Project Description:This shadow box is composed of 3 cut files assembled to create a shadow box fern clump. I cut it in shades of black and gray but different effects could be achieved by using shades of green, all layers in the same shade, or how about 3 brilliant colors for in a child's room.
Tutorial assembled using Silhouette Software Release 2.7.18.
Note:I am a new Silhouette Contributing Artist. Both my Silhouette files and this website are the beginning. Send along any suggestions, problems, ideas or photos as we learn to create together. I'd love to hear from you! Marji Roy
- Template from Silhouette On-Line Store here.
- Glue dots 3/16" & 1/8"
- Silhouette Cameo
- 3 sheets of 12" x 12" Card Stock - Color gradations can used but optional.
- Blue Tack Wall Adhesive (optional)
Steps for completing the 3-D Five Fern Shadow Box project:1. Download the cutting file for your Silhouette Cutting machine from the Silhouette Online Store here. All 3 of the patterns for this project are in Silhouette download. They need to be separated and expanded. Below are some detailed instructions with photographs.
2. Prepare the files:
The downloaded Silhouette file looks like this. Each of the 3 parts has to be copied, pasted into a new Silhouette file and enlarged. Continue for more hints on doing this.
- The following technique will assist you in getting the inside frames sized correctly.
- Copy the front frame (layer 1) from the original download and paste it into a new file. Enlarge to the size you want your final project to be. I found it worked well at about 9.5 inches. Notice the dotted line indicated by the green arrow below. This dotted line is key in correctly sizing layers 2 and 3.
- Cut layer 1 in card stock. Cut settings will depend on your card stock thickness.
- Select everything (EDIT MENU to SELECT ALL) for the layer 1 and change the ink color to blue. This step is optional but it helped me from getting confused. Below are the settings in Silhouette for changing color. Select the line tool and then choose a color.
- Return to the original file download and copy layer 2.
- Paste this copy ON TOP of the first file you just turned blue and resize it so the dotted square is slightly smaller. (This dotted square is the fold line when assembling the box.)
- Notice how the large dotted fold square of the 2nd layer (red) is slightly smaller than the dotted square of the 1st layer (blue). You want to do the same. If you are using thicker card stock you will want more space here.
- Note: I increased the thickness of the lines so this image would show well on your screen. You do NOT increase the line thickness.
- Once the size is appropriate, click on the back frame (blue in my sample) and delete it. You are left with the correctly sized middle layer (layer 2).
- Cut it out on your Silhouette.
- Repeat by turning layer 2 blue and bringing in layer 3.
- Reduce it to be slightly smaller than layer 2.
- Delete layer 2 and cut layer 3.
4. Fold boxes.
- Note each cut file has dotted lines. These are fold lines.
- Fold layers 1 and 2 BACK and fold layer 3 UP.
5. Glue Corners
- I like to use Glue Dots on the corners although other glue types are appropriate.
- It is important to make square corners.
6. Assemble all three frames.
- The back layer (3) slides into the middle layer (2).
- The front layer (1) slides over both others from the front.
- Place glue dots between the layer frames to hold them all together. Position the back layer with in the front layer so that is place as far back as possible. You want to maximize the space between the layers.
7. Place on the wall.
- I use Blu Tak or a similar product to attach to the walls with a material that doesn't damage the wall and is easy to re-position.
© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design