Hello arty- crafty people,
This is Manasa Priya here bringing you some inspiration for this month’s Blog Challenge at Itsy Bitsy. It’s all about home decor this month! Just allow your imagination to fly and create what you wish.
I made this shadow box that can just be placed on a desk or can be hung on a wall with some of your memorable travel memories!
For this project, I chose to a 12/12″ wooden shadow box frame with an option to interchange what’s inside, so that we can regularly change the themes. Isn’t that cool?
Now, the parts of the frames can be easily dismantled and I chose to paint the frame in white. For this, I used the beautiful Snow White chalk paint and distressed it a little by simply sanding once it was dry. Varnished the entire thing with Little Birdie Decor Varnish in the end.
Now it was time to get into what goes into the box. I chose this beautiful scrapbooking paper from the store to go with my travel theme.
#Tip: To get a rough idea and to play around with your pictures, check placements, arrangements etc. before you actually use the final image. That way the photos remain cleaner and less worked.
Using the archival inks and this beautiful heart script stamp, I made a little background and stencilled the script using Little Birdie 2 in 1 Mixed Media Paste to add a little texture.
Once everything was dry, I used various shades of Color Splash and Alcohol Splash to create a fun background. Added some splatters using a brush as well.
Now that we have a background, let’s go ahead adding the photos using double sided tape. I added few other randomly fussy cut elements, Little Birdie flowers, stickers, glitter etc. to add some interest.
Once the frame was dry, I decided to add a little sparkle with the beautiful Monte Marte Gold Leaf sheets. I took a little leafing size and used it with a gilding brush. I added leafing size and and stencil randomly on the frame. Allowed the leafing size to become little tacky before I added the gold leaf and removed the excess away. This instantly adds a vintage and distressed look to the project. I absolutely love using the leafing technique.
I did the same leafing over the edges and sides.
And there you go! My beautiful shadow box loaded with travel memories is all ready to adorn my home.
Here is one more close shot of the finished layout. I hope you enjoyed looking into this project and learned some new techniques.
Until next time.. ❤
Please find the list of all products used in this project