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Monday, January 8, 2018

Shadowbox Project for all Seasons!

For the new year, I was hoping to find a cute pin that I can do throughout the year for each holiday. 

I was so excited when I found this website! I used to own a kit club company (A Page 4 all Seasons), so I have a love for the simplicity of ordering kits! 

This Shadowbox kit is sold monthly by Paisleys and Polka Dots, and it is just enough crafting to quench my thirst for creativity without overwhelming me and my busy life! I was excited to order the January and February kit. 

Items needed are:
Paisleys and Polka Dots Seasonal Kit https://paisleysandpolkadots.com/index.htm ($20)
Magnetic Shadowbox https://paisleysandpolkadots.com/index.htm ($18)
Tacky Glue, Nail File, Sponge Brush, Ink Pad, precision files, orange marker, brown paint and White paint. I got all this from my house :) 

Instructions:
The kit comes with detailed instructions. Here are some tips I discovered along the way:
1. Place the wood pieces on the paper, trace and cut them to the shape of the wood. *When I do this, I don’t worry about being perfect because I then go through with a nail file and file the edges. In fact, I kind of like making the paper a little bigger, so it is filed down versus having wood show through. For tiny to reach places, you can use precision files.
2. Paint the wood pieces per the instructions. (This is easy peasy)
3. Use wood glue to adhere the paper to the fronts of the wood pieces. *You can also use mod podge as glue if that is what you have handy in your home stash!
4. Sand the edges of the paper. *Sand in a downward motion because if you sand in an upwards motion, you could lift the paper from the wood!
5. Distress all the edges with brown ink (optional). You may want to leave just the sanded edge because that puts a distressed white look around each edge. I usually think I am going to stick with the distressed white look and then use the ink if I messed up and need to hide a flaw. (Which is basically every project I do)!
6. Assemble all the wood pieces using tacky glue. Adhere the magnets to the back of each wood piece.
7. If you plan to store this project to use year after year, consider spraying it with clear matte spray. This is totally optional!
8. Add the twine, button, and greenery as shown. I did use a glue gun for the greenery because I am way too impatient to wait for E9000 (which you could use) to dry!

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