Vintage shadow box !!!

May 30, 2018
Hello friends,

                         How are you all? I am enjoying my little summer vacation!!! It's too hot here in India. But still i am enjoying my break. I am back with another Tutorial post for Rainbow Craftykari blog.

                         This time I created old vintage shadow box from used colour pallet. I just love old vintage look and projects. It was so much fun to create it.

                          So here is how I made this Shadow box .... 

Step 1 :  First step is to prime the base.
It is always good to prime the base with gesso, so it holds any further mediums and colours.

I gave it a coat of Black Gesso to entire colour pallet. I applied it as a primer so that it holds the colours perfectly as the material is plastic.

Step 2 :  Adding textures. Apply white Crackle texture paste on the pallet randomly as per the image.

For fine crackles effect , let it be air dry for some hours. After that crackles will appear automatically. Then I applied a thin layer of Rust paste + water on pallet that crackles will easily identify. 

Step 3 :  Roughly placing elements on the pallet.

I picked different things from my treasure , which will go with my vintage shadow box.

After finalizing the stuff,  I roughly placed them on colour pallet to decide their places. So it will give me an idea about the final look.

Step 4 :  Add colours and textures to the elements.

I selected different types of materials of elements. Some are plastic , metals , fibers etc. So have to colour them first to go with my vintage shadow box. For that I selected Rust pastes from Finnabair and gave a layer of it on all elements.

Step 5 :  Gluing and Priming the elements. 

One by one I tried to place all the elements in the colour pallet  and added some used fabric pieces , threads , beads and mini/mega stones to give more depth to the project.

Step 6 :  Time to add coffee splash.

At the end I splashed some coffee stains on the entire project to look more vintage. 

Step 7: Final touch up.

For more depth I sprinkled Lindy's magical shakers on some places and added Tim Holtz Sticker as a final step. 

And with that my Vintage shadow box is ready !!!

Supplies Used : 

  • Black Gesso
  • Finnabair Rust Paste set
  • White Crackle texture paste
  • Glue - Heavy body gel
  • Tim Holtz sticker set
  • Lindy's magical shakers
  • Coffee powder

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Hope you guys liked it. Look forward to hear from you about your variation of this one !

Happy Crafting ,

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