Shadow Box Card Swing…

Over the years (too many to mention) I have made more boxes and 3-D items than I can count.  But never a “shadow box card”…

Here’s my first one…


This is one of those projects you can get lost in…once the box is made, it’s all play time.

The inside of this card is 4 1/2″ square and was made with a 12″ square piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock.  The scoring is fairly simple, but the cutting of the corners need more attention.  I watched this YouTube video to be sure the corners were cut correctly.  Once you have made one…you too will want to make more.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  12″ square Crumb Cake Cardstock, plus Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach
  • Stamps: Sitting Here
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Itty Bitty Flower Punches, Bird Punch (leaves)


  • For your reference here are the score lines for all four sides of the 12″ cardstock piece:  3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″ and 3″.
  • Once you have all these score lines in go back and score one side at the 3 3/4″ mark down to the second score line, turn 180 degrees and repeat these two score lines.
  • Watch the video about trimming all four corners and then burnish all score lines well with your bone folder.
  • Add your Fast Fuze or Tear Tape and begin folding your frame.
  • Cut a background for your frame (I used Very Vanilla cardstock here).  Do your stamping with the swing, color with Aqua Painter and Crumb Cake ink in pad lid.  Add shadows under the swing.  Now place inside your frame and enjoy decorating with the flowers, pillows and kitty or dog.  All of these pieces were stamped on Thick Whisper White, colored with markers and “fussy cut”.  Dry emboss on your sponge mat with a rounded pen or maybe the larger end of score tool to get dimension for each piece.  Add with Dimensionals.
  • All the flowers were punched and placed on mat.  I used smooth end of Piercing Tool to push in centers to give dimension and a journaling pen to add dots to centers.  Punch stems and leaves with Bird Punch from Mint Macaroon cardstock.  Lay stems down with dots of Tombow glue first.  Then add flowers with glue dots.  Add a couple of stems on the outside top right corner the same way.
  • The flower pot was added to the front of the frame with glue dots after dry embossing from back.

My little mind is very busy imagining these shadow frames for the holidays in various sizes.  What a nice gift that would make too!  Oh! what about a wedding or new baby?  Ahhh…it is maddening.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did making it…I see many of these in my future!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


But she still got the prince!

Are you HaPpY?…get inky!




  1. Really cute. I had to make one last night. Only the frame/box but haven’t decorated it you

    • That’s the most fun part…can’t wait to see what you create. Post it up on the “Bud” sight…B!