American Crafts Flutterby Inspiration with Jennifer

Today I am going to show you how to create a shadow box featuring the new American Crafts flutterbys.

Step 1:  Grab a small empty box and carefully pull the sides and bottom apart to flatten the box.

Step 2:  Using a ruler mark where you want to cut your window then cut it out.  I marked mine half an inch from the creases.

Step 3:  I wanted to inside to be on the outside so I had to re-crease the box to fold the way I wanted it to then I needed to prime the inside with gesso.  You really only need to cover the edges, but my bottle of gesso spilled so I covered the whole thing.

Step 4:  Measure and cut pattern paper to fit the bottom, back, and top of the inside of your box.

Step 5:  Turn your box over, measure and cut a piece of coordinating pattern paper to frame the window on the front of your box.

Step 6: Flip the box back over so that you are looking at the inside and glue a strand of your flutterbys to the inside of the box.  To give the flutterbys more dimension fold them in half before adhering.

Step 7: Start embellishing the inside of your box making sure to create layers.  One thing that I did to give my elements a little depth was to take some poster putty, cut off small strips and hot glue them to my elements.

Step 8:  Fold and glue your box together, then cut and cover the sides on the inside of your box.

Step 9:  Measure and cut pattern paper to fit the top, sides, and bottom of your box.  Adhere with mod podge and you're all done.

Michelle has two different types of flutterbys for you to play with.  Check them out.


Brianna Marshall said...

love how you created your own shadow box!!!

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