Dec 10 2014

Handmade Ornament by Shelly Hickox

Hi all! Those of you who follow my blog know that I decided to do a special ’12 Days of Ornaments’ project on my blog this month. Today is day 10 and I’m excited to be sharing today’s handmade ornament with all of you on the Inspiration Journal blog.

shelly hickox tree ornament

Eileen Hull has a new collection of dies with Sizzix called Vintage Kitchen. These dies are so much fun! I had an idea to use the Cookie Box in a slightly unusual way – as a shadowbox. Follow along to see how I created this sweet woodland ornament.

shelly project 1

Begin by cutting the box pieces from chipboard. You’ll only need the side piece and the bottom.

shelly project 2

Assemble box using glue of choice. Set aside to dry

shelly project 3

Next, emboss a piece of manila cardstock using Tim Holtz’s wood grain Texture Fade. Spray with Vintage Photo Distress Stain Spray. When dry, ink with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and cut into 1 ½” strips. Emboss another piece and color in the same manner. Use the cookie box die to cut a bottom panel section from it. This will cover the back of the box.

shelly project 4

Cut strips of thin wood sheets (these are bbq wrappers) to fit the inside of the box. Using the cookie box die, cut another bottom piece out of idea-ology Mirrored. This will cover the inside of the box.

shelly project 5

Adhere the wood grain cardstock strips to the outside of the box.  Notch the excess and fold over as shown.

shelly project 6

Glue the back panel onto the box, covering the edges.

shelly project 7

Seal project with gloss Multi Medium or varnish. Let dry.

shelly project 8

Adhere the Mirrored piece to the inside of the box. Line the inside edges with the wood sheets. Color an idea-ology Woodland tree with Peeled Paint Distress Stain Spray.

shelly project 9

Cut holly leaves from green Kraft Core’dinations cardstock. Adhere to top of box, along with a length of Red and Cream Trimmings and some pine cones and berries.  Glue a length of twine around the edge of the box.

shelly project 10

Create the scene inside with  miniature deer and fake snow.

shelly hickox eileen hull shadowbox

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and are inspired to make one of your own. Check out all of Eileen’s dies in the Inspiration Emporium store – I know you’ll love them!



Eileen Hull Cookie Box

Tim Holtz Strip Die – Festive Greenery

Tim Holtz Drapery and Woodgrain Texture Fades

Idea-ology Mini Trees

Ranger Distress Stain Spray – Peeled Paint

Ranger Distress Stain Spray – Vintage Photo

Idea-ology Mirrored

Idea-ology Trimmings – Red and Cream

Ranger Multi Medium – Glossy

Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

Core’dinations Kraft Core #13

Ranger Manila Cardstock 8 ½” x 11”

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