Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Bug Feature: Miniature Valentine Shadow Box Frame

Have you Caught the Bug yet??
I hope you are enjoying our LOVE Bug Tutorials this Week!
Next up is Lindsey Banner, she is sharing a super sweet vintage shadow box frame! Don't forget to leave a comment so you can be in the running for a Love Bug Prize Bundle

 from The Little Blue House!
Minature Valentine Shadow Box Frame Tutorial
by Lindsey Banner 

Gather up…
Foam Tape
x-acto knife
Metal Ruler
Glue stick
Pretty Papers ( 4 coordinating prints)- I used Authentique Crush, Cache, Frilly paper, Symmetry paper, Adorned) and a piece of sheet music
Authentique, Circles and Scallops tags
Handwriting stamp
Archival Ink in Black
Glue Gun
Do dads, buttons and knick knacks (technical terms)
Large Needle
Bakers twine in Red/white
Sequin Heart (from LBH)
Vintage Lace

DISCLAIMER: I made this project twice. Version 2 was made so I could take step by step pictures. It's not exactly the same, but pretty darn close.

For this project I used a cereal box, flattened it out and cut 2 , 5.25” x 6.5" rectangles.
The image I was using is approximately 3" x 4.25", so one piece of cardboard I cut a 3.5" x 4.75" rectangle in the center.
Verison 1: Cover the chipboard with the frame in a pretty paper, I used sheet music. To add more depth I used a blending tool and mixed antique linen and barn door red distress ink onto the front surface.
Version 2: I used Authentique- Crush, Symmetry paper on the polka dot side
Select a background paper to be used behind the image, same size as the chipboard.
Version 1: I used a pink cardstock with a cursive handwriting stamp and colored with the Wink of Stella gold pen. Also glue a pretty paper to the back of this piece ( Authentique, Crush-Frilly Paper.
Version 2: I used Authentique, Crush- Adorned.

Line foam tape along the edges of covered, frame chipboard piece. I stacked mine 3 times for extra dimension. Carefully line up the two chipboard pieces and attach together.
Add one layer of foam tape behind the image you will be using and float it in the middle of your frame.
Select your phrase, I added more foam tape behind each alpha and applied to the surface of the image from the Authentique, Cache Paper.
Version 1: Authentique Crush Petite Black Letter Stickers
Version 2: Authentique Petite Diction
Select a die cut from the Circles and Scallops tags and use hot glue to attach Melissa Frances white ruffle ribbon
Add some lace behind the sequin heart, thankfully its sticky so this is an easy step. Make small folds while applying to create pleats. Add a few dots of glossy accents to make sure it really sticks.

Verison 1: Measure the sides of your frame, mine was ¼ in, cut ¼ in strips of paper to cover the edges. Apply hot glue and attach paper strips to edges.
Version 2: Add washi tape to cover the edges.
Select the spot for your key and gently detach foam tape and use twine and needle to attach the key into place. Gather buttons, rhinestones, etc and lay out the pieces until you are pleased with it. I used bakers twine to thread the buttons for added interest. Use hot glue and glossy accents to apply the pieces to the surface.
Now step back and admire your creation. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
 All the products mentioned can be purchased from the Little Blue House website,

Have a great day!


  1. So charming and sweet!!! Thanks for sharing your "how to" Lindsey!!!

  2. Timeless valentines.. charming

  3. I absolutely LOVE these Valentine projects! Vintage is one of my favorite styles and your projects are right up my alley! Why have I not thought about covering a frame with music paper before? What a great idea!

  4. These are wonderful, Lindsey! And thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Pretty!! Thanks for the great tutorial with pictures and supplies you used!

  6. So pretty. I will definitely make this

  7. Fabulous! I love that metal key too!

  8. Adorable. I love the vintage-y look

  9. I love these sweet vintage Valentines!


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