Valentine Shadowboxes

If there's any holiday that stirs up the desire to create, it may well be Valentine's Day. With all the fancy papers, lacey doilies, and shimmery hearts that are gracing the shelves of scrapbooking and craft stores, artists almost have no choice but to give in to the temptation. Creating something marvelous and enticing for a sweetie or best friend may be just the thing to put you in the spirit of this lovely holiday too. Karen certainly couldn't resist the opportunity to put a Rossi twist on traditional Valentines. Her original creations will be available for sale at The Karen Rossi Shop at Comstock. To make your very own Rossi shadowbox, follow our simple directions below!

Shadowbox frames (we got ours at IKEA, but the frame sections of most craft and department stores have some version of shadowboxes available)

Print-out of the Karen Rossi flying girls (Click here for clip art sheet)

Paints and brushes, markers, colored pencils (or something to color the clip art and background)
Scissors or Xacto knife
Card stock

Adhesive foam discs for scrapbooking (we used EK Success's 3D-Dots)




Fancy papers, doilies

Ribbons, bows, and any scrapbooking supplies that would add that extra uniqueness to your creation

1. To create the background for your shadowbox, cut a piece of card stock or fancy paper to the size of the frame.

2. Use the background as is or use paint, markers, or colored pencils to color the background. You could paint a solid color, add a pattern (such as mini hearts, polka dots, or swirls), or glue a doily onto the card stock. Just remember that if you want to use lots of scrapbooking materials, much of your background will get covered up by the various stickers and embellishments that you use.

3. Print the PDF sheet of Rossi characters onto card stock. Color or paint the artwork that you want to use and cut it out. (You can also draw hearts behind the figure to make her easier to cut out.)

4. If you want to add glitter to the outfit of the character (or the background), simply brush some glue onto the areas you want glittered, and then sprinkle the glitter onto the glue. Shake off any excess.

5. Pick which scrapbooking materials and ribbons you want to use and arrange them (along with the cut-out character) on the background. Once you are happy with your composition, use the adhesive foam dots to attach the pieces to the background. To give different heights to the pieces, try making stacks of 2 or 3 dots before sticking them onto the various embellishments. This will give a more interesting look to the finished shadowbox.

6. You can add a handwritten message onto the background or personalize it in any way that you'd like. Be creative!

7. Once all the pieces are attached, you are ready to place the artwork in your shadowbox. Be sure to clean the glass of the frame with window cleaner. Then, insert your creation into the frame, and....Voila! You have a unique, homemade Valentine for that special someone!






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