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Friday 5 June 2015

TMC 10 Shadow Box

I can’t believe we are already in June, mostly because we have been having October weather here in the UK. Cold, wet and very windy! Anyhow over at The Mirror Crack’d we have a brand new challenge for you. We would like to see your take on ‘Shadow Box’. Do please pop over to the blog to see the awesome things the team have created.

We are sponsored by the Fabulous Woodware Craft Collection.

10 Shadow Box

I fully intended to take lots of pics with this one, but life has just been too busy and to be honest I forgot until I was nearly finished.

Anyhow my shadow box is really small, it’s only 6” square in total and the aperture is just 4” square, so was actually difficult to stamp inside, and even more difficult to apply texture paste!

I started off with gesso and then painted with a couple of shades of dylusions. I did have  lovely underwater weed stencil but it was way too big to fit in the tiny centre so I created my own, several times, from a Magnolia Doohickey die and some thickish card. I made my own colours of texture paste by mixing distress stain and the paste. Getting the texture paste spread in such a small area was difficult, my tools were all too large and then I remembered all the old credit/debit cards I had kept in case they might be useful! They make excellent spreaders, particularly in small tight spaces.

I also added some along the bottom edge of the frame part of the box. When it was all dry I stamped inside and all around the edges with a combination of Designs by Ryn stamps and Sheena Douglass stamps. Again this was difficult in the tight space I had to just press down with my fingers as there was no space for a stamp block, or at least not one that had tack and peel to hold the stamps in place. Also I should have stamped prior to adding the paste, not after.

My turtles are from Susana Love’s Stamps. I coloured them both nice and bright to stand out from the otherwise sea blue/green of the rest of the project. I also glazed them to give the look of being under the water, and then stuck them in with lots of dimensional glue so that they were proud of the background weeds and stamping.

The shells were in a jar I had been saving for something special. They are a lovely blue cloudy porcelain.

This is my idea of Summer heaven, being anywhere near the ocean!

I’m entering this into:-

2 Creative Chicks – #27 Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics – June: Anything Goes
Berry71Bleu – June: Stamp It Up
Craft My Life – June/July: Anything Goes
Craft Stamper – June: Texture
Eclectic Ellapu – June: Pink – Anything Goes
Mixed Media Mojo – June: Summer (I didn’t use the twist)
Our Creative Corner – June: What Makes you Smile (the ocean)
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – June: Anything Goes
Stamps and Stencils – June: Small Is Beautiful
The Artistic Stamper – June: Summer is on it’s way



  1. Soooo, Lin - I am going to tell you that THIS IS FABULOUS... but... I want you to know that when I say that - it's a big compliment!!! BECAUSE... I am not an ocean person... I am a lake person!! I know - you will say there is no comparison since you love summer at the ocean but... I'm just sayin.... you KNOW that this is REALLY WONDERFUL if this lake gal loves it - eheheheheheheheh. And I do. The colors are amazing and I love the way you made your own underwater "weeds" - makes me laugh to think of weeds underwater!!! And all that in such a tiny space - it's really just INCREDIBLY PERFECT. Your turtles are the BEST of all - so happy that you colored them bright and cheerful. They SERIOUSLY are SWIMMING... it so looks like they are. I'm awed! j

  2. Love your shadow box with its bright colours and all the sea creatures Lin!

  3. Great little shadow box you have made love all those stamped bubbles
    Thank you for joining us at craft stamper this month

  4. Forgot to say thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media Mojo challenge.

  5. Wow, this is so beautiful, love it!

    Happy Saturday sweetie!

    Love and hugs

  6. Awesome shadow box. I have a friend who is expecting a granddaughter and her mom has decorated the baby's room in a sea theme. They would love this. Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

    Have a creative day.
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  7. Such a beautiful and colorful shadow box! I love all the layers and colors, awesome! Thanks for playing at Mixed Media Mojo!~kim

  8. Amazing piece! I love it . Thanks for joining us at Take it and make it challenge :-)

  9. Gorgeous piece of artwork, thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper

  10. Extremely clever idea - not that good with scenery particularily sea scapes - so really clever and very relaxing to look at hun xx

  11. Beautiful beachy shadow box! The colors are so inviting to take a dip..... Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit This month. Good luck. Rupa, DT

  12. Hi Lin,
    this is so beautiful, I love it ! And your embroidered card is stunning !

  13. Absolutely beautiful!
    Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

    Have a creative day.
    ♥ Scrap N Sew Granny ♥
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  14. lovley bubbly page thank you for joining us at Berry71Bleu x

  15. Fabulous shadow box .... I love the underwater scene. Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge ... good luck! Linda

  16. What a lovely little shadow box! Love the sea theme with those gorgeous turtles! Thank you for jen's ring this with us over at Stamps and Stencils Toni x

  17. This is such a lovely shadow box! Love the nautical theme. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  18. What an awesome shadow box! I love how you designed it & the use of colors and stamps. Excellent work! Thanks for joining us at Berry71Bleu!

  19. Hi Lin, I love those turtles, steampunk? periscope ? The colour looks great against the subtle sea landscape you created. Thank you for joining my challenge at Our Creative Corner

  20. Sorry me continuing! You made me smile! Hugs Jan x

  21. Thank you for sharing your wonderful shadow box with us at Mixed Media Mojo, the colours are lovely and I love the turtles.
    xxx Hazel.

  22. Your shadow box is really gorgeous and the little scene created is fabulous! Love all the stamping! ;-) Thanks so much for playing along with our stamping challnge at Berry71Bleu! ;-)

  23. This is wonderful! Love the the underwater turtle scene! Thank so much for playing along with Mixed Media Mojo.

  24. A lovely shadow box with lots of detail going on in there. Beautiful colours! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x

  25. Beautiful frame! Love the colours!Thank you for taking part in Berry71Bleu Challenge! Hugs!Sylwia

  26. Really nice! Thank you for joining Berry71Bleu challenges!

  27. Such a cool shadow box! Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Berry71bleu!!!

  28. A beautiful shadow box! Lots to see in there and the colours are gorgeous. Thanks for joining my challenge at Stamps & Stencils. Juliax

  29. Thank you for sharing your fabulous project at Eclectic Ellapu this month. Carol DT x


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