Saturday, September 1, 2012

Halloween Shadowbox: Thank you Memory Box!

I have wanted to make this Halloween shadowbox ever since I saw it on the Memory Box Blog.  Last year I even ordered most of the stamps to make it.  I worked on it yesterday at Karen's fun craft room and finished up today.  It has lots of Halloween gleam and glitter.  You can see the original at this link:  Memory Box Spooky Printer's Tray    I used a printer's tray from Hobby Lobby instead of the 7 Gypsies one used in the original project.  The basic papers I used were from the Memory Box Nightfall collection.  I added stamps from Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, and Amuse in addition to the ones from Memory Box.  I did not have any Halloween Design Adhesives, so I used strips of green glitter paper for sparkle.  I also wanted some text, so in addition to some stamped words, I used a Cricut cartridge called "Word Collage".  The Halloween selection was perfect!  I cut some text in black and some in orange glitter paper.   All background papers were adhered with Perfect Paper Adhesive Matte from USArtquest.  I used a foam brush to apply the adhesive directly to the shadowbox.    Here are some closeups of various sections:

In the section above, I worked at the "Spooky Collage" technique, which is shown on the Memory Box blog.  It was a lot of fun!  Karen and I made three spooky collages and used one of them in the Shadowbox.  It is basically a technique where you make a "waxy buildup" of clear embossing powder, stamp on top of it in black ink, and then embellish with alcohol ink.  You can check out the technique specifics here:  Karen and I found that the collage stamp worked better if you used pigment ink and then heat embossed it also in clear ink before adding the alcohol ink.  We just had to be careful not to let the built up pool of clear melted powder melt any further!  This way we didn't have to wait for the ink to dry before adding the alcohol ink.

In the section above, you can see the very cool "cat in the spotlight" technique, which is described in the original Memory Box project here.  I used Tim Holtz Black Soot (a freshly re-inked pad) and a foam applicator to make the shadow.  I masked the spotlight with Eclipse Tape.   Can you find the following:

  • hanging ghosts from Penny Black embossed in white?
  • an orange glitter moon behind an Inkadinkado haunted mansion?
  • some owls displayed in front of some shiny orbs painted with Smooch paint?

In the section above you can find some spooky Inkadinkado spiderwebs heat embossed with Mystic Fire embossing powder from B & J Art Stamps.   You can also see a golden Hero Arts chandelier with some colorful Stickles accents.

Lots of fun!  I really enjoy making these.  I had intended it for use initially to house my Hallmark Merry Miniatures Halloween collection, but they just didn't look right and some were a little large for the printer's tray.  So my next idea is I will use it to house Halloween costume jewelry I have collected over the years.  That will make it very sparkly!  If I adhere the jewelry pieces (pins, earrings, etc) with hot glue I don't think it will get damaged if I ever decide to wear any of it again!  I prefer to look at my jewels rather than wear them on my person any day!  This project will be a great backdrop for my pretties!


  1. Jane, what a great project! Love it.

  2. Very cute. I can think of all kinds of papers and photos to put in this box.

  3. Wow Jane! The finished project is even better than I imagined. And I imagined a really great finished project. I love the way it turned out. The jewelry is a good idea also. Keep up the good work. I think I speak for most of us in your following, we can't wait to see what you come up with next.

  4. Your shadow box is SO impressive! That looks like it was so much fun to make. You did fabulous work here!!

  5. What a fabulous project!!! It would take me a year to do all of the techniques you used, but I LOVE it. Have looked at the printers tray ideas for years and this is the best one yet. VERY impressive and creative. Thanks for sharing :~)