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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SHADOWBOXES - SNOW QUEEN & WOMAN OF MYSTERY

The inspiration for the first shadowbox comes from this month’s kit at AlphaStamps; The Snow Queen Kit.   Through the window, you can see a little boy having a magical experience encountering the frosty Snow Queen.  She sparkles in the frosty night and the boy looks on with wonder.  Flanking the window scene are various snowflakes, frosty picks, and beads.
The inspiration for the second shadowbox comes from the new Taj Mahal Shadowbox Lid.  Inside is a beautiful bejeweled mysterious woman.  The scene is decorated with blue curtains, a marble column, hanging lanterns, borders and a jeweled star and moon.
In the post below I’ll walk through how I assembled each shadowbox and the products I used.

THE DETAILS
SNOW QUEEN SHADOWBOX
The structure of the shadow box is made from the Double Pane Window Shadowbox Lid and a 4” x 6” Shadowbox.
I started by painting the area around the window cutout blue.  Next, I painted the window overlay white.
I lined the inside of the shadowbox with Aqua Blue Sponged Background Scrapbook Paper.
Next, I glued an image from the Snow Queen Collage Sheet.  It’s popped up with double stick foam tape so that it is easier to see through the windows.  I’ve also accented the image with Diamond Stickles.
To the bottom front, I added a Snowflake Border painted white.
To the side, I added a Silver Juniper Pick painted blue using Alcohol Ink and Clear Iridescent and White Pearl Beaded Garland.
On three of the corners, I added various snowflakes; Clear Acrylic Snowflakes, Flat Back Clear Iridescent Snowflakes, White Glittered Snowflakes, Large Snowflake Sequin Mix.
I also added leaves from my Silver Leaf Collage Sheet and covered them in Twinklets Diamond Dust.
The final touch was the addition of Iridescent Clear Icicle Confetti Mix which made me think of falling snow. 

WOMAN OF MYSTERY SHADOWBOX
The structure of the shadow box is made from the Taj Mahal Shadowbox Lid and a 4” x 6” Shadowbox.
I lined the inside of the shadowbox and the front of the Taj Mahal Lid with Faded Cream Wallpaper Scrapbook Paper.
The image I used is from the Pale Beauties Collage Sheet.  I printed it out twice, attached one image to the back of the shadowbox and cut out the woman from the other copy of the image.
I popped up the cutout image and added flat back pearls and rhinestones to give the woman sparkle and dimension.
To one side of the box, I added a Blue Side Curtain with Fringe Download image which I printed twice.  For depth, I cut away part of one curtain and layered the curtains together separated by double foam stick tape.
To the bottom of the box, I added chipboard Stained Glass Border which I painted gold.  I added the negative of the border (chipboard left over when you remove the border) to the top and also painted it gold.
To the left side, I added a column from the Garden Urns Collage Sheet.

I hung lanterns from my  Lanterns Collage Sheet suspended by metallic stickers from my stash.
I then added a Gold Dresden Halo behind the image of the woman as well as a Fancy Gold Dresden Rosette to the bottom right corner of the shadowbox.
The final touch was a moon from my Bejeweled Moon Collage Sheet to which I added rhinestones and a Glitter Star Ornament.


DETAIL SUPPLY LISTS
SNOW QUEEN
The Snow Queen Collage Sheet
Shadowbox Lid – Double Pane Window
4 x 6 Shadowbox
Snowflake Border
Aqua Blue Sponged Background Scrapbook Paper
Winter Playground Toboggan Scrapbook Paper
Clear Acrylic Snowflakes
Flat Back Clear Iridescent Snowflakes
White Glittered Snowflake
Juniper Pick - Silver
Iridescent Clear Icicle Confetti Mix
Large Snowflake Sequin Mix
Clear Iridescent Beaded Wire Garland
White Pearl Beaded Wire Garland
Diamond Stickles
Twinklets Diamond Dust
WOMAN OF MYSTERY
Click here to jump to the Woman of Mystery supply list at Alpha Stamps
Pale Beauties Collage Sheet
Garden Urns Collage Sheet
Side Curtain with Fringe – Blue Download
Shadowbox Lid – Taj Mahal
4 x 6 Shadowbox
Faded Cream Wallpaper Scrapbook Paper
Stained Glass Border
Tiny Mixed Sized Flat-Back Pearls
Fancy Gold Dresden Rosettes
Gold Dresden Halos
1 Inch Glitter Star Ornaments