Vintage Christmas Shadowbox

12/21/21 Featured Project at Little Red Wagon!
12/27/21 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges!
12/28/21 Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create!
1/2/22 Winner at 613 Avenue Create!
1/4/22 Top Pick at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenges!
1/13/22 Shoutout at River of Creativity!
1/14/22 Best Technique Winner at World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenge!

Hey, everybody! Welcome to another Monday closer to Christmas… it’s almost here! I hope you have all your Christmas crafting done or at least close to being done! I’m stoked to be back on the Clear Scraps blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! I created a shadowbox from our Small Rectangle Printer Tray Frame, and I can’t tell you how much fun this was! I added several strips of double-sided adhesive foam tape between each of the chipboard layers so the compartments were deep enough to accommodate the vintage Christmas elements. I bought all of these fun vintage items (wreath, mistletoe, wood ski and pole, Christmas lights, scarf and hat, shovel, and snowflake) several years ago along with a different kind of shadowbox, and the shadowbox turned out to be too small, so everything just sat in my stash… until now!


Using one of the chipboard layers as a template, I adhered different colors and patterns of vintage Christmas paper, a couple vintage photos and a piece of ephemera to the chipboard back, to be seen through the apertures from each compartment. I then separated the compartments by adding several strips of foam tape down and across the interior sections and around the outside edges, added a chipboard layer, and then added several more foam tape strips to the interior sections and around the outside edges. I repeated the process with the second chipboard layer and more foam tape strips.

I adhered strips of gray cardstock around the inside perimeter of each compartment for a clean finished look, and then adhered the vintage Christmas elements into the compartments with a hot glue gun, adding sequins and seed beads to the two compartments containing the vintage photos. I adhered the acrylic divider to the front after removing the protective film from the underside, and then turned my attention to the third chipboard layer.

I cut a frame for each aperture on the third chipboard layer so that about 1/8″ of gray cardstock shows around the opening and adhered them to the back side of the chipboard layer, and then adhered it to the front after removing the protective film from the front side of the acrylic divider. I adhered strips of gray cardstock with gray enamel dots around the outside edge to conceal the foam tape strips, chipboard layers and acrylic divider. To finish the shadowbox, I adhered a rosette to the front that I die cut from patterned paper and embellished with die cut numbers. Here are close-ups of each compartment:

And one more peek… I’m absolutely in love with this project! SO happy with how it turned out! These printer tray frames are so versatile and the sky is the limit with what you can create with them! <3


Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #12 – Anything Goes w/optional Any Holiday
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #12 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: #12 – Anything Goes
4. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #118 – Anything Goes
5. Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge: December Anything Goes
6. Let’s Craft and Create: #178 – Anything Goes + Vintage Feel
7. Little Red Wagon: #632 – Do They Know It’s Christmas
8. River of Creativity: #8 – Celebrate (Christmas)

9. Scrapping4fun Challenges: #207 – Christmas/Winter
10. Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #147 – Vintage Christmas/Vintage Event
11. Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog: End of Year Anything Goes Challenge
12. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #12 – Anything Goes

Clear Scraps products used:
Small Rectangle Printer Tray Frame

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: CutCardStock Basis Gray cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Red cardstock, Crafter’s Companion Vintage Christmas Collection paper pad
Dies/Punches: Sizzix Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower Thinlits, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Paper Rosette strip die
Accessories:  Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Fiskars 12″ SureCut Paper Trimmer, Scotch 3M foam tape, Bearly Art precision craft glue, vintage Christmas items from stash (wreath, mistletoe, wood ski and pole, Christmas lights, scarf and hat, shovel, and snowflake), Tim Holtz Festive Ephemera Pack, GKD gold cord, Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Sequins, Eyelet Outlet Gray Enamel Dots, Neat & Tangled Sequins, Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Seed Beads, hot glue gun

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get those craft supplies out to play! Be sure to check out all the amazing acrylic, wood and chipboard goodies at Clear Scraps… OMGoodness, you won’t be disappointed! And head on over to the Clear Scraps Facebook Page for lots of inspiration! And while you’re at it, join the Clear Scraps Facebook Creative Group to connect with other Clear Scraps fans! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Author: Leslie

I'm definitely what one could consider a crafting junkie! I love making cards, 3-D projects (especially paper shoes, mini albums and gift bags), mixed media projects, altering items, as well as occasional beading and making jewelry! Fortunately, hubby is very supportive! Life is good! :D

16 thoughts on “Vintage Christmas Shadowbox”

  1. Oh my goodness you have done a very professional job with this shadowbox/printers tray. The finish is so polished and precise. The finished result makes a fabulous decoration with all those wonderful Christmas/Winter themed elements. Thank you for adding to the flow at River of Creativity xx

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  2. What a super shadow box Leslie, each element offers seasonal interest and it’s perfect for our theme at River of Creativity, thanks so much for sharing.

    B x

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  3. What an awesome work of art to treasure forever!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Merry Christmas!
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

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  4. Stunning! Love your idea of shadow box. Elements are perfect for the season. Thanks for linking up with us at 613 Avenue Create. DT Vesna

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  5. Simply beautiful! The knitted scarf and cap are so cute and the skis really top it off! Great composition and fabulous color integration throughout. The background papers are so beautifully coordinated.

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  6. LOVE, LOVE your shadow box, Leslie! You captured the magic of winter. Thank you for sharing your handsome yet inspirational creation with us at Jan’s Digi Blog Challenge. Great Job! We offer a NEW challenge each month and hope to see you there! Good Luck and Happy New Year!
    Hugs,
    Jan
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan’s Digi Stamp Shop)

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