Today I'm sharing my version of a very untraditional DIY Valentines home decor project. Hmmm how so? Well, this was created for my little Granddaughter's room. My first grandie is 7 months old and in this day of COVID-19, we have not gotten the opportunity to spend as much time with her as possible. Sadly, she moved 1000 miles away last week.
That is why this is a Valentines piece - made from my heart for my little loved one. Of course, the added spin to this is that I used some of my favorite chipboard pieces AND added a shaker (which I love making).
Scroll down and you can see the DIY tips and instructions for creating a home decor shadow box.
Here are the chipboard pieces used in this shadowbox: Creative Embellishments Star Shaker set and Girl Word Set. The Star shaker set was simply painted with cream acrylic paint. The chipboard words were embossed with Ivory Aged Embossing Enamel from Stampendous.
No shaker is complete without fabulous shaker mix. I used Buttons Galore's new Shaker Mix in a Cube- Spring Blooms. I added the mix to the shaker, obviously, but I also added it to the bottom of the shadow box using matte gel medium, such as Prima's Art Basics - Heavy Body Gel as an adhesive.
Tips and Techniques
The wood frame used for the shadowbox was really a tabletop home decor piece on clearance at Michaels. I am flipping it around and using the backside of the piece. The wood frame is perfect because I can add hardware or staple embellishments as desired. I cannot do that to plastic frames.
The angel is a Christmas ornament I bought at the end of the season and tossed into my stash.
As I mentioned, wood frames work the best for altering. I'm always on the lookout for wood pieces in the clearance sections. I attached the angel with a small eye hook that is easily screwed into the wood frame. I didn't even need a tool because the wood is soft enough to screw with my fingers.
Moving along, I decided to dab cream acrylic paint to the wood using a natural sea sponge. The sea sponge is my choice because it leaves a stippled look on the wood - not full coverage.
Here is a close up of the shadow box showing the details in the darling angel and the star shaker.
The paper used is Graphic 45's Princess Collection - unfortunately, a retired collection.
Thank you for stopping here today. Happy crafting.