Tuesday 20 May 2014

Grandpa's Shadow Box - Rachelle Sigurdson

I was so excited when my girlfriend showed me this Vintage Family photo. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to scrap it. There were so many fun things I could do,with playing with this photo. I could go rustic,but also use some beautiful embellishments because of the carriage.
the original B/W
I changed it to sep

 I decided to do a shadow box,to have more depth.
 I created the shadow box, Bev gave me the title & I had her do the journaling ,that is at the back of the shadow box.

Products used in this project:

Dusty Attic:

Mini Script Alpha DA0859

Brick Wall Panel DA0316

Wattle Blossom DA0572
wicker fence DA0864
Hanging sign & post (DA0197)
Skeleton Clock DA0430

grass border#1 DA0659
Door #3 DA0690
chicken wire panel DA0177

leafy stem #3 DA0580
Fancy Label DA0491

Maja Design:Vintage Autumn Basics No:XIX,No.XXII, Vintage Summer Basics:1932,18991,1905            
Prima: sunrise,sunset collection,paper petals,sunrise,sunset,roses, junkyard industrial lamps, sunrise,sunset,clock faces, sunrise,sunset washers,locket,burlap trim

Graphic 45: matchbook box-12x12,ornate metal keys

Tim Holtz: pen nibs,jump rings,mini fasteners,screw eyes, metal feet,metal corners,chain,snaps, paint dabber-metalics gold,walnut stain,rock candy crackle,picket fence crackle

Martha Stewart Texture Effects,corrugated board, jb seed beads & beads,burlap string, liquid accents,viva gold metalic,versa mark ink pad pine cone,pebbles chalk,old cloth covered brads & petaloo teastained dahlias blue,old metal alpha,crafters workshop stencil,molding paste

Bev's title: Grandpas story, I painted the alpha with Adirandack gold acrylic paint dabber (gold),then inked the edged with pinecone versa mark. 
a closeup of a flower cluster,using chipboard leafy stem,prima & petaloo flowers & pen nibs
Family last name,using old metal letters from my supplies
The original photo,that I made a frame out of chipboard,paper & rock candy crackle. I also added photo corners 
close up of another flower cluster.

 The flower centers are made by using old cloth covered, bright brads. I first painted then with the gold dabber & when that dried I put a very thick coat of rock candy crackle. The crackle was still wet,when I put on the jump rings,snaps,seed beads & pearls. Once the crackle dried I applied another coat.I removed the centers from the petaloo tea died flowers, & used these. The gold flowers are prima...
Close ups of  another flower cluster,I used burlap in this one.
The front of the shadow box was 2 inches,so I cut a inch off all sides. I glued the brick panel onto cardstock,before I cut out my pieces for the front of the shadow box & I stained the brick with walnut stain,then cut out my pieces & glued them to the shadow box. I then painted the bricks with rock candy crackle,& once that dried I rubbed in some gray chalk. For the mortar I used 2 coats of Martha Stewart texture effects.
This is how I was able to free stand

The floor of the shadow box has 5 layers of corrugated paper. So I was able to free stand my photos, chipboard ect,by gluing pins, (I used some different sizes of Tim Holtz pins & for the heaver pieces I used the things you tie up Turkeys with). I left about a inch of the pin sticking out, the applied glue to the pin & the bottom of the photo or chipboard piece & poked it into the floor.  
I made the wagon wheel by using the prima skeleton clock,a chipboard wheel (that I stained with walnut stain,then rock candy crackle & once that dried I poked in some Tim Holtz mini brads. I used a prima washer for the center.
I printed the photo, that I cut out the figures 8x10 on Velvet Art paper. I printed 2, 8x10's so that I could pop that amazing carriage. I was surprised to see how much the carriage popped & how it picked up the gold. I used the door behind the people & carriage, because it had alot of the same detail as the carriage.I painted the door with picket fence crackle,then stamped it with the Tim Holtz wood grain stamp. Once that dried I rubbed in some pinecone versa mark & inked the edges. I used gold dabber for the window part.
wicker fence behind the wagon wheel
skeleton clocks & washers behind the photo. I hung the photo,but also glued it to the back of the shadow box so it would not move. I cut pieces of chipboard & glued them together & used that to raise the photo. I used liquid accents for my glue,it dries fast & my pieces stay (I hope)
another close up of a flower cluster,using a locket as a pocket watch

I first stained the chipboard pots with walnut stain,then applied a thick coat of rock candy crackle. While the crackle was still wet I sprinkled on some jump rings & seed beads. Once the crackle dried I applied another coat of crackle.I then tied on a piece of burlap string. On the grass,I used first rock candy,then when that dried I pained on some gold dabber,while the dabber was still wet I took my paper pierce & scratched in the lines on the grass part. I then used liquid accents to glue the micro beads onto the heads of the grass. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to look.....Rachelle


  1. wow, the shadow is fabulous, so many lovely details, really a piece of art!! Hugs, Kerstin

  2. This is magnificent and you have done that precious photo total justice.. the depth in the shadow box and all the rustic embellishment looks stunning.. really love this.. well done..

  3. this is fantastic! what a clever and creative idea! thank you so much for sharing

  4. This is the most awesome piece I've ever seen!!! Such great detail all over it. What a fabulous job! I would love to do one of these for our older family members. There were 13 Origional children. Only 4 left now. But such a rich family history. That immediately came to my mind when I saw this piece. TFS!!!

  5. Your eye for detail astonishes me....such a wonderful frame. Thank you for including the details as to how you achieved the effects on the chipboard!! I'm always watching and learning from your work.

  6. this is so beautiful. Love the pieces of the photo all over. Great idea !!