Thursday 1 October 2015

You Bewitch Me - That Craft Place - Shadow Box

Good morning!  It is time for a new challenge over at the
That Craft Place challenge blog

This fortnight the theme is

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I used the following materials:
THAT CRAFT PLACE MDF / GREYBOARD: MDF 8" x 8" Shadow Box, MDF Labels, MDF Spider's Web, MDF Corner Flourish, Greyboard Padlock, Greyboard Bones.

MEDIUMS USED: Black Gesso, White Gesso, Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs), Mod Podge Matte, Americana Triple Thick, Crackle Accents, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics (Quinacridone Gold), Collall Silicone Glue Gel.

OTHER PRODUCTS USED: Graphic45 8" Paper Pad (Rare Oddities), Black Textured Cardstock, Mini Screw Top Bottles, Metal Charms, Brads, Acetate.

All products above available from That Craft Place.

ANYTHING ELSE: Chain from my local DIY, Food Colouring, Black Feather, Unused Canvas Corner Wedges, Tonic Edge Punch, Black Sharpie.
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Here are some more photos & a bit of info!

The depth of these shadow boxes is perfect! Just over an inch deep inside, so just right for filling with all kinds of goodies.  All the papers on this project came from one Graphic45 pad, with plenty to spare.

I took this photo at night under a desk lamp to show the shadows cast by the various elements!
Hidden up on the top shelf are tiny potion bottles that I fussy cut from the Graphic45 pad and coated with Americana Triple Thick.  There are other potion bottles and trinkets dotted elsewhere round the project. I also used dots of the Triple Thick for the owls eyes, which cut from the same paper pad.  The little MDF label was painted with black Gesso before sponging lightly with white Gesso. I then finished it with a coat of Quinacridone Gold paint by DecoArt.
The ghosts on this project were cut from acetate and coated with Crackle Accents. I got this idea, and the tiny books which are further down, from Anne's Paper Creations which I've linked to at the end of this post.

I painted the MDF Spider's web with black Gesso and added Triple Thick to the spider.  The label was also painted with black Gesso before gluing one of the quotes from the paper pad to it.  I mounted some of the fussy cut pieces on card for extra strength, and the skeleton is one of the pieces I did that with.  

I attached this little mini book with a bread to the end of a short length of chain. I also added a Greyboard Padlock to which I had done the same technique as on the MDF label mentioned previously (I also used the same technique for the metal charms and bottle lids).

The above 2 photos show in more detail the mini books and potion bottles (filled with red and green diluted food colouring).  As with the other black areas, the corner flourish was painted with black Gesso.

Patterned paper from the same pad around the edges of the box add a bit more interest! I waited to choose these papers until the end so that I didn't inadvertently use a paper I wish I'd saved for the front!

I covered the back of the box with textured black cardstock and added a second piece that I had punched using a Tonic edge punch. I finished off with more papers and a mini booklet which is blank inside.

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Before I  leave, I want to share with you this fabulous creation by Anne's Paper Creations!  I took inspiration from this piece when creating mine.  Watch the video and you'll see all the intricate details in Anne's configuration box!...

Thank you as always for popping by, I hope you enjoyed looking at this creation as well as reading the thought process behind it.

Myself and the other That Craft Place DT very much look forward to seeing your creations!
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  1. Wow, really fantastic, such beautiful spooky details, what a wonderful inspiration!!

  2. Hi Sam, just popped by to tell you what a brilliant piece this is. I love how you've used the G45 papers and all the gorgeous things you made to go inside. I could look at this forever. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x

  3. Brilliant project and love the little spell bottles

  4. Hi Sam, I so love this shadow box!! Love how you have done those ghosts ..... what a fab idea.
    I have yet to try those little book instructions :-)
    Big Hugs Amanda xx

  5. WOW! What a fabulous project-amazing work :)
    Nessa xxx


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