I’m back for another round of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop, and I’m so excited about this project. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the 3-D cube by Karen Burniston at first, but I eagerly accepted the challenge. I knew there was something wonderful that could be done with it. Sometimes the obvious escapes me, and it was designer (and my friend) Holli who suggested that I do a little holiday shadowbox ornament. Thanks Holli, I owe you one.
Gather These Supplies
- Sizzix Bigz XL Die – Cube, Twist 3-D by Karen Burniston
- Sizzix Big Shot die cutter
- Black cardstock, 1 sheet
- Mod Podge Silver Shimmer
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Ocean Cruise, Winter White
- Paper Mache box, approximately 2.5 – 2.75″ square
- Mini-Christmas ornaments – I bought mine in a set
- Silver Ribbon, 1 yard
- Bo Bunny red brads (you could use buttons too)
- White stuffing for fake snow
- Craft Glue
- Craft Knife
Assemble the cube according to the instructions. Karen Burniston, who designed the die, is very kind and made a video that you can find here. I left the back of the cube open.
Completely coat the outside of the cube with Mod Podge Silver Shimmer. I put on about three coats so that it would be very shimmer-y. I’m all about bling these days. What’s come over me?
Take the lid off of the paper mache box – you won’t need it for this project (but save it for another). The inside of the box is going to hold everything, so paint it with a winter scene. I used both FolkArt colors to make my sky and snow. Allow to dry.
Use the end of your paintbrush to make dots for falling snow. Allow to dry.
Choose which side of the cube is going to be the front. If you use Karen’s die it includes a pre-cut hole, so that needs to be on the top. Use your craft knife to cut out a window in the front. Cut carefully and slowly; use scissors to trim up if necessary.
Time to go glue crazy, which is the best kind of crazy to be! Insert the box into the back of the ornament and glue to the front. Glue the snow into your scene, and then use the silver ribbon to outline the “window.” You’ll see I used a toothpick to apply the glue because I needed such a thin strip.
After you are done gluing, make sure that you have inserted some silver ribbon through the hole in the top of the cube so that it will hang like an ornament. Glue to secure. You are done working inside the cube, so you can now glue the back flaps closed. Don’t you feel like you just completed major surgery?
Here’s my cute little ornament tray (along with a paint mess and my camera lens cover). I chose a few characters and a tree and snipped off the hangers.
Glue your miniatures into the shadowbox. I used a toothpick again. Suddenly I love gluing with toothpicks.
To finish your shadowbox, add either brads or buttons to the corners with craft glue. You don’t need a toothpick this time, but you are welcome to use one if you would like.
Thanks for swinging by and seeing my shadowbox. I had a blast. Visit me next Thursday for more Sizzix fun.