Today I want to share a fun Easter decoration — a cute little shadow box that features a Cottage Cutz die, Miss Lily Garden Bunny. Here’s a photo:
This was like most projects, it started with a die. A number of the Cottage Cutz dies are like this one in that they contain pretty much everything you need for a project on a 3.75″ x 3.75″ surface. Miss Lily Garden Bunny makes an adorable card, but for this project I wanted something a little more. I found the cute shadow box on one of my frequent craft store visits (yes, I am a craft-a-holic), and I knew that it was just perfect for a little Easter display. I thought maybe I would put some little bunnies or chicks in the boxes below the main display, but when I found the flowers I knew they would be much more appropriate. (Much cheaper too, they’re from a dollar bin!)
I like to do little holiday displays in my home, but storage is always a problem. I decided to make this little Easter display so that it can be removed from the shadow box and another holiday or special occasion can be substituted. That way I’m only working with one shadow box, but an endless number of holiday displays. It is very easy to do that. First I cut a piece of poster board the size of the largest opening. This will provide some stability for my Easter decorations. I also cut a piece of the coral/ivory polka dot cardstock (Graphic 45, of course) the same size. I used my Angel Craft tape to attach the two together. The poster board gives a little more stability to the cardstock and makes it a little easier to decorate and move in/out of the frame (see the video for more details);.
To get the pieces that I needed to assemble the shadow box scene, I needed to cut a number of colors using the Cottage Cutz die. With everything on one die, you have the choice of cutting all of the pieces out of each color (but then do you have a use for a purple bunny?), or you can use scraps of cardstock and try to just cut only the pieces that you need from that particular color. I used a mix of both methods for my display. For example, I cut the greens twice using the entire die; the bunny, was cut from a scrap of brown paper laid just over the bunny portion of the die. There is no right or wrong answer on this — just do what makes sense. I cut the “Happy Easter” word from ivory cardstock using my Sizzix Big Shot. I used two of the new Tim Holtz Distress ink pads to add a little color to the words (sponged the colors on with a small craft marshmallow). Here’s a close-up of the words —
Assembly of the scene was super easy. Again, to make this a removable display, I was working just on the cardstock. I began with the main pieces (the sentiment and the bunny) and placed them appropriately on the polka dot cardstock. I added greens and flowers, as needed and the scene came to life. Note that I determined placement of everything before I started to attach it in place. I also added little bits of chalk or ink to enhance the flowers and the bunny, etc. This should also be completed before the pieces are attached.
When everything was ready, I began attaching items. The bunny can be attached early on (use a low dimensional adhesive to pop it), but the “Happy Easter” needs to wait until the flowers/greens behind are glued in place. It is a very easy process — just lift the pieces one at a time, add the glue (mostly just at the base of the piece to allow some dimension to occur) and set in place. When everything else is set, add the “Happy Easter” using low dimensional adhesive. Here’s a close-up of my little Easter scene —
This was a quick and easy project. I love how it turned out! I added the scene and the flowers to the using Scotch removable double-sided tape. Please take a look at the short video for more information on how I kept my shadow box reuseable.
Cottage Cutz dies are a lot of fun, and are easy to use. Be sure to check out the full selection on the Cut @ Home site. Also remember that Cottage Cutz makes a “Universal Shim Plate” that assists in cutting some of their more intricate dies (I didn’t need it for this one, but have needed it for others).
Supplies available from Cut @ Home —
Cottage Cutz Miss Lily Garden Bunny (SKU CC4x4-599)
Cottage Cutz Universal Shim Plate (SKU CC-SHIM-1)
Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 8×8 paper pad (SKU 4501014)
Supplies from my stash — Cheery Lynn “Happy Easter” die; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive; Scotch removable double sided tape; 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow box Tray (White – 6.5″ x 6.625″ x .875″); craft marshmallow; assorted cardstock
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!