Sunday, November 17, 2019

Rita Barakat Designs: Dream Shadow Box with Handmade Christmas Hop


Tucked away in the deep corner of my closet, I spied a unique shadow box and knew I wanted to create a gift out of it :) Welcome to Handmade Christmas Hop with Rita Barakat! I am thrilled to be participating with other talented designers. My DREAM Shadow Box is full of different techniques and fun materials. There is a giveaway (hint: $40 spendable at Amazon!!) and a look at her NEW Next Collection so read till the end of the post!

**I receive products from Rita Barakat Designs, Plaid®, Aladine Creations, Spellbinders® Paper Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**

DREAM Shadow Box

Shadow Box Basics

Using a 6 x 14-inch shadow box, I painted an evening background with a combination of FolkArt® Acrylic Colors - Pure Black, FolkArt® Acrylic Color - Titanium White and Apple Barrel® Acrylic Color - Concord Grape. Cover and color until you get your desired look.

Up in the Cloud

Roll out the Hearty Super Lightweight Modeling Clay to a flat oval to cover the Zen Doodle Cloud Foam Stamp design. Press the stamp into the clay for an impression.

Carefully lift up from the clay. Let dry. Usually, it takes 24 hours to air dry but the weekend I made this, there were a lot of rainstorms. So I gave it a couple of days to dry.

Once completely dried, I trim off the excess edges with scissors and painted the cloud with FolkArt® Acrylic Color - Titanium White. Let the paint dry.

Next, I wanted to give the cloud a little extra so I added White Pearl Izink 3D Texture Paste for a subtle shimmer. Hard to picture but it's perfect!

Shimmery Stars

Since I had the White Pearl Izink 3D Texture Paste out, I stenciled a few stars to the background in a couple of random areas to tie into the shimmery cloud.

DIY Shaker Box

For something different, I thought I'd add a clear "box" full of fun little magical trinkets (think like a shaker). But odd-shaped boxes are hard to come by so I made a lid out of acetate to solve my problem.

Cut a 6 1/8 x 4-inch from a clear piece of acetate and score 1/2-inch on each side. Cut a tab from each corner, up to the intersecting scored line. Adhere Adhesives Dots SM on each tab to make a lid.

Fill with little magical trinkets such as clear facet beads, tinsel trim, and colored shape sequins. Add an Adhesive Line to each side and bottom of the lid. Carefully adhering the lid (open side facing down onto the shadow box) to the bottom of the box.

Adding on the Glitz

I had this wonderful FolkArt® Glitterific™ Acrylic Paint - Black Opal that was PERFECT for this project. It brings fabulous sparkly to a couple of areas, including the cloud shape. Spread with a palette knife and let dry.

Adhering the Main Parts

Apply Adhesive Dots 3D on the back top and sides of the cloud shape and place it on the top section of the shadow box.

Cut and place leftover pieces from 3D Foam Creative Sheet Small White (used in past projects) on the back of the "Over the Moon" die cut from The Veil of the Fairies Die Cut Collection. Adhere to the shadow box.

Color two Mini Stars Canvas Die Cuts. One with Apple Barrel® Acrylic Color - Concord Grape and FolkArt® Glitterific™ Acrylic Paint - Black Opal. The other with two coats of White Pearl Izink 3D Texture Paste. Adhere each Mini Star with Adhesive Dots 3D onto the box.

Take on the Dream

Die-cut the word "DREAM" with 3D Foam Creative Sheet Small Black, remove the bottom liner and center onto the clear box. Then remove the top liner, place the purple foil from the Metallic Transfer Foil Sheets in Variety Colors (COLOR SIDE UP) on top and rub with your finger to transfer the color. Remove the backing and place the letters on top of the shaker box.

On the sides of this shadow box, there are strips of adhesive to add extra embellishments like ribbon. I took advantage of this and foiled the sides with Metallic Transfer Foil Sheets in Variety Colors in purple. It was so easy. Just starting from the bottom, working around the box until covered.

