Artisan Style Shadowbox for RRR

RRRChallengeBadge“Orange You Glad It’s Autumn Challenge” Artisan Style Shadowbox

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for another great challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The theme this time around is “Orange You Glad It’s Autumn?” and you can make any kind of project you like as long as it features orange in some way with ribbon or trim.  You can get all the details on the RRR BLOG.  I chose to go “off the page” and make an Artisan Style Shadow Box using Graphic 45 papers and an 8″ x 8″ matchbox.

Kathy by Design/Artisan Style Shadowbox 01This was a challenging project for me, but I really enjoyed the process!  I layered and matted background papers from Graphic 45’s Artisan Style paper collection using foam dots to create loads of dimension.  Then I began to build my scene on the inside, using lots of flowers, fussy cut peacocks, die cut vines, real peacock feathers, altered resin embellies and incredibly GORGEOUS Vermilion Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon from RRR.

Kathy by Design/Artisan Style Shadowbox 03This close-up shot shows all the layers and layers of Petaloo Darjeelling Flowers, Spanish Moss and dainty Mulberry Sweetheart Blossoms in two-tone orange, peach and brown. I love these little guys…they are so often the perfect pop of color on a project, and they come in a rainbow of hues.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 05I fussy cut the door image from the 12×12 paper collection, using my craft knife to cut the door open.  I painted the doors with Glossy accents to strengthen them, and added additional GA to the windows to give them a glassy finish.  Turquoise brad “door knobs” were inserted and the opening was backed with a sentiment panel from the paper collection. (Photo below.) Next, I fussy cut another pair of these incredible peacocks.  These were layered over the first pair to add even more dimension.  Dabbing them here and there with Diamond Stickles added amazing sparkle and shine.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 10I love this sentiment!  I painted a chipboard sentiment to go over the lintel, and then flanked the door with a Prima Shabby Chic resin piece and a Kaisercraft wood bird cage that I altered with paint. The dragonfly charm just seemed to fit as this collection features them in many of the prints.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 04Altering this lamp post was really fun!  It was chalk white to start with.  So I painted it first with a layer of DecoArt Copper Dazzling Metallics Paint.  When that had dried, Black Soot Distress Paint was swiped across the surface, left to dry for a couple of minutes and then rubbed away with a paper towel.  Then, I tapped it randomly with Ranger Verdigris Patina to give it that aged copper look.  The lamp panels were filled with Glossy Accents.

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The chipboard sentiment fit perfectly next to the lamp post, but didn’t “pop” until I added that little snippet of Vermilion Silk Ribbon and another sweetheart blossom.  I tucked a little wooden protractor behind it, too. Three jade stones were also added in the upper left hand corner.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 06Let’s talk about these vines!  For some reason, the whole time I was working on this piece I kept thinking about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. That’s why I chose to drape these Bella Rose Leaves all along the top and sides of the shadowbox.  After they were stamped, die cut and shaped, I painted each leaf with Glossy Accents.  I love how they turned out.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 07The top of the box has a double layer of a Kaisercraft wood flourish that was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and glued down.  They I went to work on my multi-layered, multi-loop bow tied with Vermillion Hand Dyed silk and tied with my Zutter Bow it All.  I topped this with a flaming yellow Trellis Rose that was sponged with shades of brown and orange distress ink.  It sits like a fiery crown atop this creation.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 08Now it’s your turn!  Link your “Orange You Glad It’s Autumn” project up on the RRR BLOG.  You’ll find all the details and submission dates there.

I’m also linking up this Artisan Style Shadow Box to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge “Stamps be Gone.”  No stamps were used in the creation of this shadowbox, and you can find a great deal on these Graphic 45 papers at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

And, if you’d like to purchase this Artisan Style Shadowbox, you can find it in my ETSY Shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



14 thoughts on “Artisan Style Shadowbox for RRR

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    What can I say that everyone else has not already said??? This is talking my language, Kathy! Like Nancy said, this must have taken ages to make! Love it all, and every single detail, but my favorites have to be the protractors and the key tied up with that orange ribbon! Oh, I am just squealing with delight over every single detail! Well done, and congratulations on your top pick at Frilly and Funkie (again!!!)! You are on a roll!!!

  2. Georgie

    Oh wow Kathy, this is just beyond fab! I love how bright this is!
    Thanks for playing along at Frilly and Funkie xx

  3. Nancy Dynes

    I’m not even sure where to start, Kathy! To say I LOVE your shadow box would be an understatement. It is fabulous in every way. I love the side view photo as it really captures the dimension well. I can’t even imagine how long it took to create this beauty! Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  4. LuvtoKraft

    WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! WOW!!!! WOW!!!!! WOW!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!
    I am gobsmacked, Kathy!

    PS It took extreme willpower to keep to my budget and not give this beauty a place of honor in my home. Not kidding! 😉

  5. Judy B

    Another wonderful project Kathy. I love that ribbon, it is perfect for fall projects. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent with us.

  6. soozyb2013

    Like I have said to you before Kathy, when do you sleep? When do you eat? I know those two things are a waste of time, but necessary. The amount of fussy cutting? Your little fingers must have been so tired!

  7. Carol

    This is absolutely amazing Kathy. There is so much going on and the colours are outstanding. You definitely deserve an award for this my friend. I love it all and it must have taken you an age to complete. Stunning doesn’t do it justice. X

  8. Elaine

    This is truly a work of art, i really do not know where you get your ideas from Kathy, do you come up with a theme in your head ? or just go with the flow and create ? Whatever well done my friend ,perfection at its best .xx

  9. Susan Smit

    WOW! Opening doors, peacocks, lanterns…swirls…dragonflies…Mm…this is going to take hours to consume all this eye candy!….Thank you hugs…oxoxo

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