We had a splendid weekend starting with June, David, Josh and Sam arriving from Ashbourne, and with two sorts of delicious cake, Thank you again for taking a detour to come to see us and of course Jack & Bru where really pleased to see other humans and Nell and Neb their collies.
After that it was back to work and it was such hard work lol....
I just loved the Kaisercraft Shadow Box Drawers when they arrived into stock, and knew that I just had to make one :)
I choose to use Graphic 45 papers the Christmas Emporium range, I only needed to use 3 sheets of paper which were, Happy Holidays, Christmas Emporium and Special Delivery. They are a super weight and don't buckle under the glue.
It's a good idea to assemble the box before gluing. I did use wood glue in the end but you can use which ever is your favourite.
Next I glued all the little boxes with glossy accents. It does need a few minutes to grab so here's a photo of me multi tasking. Holding one closed while gluing the next (and listening to a audio book).
I made a template out of plastic packaging for the shape of the drawer fronts, so I could see what the picture was like before I traced it and cut it out.
Here are the drawer fronts before gluing to see if I was happy with the one's I had chosen?
Here's Jamie doing his bit.
I inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage photo this seems to bring everything together at the end.
Enough sitting down, time to stand up, oh what a surprise a football waiting for me, thank you Bru.
It was difficult to decide on the colour to paint the main box, because I wanted the same tone as the paper, so after three brown's the top coat is Claudine Hellmuth's Sable Brown.
Side pieces distressed with Walnut Stain Ink.
And here it is all assembled.
It will properly be filled with chocolates and I'm not sure whether to number the boxes 1 to 25 or if it will be pot luck if you get a chocolate or not.
I just had another thought you could decorate the back of the little individual boxes and have a spare centre picture and change the whole look of it so you could use it all year round. Remember a Shadow box isn't just for Christmas.
Sorry but I thought it was too early to decorate the Christmas trees. They are gorgeous from Tim Holtz's Idea-olgy range, if you want some don't leave it too long because they are flying out.
You can also get the little buckets and terracotta plant pots from us check out Route 52.
Thank you for looking in and I hope this inspires you to have a go, This Shadow box with be one of these items that gets unpacked year after year. It could even become a family heirloom!