Friday, March 1, 2013

Vintage shadow box

Along the lines of Karen's shadow box tag that I shared previously, the EverythingWendyVecchi Yahoo group chose this same theme for their latest challenge.  Using Studio 490 stamps was the only other requirement.  Now a shadow box can be made from most anything.  Here I've created one using Wendy's Large Square Art Parts.  I needed more depth than just the frame would allow so I built up a frame using chipboard strips.  This and the back were wrapped with a sheet of Tim's card stock from the Vintage tablet.  It was perfect because it had a sewing theme on it - what luck!

I also glued on the scalloped borders from the Scallop Trim Art parts.  Matte Medium worked very well for this but I also added a strip of cardstock as reinforcement.

From Claudine Hellmuth (CH) I wrinkled and colored a piece of sticky back canvas using distress inks and Claudine's acrylic paints.

The Women's Measuring Ticket (Just Sew Artsy) was stamped in Jet Black Archival on cream colored bond paper.  The notebook edge was created using Tim's new on the edge die - love this!  The edges were distressed using brown and black distress inks.  One of Tim's mini paper clips was added to the top.  His snap and tiny hanger are also at the top of the shadowbox.

On grunge paper I painted CH Modern Red acrylic paint.  Over this I stamped Wendy's new background stamp (Heirloom Art) using the white acrylic paint dabber.  This was heat set before I colored the flower centers using more CH bright yellow paint.  Heat set again image before stamping the garments (Fashion Style and Art) in JBAI to avoid any bleeding.  To tone down the birghtness of the colors I smeared brown distress stain over them - yes!  The images were cut out and layered with foam tape for dimension.

On a scrap of muslin I stamped the label (Art By Hand) using Vermillion Archival Ink.  Once cut out I pulled threads on all four sides to instantly age it.  Further aging was done by misting the label then running brown distress stains along the edges.  Crumple, let dry.

The thimble and scissors art parts (Tools for Art) were covered using the silver paint dabber then overstamped in JBAI.  One of Tim's tiny fasteners replaces the screw on the stamped image - adds a bit of realism to the scissors, I think.  A bit of brown distress ink was added to both pieces for more age.

The frame and scallop trim were covered (not carefully) in Brushed Corduroy Distress Crackle Paint; dried,  then smeared with a bit of CH acrylic paint, brown and black distress stains.  Love, love, love this look!  The button holes (Just Sew Artsy) were stamped in JBAI...rather a perfect fit, don't you think?

The frame looked kind of bare so the thimble was added to the lower corner using Matte Medium (love that stuff!).  Across the top I threaded some old buttons.  Normally I wouldn't use an even number but with the thimble the odd number is created visually.

The last touch was adding the word 'vintage' from Wendy's new Classic Words stencil using her new black embossing paste.

I'm delighted to add this piece to the wall above my sewing machine. 

I did photo this piece before I added the acrylic window (cut from leftover packaging) to cut down on the camera and light glare and to avoid having my reflection show within the frame.


  1. What a great addition to your sewing space!! Very cool!

  2. what an adorable art. I love everything about it!
    well done!

  3. oh how cute. this is very vintage looking ..wonderful art susan

  4. Wow, you did a great job on this one!

  5. AWESOME!!! Love the stuff in there too! Totally fabulous Susan! Kudos, and so cool that you are our inspiration for the challenge!!!

  6. A truly beautiful piece of art - love it.

  7. Susan...yes, my dear! You and I have a love for that new background stamp! I see it on your skirt and blouse on this adorable piece! Love your design and the vintage colors you've used. It's really a neat piece! Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog, too!!! You're always so kind. I always feel pressure to create something cool with Wendy's products because all of your Wendy gals are always so creative and genius at using her stuff!!! <3 Candy

  8. Beautiful! Love the way you stamped the word across the two parts.

  9. Wow, I love your shadow box.Love the dresses and finish on the outside of your box. I Found you through the Wendy Vecchi Yahoo group. I just joined within the month but haven't participated in any challenges, yet. Have a great day!