Create Your Own 3D Paper Shadow Box Frame

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Posted on June 22, 2021 by Creative Fabrica The Artistry
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Supplies

Uploading the images to Cricut Design Space

  • Log into Design Space and click the ‘Create New Project’ button.
  • Click the Upload button, then click the Upload Image button.
  • Click the Browse button and locate the SVG files you are going to use.

The files will be uploaded to Design Space and will appear in the Uploaded Images gallery. From there you can access them and work on them.

Arranging the layers

Cricut Design Space editing canvas

Select the layers and ungroup them.

Cricut Design Space editing canvas

Select the borders you don’t need and remove them.

Cricut Design Space editing canvas

Select the layers containing the score lines and on the upper left-hand menu select score.

Cricut Design Space editing canvas

Cricut Design Space editing canvas

Select every piece together with its corresponding score lines and attach them. Press the ‘make it’ button and start cutting.

Assembling the frame

Shadow Box card frame

Fold the four long pieces so that the folding marks remain on the inside.

Folding card for Shadow box frame

It is very important that the folds are completely straight, following the score lines, so that the opposite sides remain parallel.

Folding card for Shadow box frame

Apply glue to the flap and close and connect the pieces.

It is very important that the folds are completely straight, following the score lines, so that the opposite sides remain parallel.

Let the glue dry completely. There are two different types of pieces, A and B.

Folding card for Shadow box frame

Grab one of each piece (A and B) and put them together forming a right angle, as shown above in the images.

Folding card for Shadow box frame

To connect the pieces, apply glue to the interior flap of piece A. Then, apply glue to the flap of piece B and drop on the corner of the upper face that we are going to put under piece A.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

Put the pieces together and press them so they fit perfectly.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

Apply glue to the border of the base lengthwise on both sides to glue the remaining pieces.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

Following the same steps, assemble the remaining two pieces.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

When it is dry, glue the remaining section to the base and to the other two pieces.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

Press on the corners and adjust the position of the outer frame until they remain perfectly positioned.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

Grab the back support piece to stand the shadow box up. Fold them along the fold marks, following the direction of the arrows. Apply glue on the two smallest flaps.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

Glue the piece on the back of the frame, close to the edge, and let it dry. Stand the box up to see what kind of angle you want to give it.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

Mark with a pencil the height location in which you want to glue the upper flap.

Assembling card for Shadow Box frame

Apply glue to the upper flap and connect it to the marks you have indicated.

3D shadow box frame made from cardstock

Before you attach the final border, you can put flowers on the inside or decorate the shadow box in any way you’d like. Attach the final border when you are done decorating.

3D shadow box frame made from cardstock

Finished 3D shadow box frames with flowers

Assembly video

Watch the video on how to assemble this craft as described above!

That’s it. Happy crafting!


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