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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring Shadowbox - by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone, I hope your week is off to a great start. With the weather so frigid everywhere, I wanted to create something that reminded me of spring.  I dug through some old photos and found this 5x7 of my niece Averie, and a 9x9 Shadowbox that I've been hoarding. 
It all started with a mixed media tag. I bought some of the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft glaze and wanted to experiment with it.  I love to experiment on tags, and then I try to make something with the tag.   On this tag, I used modeling paste and a stencil to get the hexagons.  Then painted the entire card with a soft green paint. Then I mixed the glaze with a gold colored acrylic, wiped it across the entire tag. Waited a few minutes then used a baby wipe to clean it off. The glaze actually stayed in the recessed areas, and helped to provide shadows on my tag.    I then started playing with some of the left overs from other Marion Smith projects, and used Marion's Hot Air Balloon stamp to create a pattern for the balloon on the tag.  The little girl and the saying was cut from the Mad Tea Party collection. 

Since the saying talks about seeds that grow I decided to build a little garden scene for my little girl to stand.   I used a vine as my base, then made a few flowers to cover the vine.
I removed the glass from the shadow box, and built my floral spray to spill out over the frame's edge.  I stitched together some punched scraps from Marion's Mad Tea Party line to create the banner that I placed across the top of the frame.
I just love how this frame turned out, and it is going to look fabulous on my wall. 
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

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