For the box you will need:
- Three A4 pieces of strong chipboard or offcuts of matt board (from the framing shop)
- 3" square of any sort of paper or offcut of chipbord (its just a template piece)
- Focal image for center of your shadowbox shrine (about 3 1/2" square)
- 7 3/4" square piece of scrapbook paper or cardstock
- Beaded fringe
- Inkpad to age the edges of the tiles (I used Ranger Aged Paper but it depends on what colour theme you are using)
- Blending sponge
- Metal Ruler
- craft knife/Stanley knife
- assorted scrapbook papers, journal papers, embossed cardstock (I used cuttlebug folders on the sizzix) If you have old embossed wallpapers they are great use too
- Acrylic paint -(I used Jo Sonja Warm White)
- strong glue ( I used Elmers)
Our steps are (1) partially complete box (2) make tiles (3) complete box (4) add tiles to box front
Constructing the box frame
- Cut two pieces down to be a 7 3/4" square
- With your third piece cut it into 1 1/4" strips and put aside.
- Now take one of your 7 3/4" square pieces and rules a line from corner to corner to form a cross. Do the same with the smaller 3" square. Now place your 3" square on the larger piece and match up the lines.
- Once the lines are matched on the two pieces, your 3" square is perfectly in the middle. Draw a line, around the edges of the 3" square. Remove the 3" square and cut out the centre square with a craft knife or Stanley knife
- Take your 1 1/4" strips and cut to fit the sides of the inner square
- Do the same with the outer edges of your box with the remaining strips.
- Next up, take your smaller strips and glue them right up against the edge of the inner square. If you get beads of glue just run your finger along to smooth it out.
- Now repeat this step going around the other edge to form the box. You can't clamp here, just hold with your fingers till the glue grabs... make sure they are right up against the edges, it will alter the size and look of your box if they aren't butted smoothly
- Give it a few minutes to dry firmly and then give the inner and outer edges of the box with two coats of your acrylic paint. No need to paint the front as it will be totally covered with the tiles.
- Now you can put aside and we will start working on the tiles.
Making the Tiles
The simplest way to cut tiles to fit your board is to create at template in paper and then cut it down into separate tiles.. This works better than giving tile sizes to cut as if your first measurements weren't totally exact the whole size could be a fraction off.
To do this, lay your box on a piece of paper and trace around the outside edge, then the inner edge, cut this out, including the centre square, and you now have an exact replica of your box.
Now cut these into separate pieces, starting with a big square on each corner, then cut the middle sides into two pieces, cut the top and bottom into two and if you want square tiles like I have done, cut in half again.
when cutting the middle side bits, don't cut them straight down the middle, make one wider than the other.
Same for the middle top and bottom.. if you want squares or very close to it, cut it lengthwise to give you one 1 1/2" strip, then cut this in half to give you two squares.. they will either be 1 1/2" square or very close to it...the remaining long strip is the third tile.
If you number these, then glue the whole thing (numbered size uppermost) to your backing board before you cut it out, you have a 'plan' of how it goes back together....
Covering The Tiles
- Cover your tiles with your collected scrapbook papers, embossed paper or cardstock etc., Mix up how you cover them.. i.e don't do two pieces of the same size the same, make one embossed the other paper, then when you put it together you will have the various papers dispersed across the entire frame, and wont get caught with all paper one side and embossed on the other.
- Next, go around the edges with your inkpad and a sponge to soften them a little.
- Once you have made the tiles you can further embellish by adding bits of chipboard, flowers, buttons etc.,
- If your shadowbox is dry, glue your beaded fringe along the bottom (the tiles will cover the ribbon edge)
- Now lay out your tiles following the the numbered plan to fit them together. Trim any down that need it and glue to your shadow box.. if you find you have miscalculated and there is a small gap anywhere... fill it with a line of glue and pop some seed beads into the gap.
Completing the Box
- Take the remaining 7 3/4" piece, using the box as a template again, mark where the focal image needs to and glue down with gluestick. Last step is to turn the shadow box to the back and run a line of glue around the inner and outer edges and gently, but firmly press your back down.
- To make your "hanger" so it can go on the wall, take a scrap of acetate or cardstock about 1" x 2", punch a hole in the top for a hanger, and using a brad or strong glue, attach it the back top in the centre.
- To finish off the box, run a line of glue around the top edge of all your strips and place the remaining 7 3/4" square on top, (make sure your image is right side up! and press down firmly (but carefully vbg) for a minute or so till it grips. You can add a couple of large rubber bands to keep it all tight and in place while it dries
now that the box is dry... take your tiles and glue them down on at a time... then its ready to hang! :-)