  2. Wow! That's alot of schtuff on there! And it looks marvelous! I love how the butterflies are just meandering through the project, all the while tying it all together. BTW: I just ordered that bow die. I can't wait to get it!

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  3. Oh my goodness, Nicole. Your vintage shadow box is waaaay cool! So much goodness to see and love. Very cool layering of so many beautiful vintage elements. Love the little butterflies fluttering across everything. Nice little subtle touch of femininity! :) Love the honeycomb die cut, too. Thanks for your always sweet comments you left on my blog, too. <3 Candy

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  4. Wow, such a stunning shadow box. Just so beautiful.
    I love the use of the strands of burlap…I know of all the elements I find the strands of burlap one that stands out ;)

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  5. Nicole this is just amazing, you have re-purposed this box magnificently with so much detail and so many fabulous Tim goodies. It's a magnificent project to share on A Vintage Journey, thanks for travelling with us.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  6. Nicole as always !!!! Beautiful beautiful work!!!! Thanks for joining us this weeks on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Barbarayaya

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  7. Oh wow Nicole! You're just going from strength to strength now!! LOVE this shadow box - butterflies, bows, flowers - what's not to love! Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey with this. Jenny x

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  8. Oh wow...there is so much fabulous detail in this gorgeous shadow box and I LOVE the butterflies, bows and flowers. Beautiful work Nicole and a gorgeous project! Thank you for sharing this and for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Emma x

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  9. wow this is wonderful, so jam packed with gorgeous details and tim Holtz gooodness too! This is fab! thanks so much for playing along at A Vintage Journey and hope to see you again soon x hugs xtrace x

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  10. Hey Nicole! You are such a doll! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog this evening and leaving such a sweet message about the new Words challenge book that I did. I LOVED doing that book. So much fun! Can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge. <3 Candy

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  11. Wow - fabulous use of all those amazing new goodies! Thank you for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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  12. Another beautiful project, Nicole. You are so inspiring!

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