Hi! Cathy here, I’m so excited to welcome you to the start of a 2 week long Bridal Shower at the Hybrid Chick. We are featuring several wedding and bridal shower projects from now through May 27.
My project is a wedding date shadowbox that wou
ld make a great shower or wedding gift that will become a keepsake for the new couple to always remind them of the day they made their vows to each other. It would also make a wonderful anniversary present to a special couple. You can change up the colors to customize it to go with any decor. I made 2 of these recently for friends and family that are getting married. The colors in their homes are very similar, but I added some different details and will share them both with you.
To make this project you will need:
- a shadow box frame (available at most craft stores)
- quality cardstock or printing paper
- digital papers and elements
- craft knife
- glue gun
The shadowbox frame that I used is 8″ x 10″. Design the background in your image editing software. I used Photshop CS4. Create a file that is the size of your shadowbox, in my case 8′ x 10″. The papers that I chose are from the Vanilla Noir pack by Quirky Twerp. Place the paper you want as the center of your design on your file as the background (bottom-most layer), for my design this is the cream paper.
Create an inverted heart shaped mask on it’s own layer above the cream paper. Place the damask black & cream paper above the mask and “clip” it to the mask. To clip layers, hover your mouse pointed between the layers in the layers palette and press Alt+click. Add styles to the mask layer to give it dimension. I added a drop shadow and a slight bevel. Add text to personalize.
Print out your design on high quality paper. I used Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper to print it in my inkjet printer. Set this aside while you create the flowers.
I created the rolled roses using the 2 red papers from the Vita Fortunata pack by Quirky Twerp and the Paper Roses templates by the Cutting Files. First I created double-side printed paper. Print one pattern paper from the paper kit on one side of an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of Double-sided Premium Presentation Matte paper. Re-load the paper in the printer for the other side and print a second patterned paper on the second side. Repeat this to create as many pieces of paper as needed for cutting your roses.
Run this piece of paper through your electronic cutter using the files from the Paper Rose templates, or use the PDF file to hand cut the rose templates. I chose to use the scalloped edge rose shape. Cut enough roses to edge the heart in your design. For my design, that required 16 roses.
Starting with the outer edge of the cut rose, roll each inward creating the flower. A small drop of hot glue at the bottom will hold the flower together. Repeat until you have created all of your roses. Set them aside.
Using a string of craft pearls, outline the heart design on your background paper. Use a mini glue dot that you have rolled really tiny to tack down every so often under the string of pearls. Using a hot glue gun, place a small dab of glue to adhere each rose around the inner edge of the heart.
Open the shadow box frame and remove the backing piece. Use a dry adhesive to attach your design to the background piece of the shadow box. I used a Humongo adhesive sheet that I trimmed to add around the edges and parts of the middle of my design. I love this adhesive for certain tasks. It is super sticky. So, if you use it be careful. Once you’ve stuck something down with it… it’s stuck!
Re insert the shadow box in to the frame and close it back up.
Here are some other views to show you the depth of this project
The second shadow box that I created used the same colors only I added pearls to the tips of the roses.
I hope this gets you inspired to create some wonderful gifts and home decor for bridal showers, weddings and anniversaries. We will have 2 weeks of wedding creations to share with you during our Hybrid Chick Wedding Shower, so be certain to come back and visit all the inspiring projects!
Other Articles by scrappycath:
- Card Caravan Challenge: Cheer - February 17th, 2013
- Card Caravan #33: Holiday Card - December 9th, 2012
- Card Caravan #28: 7 Things - September 30th, 2012
- Card Caravan 23: Ice Cream - July 22nd, 2012
- Card Caravan #19: Flowers - May 13th, 2012