Step 1: Supplies
- 1 glove finger for each family member
- 1 shadowbox frame large enough to hold the completed family (larger family = larger frame)
- 1 sheet of cardstock with appropriate print for the background
- 1 sheet of white cardstock
- white felt, measuring a little more than half the size of the frame
- orange felt for the nose
- mini black pom-poms (2 for each snowman)
- assorted ribbons, trims, scraps and other tiny embellishments (eg. rick-rack, sequins, etc.)
For tools, you will need sharp scissors, tacky glue, and a glue stick, and access to a printer or alternate method for adding the names to the matting.
Step 2: Sizing
Step 3: Matting
I did mine using a simple word processing package. First I drew a square (I made a table with one column and one row, with a border) then inserted the family surname above the box and the individual family member names below. I printed the document centered on the page so I had room to trim around the outside. Then I cut out the window slightly inset from the printed box to give a little extra depth.
Step 4: Mount
The frames I purchased had a cardboard edge inside the frame that I needed to work around to get my matting to fit in properly without the cardboard showing from the front. The advantage was that then I didn't need to do anything to secure it in place as the cardboard was already doing that for me. If yours doesn't have this, a few pieces of scotch tape is really all you need. Just be sure to secure it from behind so it doesn't show from the front.
Step 5: Align
Step 6: Sky
NOTE: For this step and the following, you want to make sure that your "scene" is slightly smaller than the backing for the frame.If you don't allow some space around the edges, then when you put the backing into the frame, it bulges in an unappealing way and doesn't want to mount properly. The matting on the front of the frame will hide any raw edges.
Step 7: Paper Snow
Step 8: Background
Step 9: Check
Step 10: Align
Step 11: Snow
Step 12: Snowbank
Step 13: Second Snowbank
Step 14: Faces
Step 15: Embellishments
Step 16: Blush
Step 17: Mounting
Because of the thickness of the scene, you won't be able to slide the backing more than about an inch. My frames were pretty flexible, and the backing was pretty bendable, so between the two, I was able to insert my backing without having to slide it much at all. Keep this in mind when purchasing your frames. Alternatively, you might be able to work on a secondary piece of cardboard, separate from the backing, which might give you a little more flexibility.
For more finished examples and to see my other tutorials, visit childmadetutorials.blogspot.com