Adhesives: hi-temp hot glue gun; foam tape; Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (Duncan)
1. Note: As you work through project, periodically lay mat board over frame opening and line up piece beneath it to ensure proper design placement; you should not see any white from shadow box. Use photos as guide throughout.
2. Remove box from frame. Use tacky glue to adhere mirror paper vertically to horizontal backing, piecing tightly at center. If using gift wrap, crumple pieces first to add texture.
3. Long seaweed at center of piece covers seam in mirror paper. See Figs. 1-3 to draw four short, three medium and one long seaweed plant on light green cardstock.
4. Place two sheets of light brown cardstock side by side horizontally. Lightly sketch curvy mounds for sand down length of cardstock. When pleased with design, trace lines with black permanent marker. Trim away excess paper. Repeat, creating two to three separate smaller mounds about 2" high; set aside.
5. Stamp all sand mounds with light brown dye ink and Sand image. Repeat with dark brown, then black, dye ink. Add thin washes of darker brown watercolor paint to shade sand. Apply very tiny dots of Copper and Gold glitter glue here and there; let dry. Use tacky glue to adhere long sand pieces across bottom of scene; set aside small mounds.
6. Use embossing pad to stamp, and black powder to emboss, the following on dark blue cardstock: Mermaid; seven fish as shown; eight Bubbles; Sea Turtle; Seahorse. Stamp and emboss the following on light brown cardstock: Treasure Chest; Crab; Star Fish; two Sand Dollars; five shells as shown. Watercolor all pieces and let dry.
7. Touch tip of embossing pen here and there to coins in treasure chest and heat emboss with gold powder. Repeat with silver powder. Glue several rhinestones into treasure for jewels.
8. Rough, not detail, cut all watercolored images from cardstock. Use tacky glue to adhere pieces to second layer of same color cardstock. Quick Tip: Spread tacky glue to edges of each piece and use bone folder like a squeegee to seal edges, using firm pressure on back of cardstock in all directions. Highlight all pieces with glitter glue. Add Diamond Glaze to bubbles, fish eyes and squares on turtle shell. Let dry.
9. Arrange pieces on shadow box backing until pleased with design; be sure design shows through mat board opening. Begin adhering pieces to background, using tacky glue for some elements and foam tape to "pop" other elements. For example, for fish trio at right, glue one to background and pop two with foam tape to add dimension. Repeat with several shells along bottom. Add smaller sand mounds to front of piece with foam tape; adhere remaining shells, hiding edges behind small sand mounds to create depth.
10. Lay background flat and use Diamond Glaze to make thick, horizontal lines across background to simulate water. Leave piece flat until completely dry. Quick Tip: To prevent air bubbles in glaze, begin squeezing on scrap paper, holding bottle vertically and gently squeezing until air bubbles are out; keeping same pressure, apply glaze to piece, outlining first and then filling in shape.
11. Using rainbow ink pad, stamp Mini Squares around edge of mat board as shown. For variation in tone, ink once and stamp twice. Leave room at center bottom. Use rainbow pad to stamp Sand image a few times, one shell and one Sand Dollar in open space at bottom. Overstamp with black Sunset Words sentiment.
12. Hot glue real shell to lower right corner of piece; reassemble shadow box.
1. Stamp individual fish and shells onto manila shipping tags, watercolor and frame together.
2. Use fabric ink to stamp motifs across a slinky summer tank; mix PearlEx pigments with fabric medium to paint designs.
3. Decorate a plain frame with just a few dimensional fish and shells to remember summer days.