Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tutorial: Make a shadow box with Silhouette Cameo

I saw the new shadow box shapes in the Silhouette Store, and I of course I had to get them! But, then I was thinking, that I really wanted was something that could easily sit on an easel or better yet fit inside my Scrapbook Album.


So I made my own, it was really fun and easy. 

What I used for this project

4 sheets for frame- Miss Caroline - Home Country
Background Papers -Dear Lizzy Neapolitan
Dear Lizzy - Neapolitan Chipboard Shapes
Provo Craft Rob & Bob Studio Paper Stickers-Miss Bliss
Shabby Chic Resin Treasures-Large Birdhouses 1.5"-2.75"
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Epson Artisan 1430 Wireless Wide-format Color Inkjet Printer (C11CB53201)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
450 Quick Dry Adhesive By Helmar
WP Pom Pom Ribbon

From the Silhouette Store


1. In Silhouette Studio software adjust the grid to .33, this spacing helps align all the open rectangles for the shadow box, creating a 1/3" frame around everything. For the outside I left a 2/3" frame for added sturdiness. (But I think 1/3" would be fine too.)

2. Begin adding rectangles in any configuration, carefully lining them up along the grid lines. I like to fill mine with color to get a better feel for the design. Here's my final design. 
3. Next, I cut 4 12 x 12" pieces of Miss Caroline "Country Home" paper. You can use 3 sheets of plain cardstock and one sheet of patterned too. (it really doesn't show much.) . After cutting I added a bunch for foam tape all the way around each layer and carefully lines them up stacking them 4 layers high. (you could do more if you wanted, but this will definitely fit in my page protectors inside my scrapbook album.
4. Using all the rectangle dimensions from my grid I cut the background paper slightly larger for the back of the shadow box. (The other way to so this is to cut them the same size using the Silhouette, and glue a backing on the the frame.then you can drop them inside.)
4. Begin adding photos and embellishments to each box.

That's it! I hope you give this a try and leave me a link to your finished projects in the comments.
 I love to see what you're making too!


  1. That is adorable! I love it!

  2. This is beautiful and a great idea. Love the way you have embellished each box with cuts and stcikers and trimmings and I think I even see magic mesh in there. Lovely. TFS.

  3. Fantastic idea, Lisa....but ALWAYS have fantastic ideas!! Thanks for sharing this design :)

  4. This is fabulous Lisa! I don't have a wide format printer but I could definitely use the cut file for a smaller book. You are SO talented!


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