Friday, 21 April 2017

A Dark Undercurrent Shadow Box

Do you ever see an image you just have to have?  I felt like that with the Aurora Wings image 'A Dark Undercurrent'.  I love darker images and skulls, oh and mermaids! 
I got her coloured up then wasn't sure what I was going to do with her.  Decided I wanted to keep her for myself though, so I've made a shadow box.  I found a template on Pinterest and worked my measurements from that.  I had to trim the image down a bit and not place it centrally, so not to lose too much. Having printed and coloured before deciding on a shadow box, I realised the box would be a little too small. I have used 12x12 card though which is the largest I have!! I think it still looks good though and I've only lost a little bit of her tail. 
Product list:

  • Papermania cardstock
  • Collall Tacky Glue
  • Shells & sand (Michaels)
  • Gems
  • Acetate (Cuttlebug)
  • Distress Inks - Stormy Sky, Forest Moss & Dusty Concord
  • ProMarkers - Warm Grey 1-3, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Dusky Pink, Midnight, Denim, Powder, Cardinal, Lipstick, Indigo, French Navy, Cobalt, Raw Sienna, Tulip, Canary, Forest, Apple, Pine, Cinnamon, Caramel, Sandstone, Satin, Turquoise & Cyan
  • Wink of Stella Clear

The image coloured up

Of course I had to use some glitter!

The shadow box cut out

Image glued into the box, and the box assembled

Sand, shells and gems placed into the box and an acetate window glued on (Oops, I forgot to photograph at this stage, so this is a close-up after hanging instead!)

Outer frame measured and cut, then Distress Inks blended on and sprayed with water

And finally the finished piece

I am entering my frame into the following challenges:
  1. I ♥ ProMarkers - #333 AG
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #56 AG
  3. Morgan's Artworld - #8 AG
  4. Pile it On - #129 Interactive and/or Birthday
  5. Simon Says Monday - Splash It On
  6. World Wide Open Design Team - #21 AG
  7. Cupcake Inspirations - CIC403 Mythical
  8. Aurora Wings - #48 AG
  9. CCC Digi Creations - #71 Add Some Glitter
  10. Ching-Chou Kuik Blog - April Under The Sea
  11. Crafty Awesomeness - April AG
  12. Crafty Catz - #367 AG
  13. Crafty Creations - #339 AG
  14. Creative Fingers - #128 AG


  1. Amazing and Stunning work. I love it. Perfect. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  2. WOW! Is this ever amazing, Nicola! Gorgeous background and overall coloring of the image. You've definitely captured the mysterious dark vibe and the shadowbox is fabulous. I'm certainly not surprised you'd want to keep this beauty for yourself. Thanks so much for joining our AG challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  3. Wow! Love this! So creative! Thank you so much for taking the time to create your gorgeous entry for our Ching-Chou Kuik monthly challenge. I hope you will enter again and also check out our Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenges as well. Have a fabulous day! Hugs, Gloria DT

  4. Back again, and again just absolutely stunning and amazing crafting here. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Challenge, best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  5. Absolutely Stunning, I love how you have made the 3D frame, would love the measurements. Beautifully Coloured.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Angela DT for

    1. Hi Angela,
      Thank you so much. I've been meaning to do a sketch of the actual measurements I used, but life keeps getting in the way!
      Here is a link to the instructions I used. Mine is on 12x12 card though and the centre rectangle is 6x8.

  6. Hi Nicola, WOW! What a super project, perfectly coloured and made into a shaker filled framed work of art! Thank you for joining in with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, hope to see more of your creative work in the future. Have a wonderful week... Megan

  7. Definitely a very cool framed project! Awesome use of color to create texture and design. I am not sure I would want to meet up with this mermaid, lol! Thanks for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

  8. Wow - what a gorgeous shadow box with the mermaid - love it. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  9. Gorgeous and amazing Nicola xx
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Dianne DT for the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  10. Lovely shadoe box Thanks for sharing at Crafty catz this week and good luck.

  11. Fabulous Creations. Thanks for playing along with us this fortnight. Lisa DT CCC Digi Creations

  12. WOW! What an amazing piece of art, I love how you have coloured her and the extra details make a Fabulous shadow box.
    Thank you for joining us at Morgan's Artworld. Hope to see you again. Faith DT

  13. Faboulous shadows box and such a colourful image and frame. Sculls are really not my thing but your colouring is great. Thanks for playing with us at Pile it On. Keti (DT)

  14. I am very glad you joined us this week at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. I hope you had a fantastic time!!! See you back very soon to play in another amazing challenge. :)


    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Design Team Member

  15. What a stunning project, Nicola! Love your coloring on the image and the frame treatment. Simply gorgeous!! Thank you for joining us at Aurora Wings Challenge. Mitzi xx

  16. Nicola, what a stunning shadow box card you have made here which fits perfectly the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Monthly Challenge this month of “Under the sea”. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Design Team Leader).

  17. wow this is amazing what a wonderful project. Very Creative. Thank you so much for joining us this month at Ching-Chou Kuik Under the sea challenge. Hope to see you next month as well.
    Linda DT CCK


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