Greeting Card Shadow Box
Make your greeting cards three-dimensional with these step-by-step instructions.
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Project by Suzanne Karlson from Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Suzanne’s ornate, three-dimensional greeting cards are such works of art that they should be framed. So, that’s exactly why this delightful and talented single mom recently started displaying her favorite creations in shadow boxes.
card stock with printed border
foam core board
Chris Karlson custom shadow box frame
computer and printer
1. Draw design on watercolor paper using watercolor pencils.
2. Using razor blade, carve out parts of drawing so it’s raised off the paper. You will be creating a relief of the drawing.
3. Scan image into computer. Edit in art program to adjust colors and any other manipulations.
4. Print out image on card stock.
5. Apply glitter and any other embellishments. Let dry.
6. Cut image down to size. Mount on a larger piece of card stock using raised glue dots or foam tape.
7. Next, mount piece on Japanese rice paper. Again, using raised mountings.
8. Glue or raise mount a piece of foam core to the rice paper.
9. Mount entire piece inside custom-built shadow box.
For shadowboxes: www.chriskarlson.com
Sally Smith combines her sewing skills with photography for an unusual hand-sewn greeting card.