The mystery of the Shadow Box - a tutorial

Hello fellow stampers!

One of the non-card projects that I enjoy making throughout the year is a shadow box background.  There are lots of ways to accomplish it and so in my tutorial I will show you the way I do it.  Personally I like the 9" X 9" shadow box because it doesn't take up a lot of space, can sit on a shelf, desk or  hang if you prefer.  I usually purchase them from Michaels, and it seems there is always a coupon or sale going on. 

The theme of this tutorial is Mothers day, but you can easily adapt the technique to whatever occasion suits you. 
Whatever you do, don't stress over making the measurements all equal, just have fun! 

One thing I have learned is to allow a little extra space around the edges so your design doesn't get covered up by the edges of the frame. You can glue your design right onto the backing board if you prefer, but I tend to start out with a piece of cardboard about twice as heavy as our SU card stock as my base.  I put my background paper on that with tombow glue and then start building the design.  That will allow you to be able to change out your design depending on the season, etc. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, otherwise have fun and get your creativity on!
God Bless and Happy Stamping!

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