To tie in with the purple foil, I added three of the smallest 3D Foam Stars shapes to the box for extra accents. NOW it's ready to be hung!

Here are a couple of close-ups of the finished project.

You made it this far - THANK YOU!! I hope that this inspires you to create a HANDMADE CHRISTMAS gift this year. What will you be making? Let me know in the comments :)

Keep scrolling down for Rita's NEW Next Collection, blog hop list and prize entry details!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Creative Time: 60 minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials Needed
Rita Barakat Designs

Zen Doodle Cloud Foam Stamp
The Veil of the Fairies Die Cut Collection
Mini Stars Canvas Die Cuts Set

Plaid® Enterprises, Inc.
FolkArt® Acrylic Colors - Pure Black
FolkArt® Acrylic Color - Titanium White
Apple Barrel® Acrylic Color - Concord Grape
FolkArt® Glitterific™ Acrylic Paint - Black Opal
Color by Me™ Brush Set

Aladine Creations
White Pearl Izink 3D Texture Paste
Flag Stencil

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
Adhesive Dots Small
Adhesive Dots 3D
Adhesive Lines
3D Foam Creative Sheets Small Black
3D Foam Creative Sheets Small White
Metallic Transfer Foil Sheets in Variety Colors
3D Foam Stars

Activa® Products
Hearty Super Lightweight Modeling Clay, White

Scoring Tool: Scor-Pal; Craft Die, Stylus and Die-Cutting Machine: Spellbinders® Paper Arts (Type-Oh! Contour™ Steel Rule Die, Tool in One™ and Platinum™ Machine); Craft Mat: Heidi Swapp; Holiday Picks; Sequins; Scissors

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CLICK: NEW Next Collection by Rita Barakat!!!

Giveaway Details

For a chance to enter the giveaway of a $40 Gift Certificate to Amazon, simply do the following:
  1. Subscribe to Rita Barakat Art Newsletter.
  2. Visit all the participating designer blogs and leave a comment on each (list below).
  3. Follow Rita Barakat Art Instagram.
  4. Let Rita know that you did all of the above in the comments in her blog post!
Rita will announce the winner during her November 25th Mixed Media Monday at 8PM Central Time on her Rita Barakat FaceBook Page. Make sure to join her page to view. Good Luck!

Your next stop is Cheryl Boglioli.

Participating designers:

Margie Higuchi (You are Here!)



Lori m said...

Fantastic, love all the elements you've made for your shadow box, hugs, Lori m

Amy said...

This is fantastic! I've only recently begun considering creating something more art like with me stamps and supplies- this is just the inspiration I've needed!

Unknown said...

That is so cute! Thanks for the inspiration! —Becky B

Celeste Goff said...

Oh my gosh Margie, you worked hard on this and it shows! It's just gorgeous!

sharon g said...

The black and purple background looks wonderful. And the fairy is so cute!!! I love this project. I have a lot of paints, including the ones you used, so I should try that out.

Jean said...

So many gorgeous details! What a stunning background!

Texas MaryG said...

What a cute idea! Love this!

Andre M. said...

Fantastic project, lots of detail work involved and the result is lovely. I'll be working on collages with the girls in our Scout group in a few weeks.

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love your beautiful shadow box. You certainly put lots of work into it but it is so worth it as the final design is fantastic!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful details and textures on your shadow box project! I especially love the design on the cloud! Love your creation!

Buzz4Mommies said...

The colors are so amazing!!

Renee said...

Margie, your dream box is simply gorgeous. All of the colors and the design you created are such a delight!

Renee said...

Margie, I forgot to mention that I subscribe to Rita's fantastic newsletter!

MadeByMeghanK said...

OMG! The way you did the sky and clouds is amazing! I will be making cards for people for Christmas! But if I have time, I definitely want to try this!