Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Under the Sea - Shadow Box Card

"Under the Sea. Under the sea. Darling, it's better, down where it's wetter...under the sea." That's what I sing every time I think of this digi and now you will too. You're welcome.  :)

Before we jump into the finished card, let's look at the parts in the digi set, Under the Sea, used in this card. Prismacolor pencils were used to bring each digi to life. I've been practicing with my prismacolor blending and here are the pencil combos used.

 Purple fish

 Red-Orange fish




Blue fish

Okay, now that we've got the underwater world created, let's move to the card. Have you made a shadow box card? I hadn't and it's so fun! And, way easier than you'd think too. Check it out.

It's an A2 card. This one opens on the horizontal. Take an 8-1/2" X 11" piece of cardstock and cut it in half lengthwise so the two halves are cut 4-1/4" X 11". You will need both pieces. With the first piece, score at 5-1/2" The front is simple because the inside is the focal point of this card. I had printed some extra fish so colored the same as their inside counterparts and layered them over some corrugated cardstock cut to mimic sand.

Let's stop and make the shadow box. Here are a few pictures to hopefully clarify the explanation. Let's go back to the card base that we just scored at 5-1/2". Cut 1/2" off of the back. The front will be 5-1/2" X 4-1/4" and now the back of that card base is 5" X 4-1/4'. Adhere your scene to the inside of the card.

Now, take the 2nd piece and score at 1/2", 5-1/2" and 6". Trim just a sliver off of the 1/2 flap. This will help with assembly. Pick whatever die cut window you want that will best show off your scene and cut the section by the 1/2" flap. I needed a big window for my scene but you could have a small window if you just want to spotlight a small image.

Use a strong double-sided adhesive and place on the half inch flap. (I would normally put two strips of tape but this is just a sample so didn't want to waste.) Lay that inside the card with the flap edge against the center scoreline and close the card. you now have it attached inside. Now that it's attached in the center, you just have to turn over the card and attach the back. Put adhesive on the back of the cardstock base (again, I'd use more adhesive if it weren't a sample) and fold the flap in place. Your shadow box is now complete.

It may seem like a lot of steps but you'll see that it goes together really quickly. It will take you way longer to color your scene. :)

Let's set up the inside by looking at the front again.

And, here's the inside:

Isn't this fun! The card folds flat but you open it up and voila! A shadow box!! And, the best part since it folds flat, it won't cost any more to go through the mail because nothing is popped up inside. The purple fish in the lower left corner is glued to the frame so it gives the illusion of being popped up and the rest is a flat image inside the box. I think getting a shadow box card in the mail would brighten anyone's day so give it a try.

By the way, the scene was created in Microsoft Word. I inserted each digi as a picture file, sized it to how I wanted it and kept adding digis until the scene was complete. No special software needed. All of these images were in one $1.49 digi set, Under the Sea! I didn't even use them all. What a bargain!!! Check out all the great digis at Pickled Potpourri Designs!

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Have an awesome day!


  1. Such a fun card Seleise! The Under the Sea stamps are perfect for this style of card! Thanks for sharing the colors you used to color the images. I need to use my colored pencils more.

    1. Thanks, Stacy. I started taking some online coloring classes and they've opened my eyes to all the possibilities with colored pencils. Happy to share!


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