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Merry Christmas Poinsettia Shadow Box Heirloom

December 19, 2020

Hi there Artlets!  It’s Suzanne here today with a fun little project!  We’re going to make a Christmas decoration from a shadow box filled with poinsettias! You’ll be able to keep it for years or give to someone who will treasure it!

Follow along and you’ll know how to make your own family heirloom.

Choose a deep (shadow box) frame. This one is small, just a 4×6”.  I wish I’d had a slightly bigger one which would have let more light into the flowers inside.  Keep that in mind when you choose your own frame!

I decided to mount the flowers on a piece of cork just to provide some interest between the flowers, but you could simply use red cardstock.  Cut it into the shape of the back panel of the frame. 

Draw a line on the backing you just made that will show you the edges of the frame which forms the support for the glass.  It will be smaller than the backing – at least it was with this frame.

Die cut the large poinsettia pieces from the Christmas Accents die set. You’ll just need the top two “petals”, not the green ones.  I cut enough for twelve poinsettias, but ended up needing fifteen, so make sure you have enough cardstock!

Blend Distress Ink on the edges of the poinsettia and then use a ball stylus to add dimension to the petals. 

Assemble the flowers.

Begin adding the flowers to your background.  I put the glass support in place just to give me extra guidance. Continue adding flowers till the background is filled.

Now assemble your frame following the frame instructions.  You will likely have to coax some of the poinsettia leaves inside the frame interior so they aren’t pinched when you put the back on the frame.

Die cut Merry Christmas 4 from Soft Finish Cardstock.  Apply adhesive (I like Glue Dots for this step) and adhere to the glass front on the frame.

Sweet decoration and a perfect gift!

Merry Christmas and Happy Creating!
Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Red cardstock
Gold cardstock
Shadow box frame
Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
Ink Blending tool
Glue Dots

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