Good morning! As always, I’ve left my JAI post until the last minute. It’s been a busy week but who can resist a challenge that’s all about butterflies?
I had initially planned to do a framed Monarch butterfly (think the “Kodak” orange & black butterfly) using a shadow box frame border.
But, when I was Googling instructions for making a shadow box frame, I came across Dawn’s version of a shadow box and totally changed tack.
This shadow box is super simple, very easy & a big wow! You can decorate the ‘box’ however you like. The scoring on each end makes it stand up for display, but it squashes flat for putting into an envelope.
Did you know that the two sets of butterfly framelits/thinlits coordinate with each other, giving you an intricate butterfly and a solid butterfly in the same size. This is the small size.
I adapted Dawn’s measurements to suit Australian card front size.
To make a shadow box:
- Cut two pieces of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (I also cut a piece of DSP slightly smaller than the back piece – 4″x 5-3/4″ and adhered it to the back piece before scoring)
- Score each piece of cardstock 1/2″ & 1″ from each short side
- Cut a shape from the middle of the front piece of cardstock using a framelit of your choice (I used a circle)
- Fold your front & back pieces so they sit out from the middle (Dawn’s video shows this well)
- Using a strong adhesive such as Fast Fuse, stick together the ends of the card
- Decorate using your favourite SU! products.
I hope you’ll make one of these cards. They were amazingly easy and look magnificent! If you’ve got some time to craft today, you may also want to play along with JAI 272. Butterflies are very popular right now and make a great theme for cards. Kelly x