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Shadow Box Cards

This newsletter is completely inspired by the Featured Card-Making Project. The Autumn Shadow Box card gave me a few ideas that I wanted to try and then share with you. This style of card is not one that most people think of creating when making a card for a friend or family member. My hope is that after reading this update you will want to give it a try the next time you craft.

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A shadow box card is, in general, a pop-up card that is created from a few folds and an open area to showcase a framed design, thus making the finished card look like a shadow box. To make a shadow box card, start with two pieces of paper that are the same size. The back piece remains uncut, and the front piece has a window made from punches, dies or a craft knife to create the opening for the shadow box.

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The scoring to make the folds should be mimicked on the front and back piece of paper with the folds going in opposite directions so that the card opens up when the ends are pushed toward each other. To make a card like the one I created here, start with two pieces of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch cardstock; score both pieces at 1/2 inch and 1 inch from each side. The card is running horizontally. Place a die in the center of the front piece of cardstock and run it through a die-cutting machine to create an opening. Place the image or the item you wish to showcase in the center panel of the back piece of cardstock. Make the folds of the front and back opposite to each other and adhere the end flaps of the front to the end flaps of the back to finish the card. Gently push in both ends of the card to create the pop-up shadow box!

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Once you've mastered the general idea of the shadow box, think of other ways you can decorate the inside of the box. You could add an accordion-folded piece of paper to the top or bottom to create a 3-D effect. You could punch a hole in the top of the front where the frame is and hang a pretty die cut or stamped image.

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There are many different ideas that you could use with this general card-making technique. Give one a try the next time you go to make a card. Showcase a lovely stamped scene, add a few die cuts to an accordion fold or hang a star from the front panel for a stunning card. Share with us what you create on our social media pages.