The Beautiful You stamp set has so many wonderful sentiments that beg to be looked at on a daily basis. These shadow boxes are so cute and easy to make. The shadow boxes are 6 x 6 and were purchased at a local craft store. I made these two shadow boxes for a dear friend of mine. I started with a 6×6 piece of the Pop of Pink Designer Series paper for the base. I then cut a smaller square out of the Shimmery White cardstock and used Basic Black cardstock to frame the white. When planning out my shadow box I sketched out a design first on scratch paper to see where I was going to stamp my image and sentiment. Once I have figured out spacing, I stamped the image with the Basic Black Archival ink. What is the Basic Black Archival ink? It’s an ink that is solvent based, not water based which makes it perfect for water coloring. Memento Ink is water based and will smear if you try to use the aqua painters, the blender pens or the watercolor pencils with it.
Once my stamping was done, I colored it in with the Melon Mambo watercolor pencil and aqua painter. After it completely dried, I covered it with Wink of Stella. Wink of Stella is my most used tool, I find myself reaching for it on almost all my cards. Who doesn’t love a little bling? Speaking of bling, I did add a strip of Silver Glimmer paper to one of the edges of the square to give it a little more interest. The trick with the glimmer paper is that using just thin strip goes a long way.
The final touch was adding some flowers, I used the Pansy flower punch and the Petite Petals punch. The Pansy flower was punched with Melon Mambo Cardstock and the smaller flower is Pink Pirouette, I sponged the edges with Melon Mambo and curled them with the bone folder tool. The small black flowers were from a retired punch, Itty Bitty accents. Then, more bling in the center with a rhinestone. Here are some close ups of the frames so you can see the detail. If you are wondering about how the sentiment is two colors, I used the Stampin’ Write markers. I colored the image with the Basic Black and Melon Mambo.