Friday, August 6, 2010

Shadowbox Christmas Card

The other day I saw a beautiful The Nutcracker themed shadowbox card done by a member of Mo's Digital Pencil DT team and wanted to make one just like it. Since copying is a no-no, and I want to enter challenges, I had to come up with my own idea.

I've never made one of these before, but they are similar to the recessed window cards that I like, so it wasn't hard to do. You actually have much more room to work with in the shadowbox card than with the window cards. The only drawback for me is that I don't like how the top and bottom are just left open. Unfortunately if you want it to be flat for mailing you can't really cover it with a box top type of doohickey.

Anyway, on to the details. I made this with a few challenges in mind, one being Karen's Doodles #22 Anything Goes.
I've used two images by Karen's Doodles, Santa Waving and Bigsby Cookies.

The next challenge is Digital Tuesday Challenge #70, 2 Companies, 1 card.
For this you mixed more than one company's digital images. That would be the Karen's Doodles as company 1 and the fireplace and little girl on the sofa from Stitchy Bear Stamps as Company 2.
The couch is paper pieced, while everything else has been colored with Promarkers, Copic Spica Atyous and stickles.

The third challenge is at OSAAT and is a sketch OR use pink somewhere on the project. I chose to use pink for the pajamas and the pink snowflake embellie.

The last challenge is at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #70 Out of this World. I'm counting on Santa as being something "Out of this World" to qualify for this challenge.

I should mention that the tree is a rubber stamp (Rubber Hedgehog) that I stamped and scanned so that I could re-size it. I've been doing this quite a bit lately with some of my rubber stamps. The convenience of sizing digital stamps has spoiled me, so I stamp and scan some rubber stamps for the same advantage. Of course, I do not try to profit from stamps I use in this method, so I hope it's not too big of a no-no.

Bigsby's table is from Cricut French Manor cartridge, the nestie svg shape is from Penny Duncan Creations. DP is DCWV and the sentiment and snowflakes are from K&Co.

This was a lot of fun to make, and I can see myself making a few more of these in the near future.


  1. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week.

  2. WoW...what a fab card! I luv how you have Bigsby on the table munching on those yummy chocolate cookies...too cute! The scene you have created is just perfect. Thx for joining us at Karen's Doodles challenge. Good luck!


  3. Where did you purchase the tree stamp? I luv it!


  4. OMG! I love everething about it. Absolutely stunning job. Thank you for playing with us at OSAAT this week, and Good Luck.
    Hugs, Nataliya.

  5. Lori,
    The stamp is from It's quite small compared to how it was enlarged for this card.

  6. Thank you all for your lovely comments. :)

  7. Wow what a great card, love the way you can look into the card, and you are right Santa is out of this world! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week! Hugs Gemma

  8. Lovely fun card! Thank you for joining OSAAT's Sketch and/or use Pink Challenge this week.

  9. Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week.

  10. Wonderful card! I love this style and have done it a few times, it makes for a nice "wow" card when given to a non-cardmaker! :)
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamptacular Sunday! ♥ Good luck on our Out of this World challenge!
    Dee (Spryte)
    Sprytebyrds Spot

  11. What a lovely Christmas card, Simone:O) Fab design, love all the cute images.
    Thank you for joining Karen's Doodles, good luck!
    Hugs, Nancy;O)

  12. WOW!!! fantastic christmas card hun, who ever recieves this is gonna be blown away
    Thanks for sharing with us over at OSAAT this week
    hugs shell xx

  13. Yikes!! i'd say your card alone is out of this world!!! OMgoodness!! This is fantastic! I just love everything about it! So much work!!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Stamptacular this week!

  14. I love making these cards! So simple and yet such an impact for the person receiving it! Thought I'd share with you the secret that I came up with (because I, too, hated how the top/bottom was open. I just cut a rectangular piece of cardstock/card to match the card 1/2 inch larger than the opening is. Then, I score it in three places. 1/4" from the bottom and top and then exactly in the center. Once it's scored you can slip the edges in between the two layers of paper so you can't see it. Fold the middle score downwards so it folds in when the card is closed. Voila, the top is covered.

    Hope this helps and my directions didn't just confuse the heck out of you!

    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamptacular! Hope you'll join us again soon for some more challenge fun!


  15. Simone, this is just amazing! Amazing attention to detail, a wonderful blend of images and Santa and Bigsby are fabulous. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Karen's Doodles challenge blog.

  16. Santa, totally out of this world. I love all the detail on your card. Great image and fantastic coloring. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous card with us at SSC.
    Hugs xx

  17. Wauw in Denmark we say: I tak my hat of for you. When something is amazing....and your card is just that.
    Wauw so many wonderful details...and what hard work. I just looooooooove it.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Karens Doodles Challenge Blog this week.
    Good Luck.
    Dorte aka dot-scrap

  18. Hiya

    WOW this is absolutely fabulous, gorgeous colourwork and I love the folds, thanks for joining us at karens doodles


  19. Simone, this is just fantastic! Just brilliant! Thanks so much for playing with us at Karen's Doodles and good luck!
    hugs, Gini

    ps : I also have some blog candy on my blog that includes Karen's Doodles and a bunch of other yummy things.

  20. This is gorgeous! Love the images you used, the colors are perfect for christmas.
    So happy you joined us at the DTC!


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