Front view: Mini Shadow Box, covered with decorative paper and further embellished.
I covered the shadow box easily with Designer Paper from Stampin’ Up!, using my preferred method of white glue lightly diluted with liquid methyl cellulose. (It’s a trick I learned in a book-making class. The methyl cellulose gives the white glue more “open time”, so you have more ability to adjust your paper placement. At the same time, it also has adhesive qualitites, so it is better than using plain water to dilute your PVA glue.)
The image is one of the Aviary Postcards from Meyer Imports, which I mounted on three layers of Stampin Dimensionals (foam adhesive squares) so that it was not all the way at the back of the box.
I also added a small rub-on to the acetate window on the lid of the box. The acetate took the-rub-on nicely.
Side view: Mini Shadow Box covered with paper and further embellished.
If you’d like all of the details on how I made this little treasure, you can check out my blog post, here.
The photo on the left shows the assortment, package. You can see how they arrive: they are in one piece, but flat. This not only makes shipping easier, but it also facilitates decorating.
I decided to try a different method of decorating on each pot: painting, stamping, and covering with paper. I’ll start with the smallest and work my way up.
The smallest pot was painted using a crackle medium to give it an aged look. The first step was to paint the undercoat; I chose a deep green, and used Delta acrylic craft paint.
Small petal pot, painted with one coat of green acrylic craft paint.
If you would like more details on how I decorated this pot, you can check out my blog post, here.
The medium-sized Petal Pot (5-1/4″ tall) was finished by stamping directly on the surface of the pot. In this instance I chose to leave the pot flat to facilitate the stamping process.
I stamped the main images, and then filled in the background with a stippling technique using dye ink. The chipboard took the stamped images beautifully- there was no bleeding, and the colors stayed true. I was really pleased with the quality of the surface for receiving stamped images. If you’d like all the details, click here.
Medium-sized petal pot, finished with stamping and stippling.
Finally, the largest Petal Pot (6-3/4″ tall) was covered with decorative paper (from Stampin’ Up!). Because of the 3-dimensional nature of the pot, you have to cover each panel individually. I traced a panel, and cut it out six times before gluing the paper to each side, while the pot was flat. This was probably my least favorite technique, as it was a bit of a hassle to trim the edges of the paper for each panel to make them perfectly straight. The final product came out okay, but I probably won’t choose this technique again in the future. For finishing, I added layers of Prima flowers, using E6000 glue.
Largest Petal Pot, finished by covering with decorative paper.
- Great white surface, that takes paint, ink, rubber stamps, and glue very well. This was my biggest question, and the products passed with flying colors!
- The products are all pre-cut, the edges are clean, and no sanding is required.
- Great assortment of 3-dimensional products in addition to a wide range of book shapes.
- Good price point.
- Lots of project ideas on the internet, both their site, and elsewhere. They also have a Flickr gallery.
I hate it when it is hard to come up with cons…. But that is true for this line of products.
- One complaint is that there are absolutely NO instructions of any sort included. This is not a huge deal for something like the shadow box, but I had to ponder the best way to glue the bottom of my Petal Pots, so they would hold their 3-D shape. I finally settled on using white tacky glue, and inserting the application tip right at the junction of the bottom panel with the side panels, from the inside of the pot. Then, I laid a moderate weight across the top of the pot (it was a balancing act!) until it dried. The process was a little awkward…. If anyone has come up with a better way, I’d love to know!!
- The shadow box does not stand straight up and down, because the lid makes it tilt a little to the back. I guess I could add something along the bottom to make it level, but I’d like to see the manufacturer come up with something.
You can purchase all of the C&T Products directly from their website. You can also find select Blank Board Products online at Buy.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateForLess, and Scrapbook Heaven, to name a few. They also sell to bricks and mortar stores, although I have not yet seen them.
Have you tried any of the Blank Board products? Have you figured out an easy way to glue the bottom of the Petal Pots? Let us know, we’d love to hear!!
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