ATC Frames and Shadow Boxes

- by Petra Berendsen

Artist Trading Cards are such wonderful small pieces of art and so versatile. I recently experimented with ATC frames and shadow boxes and, because they are such good fun to create, I would like to share a little tutorial with you.

I started with an ATC frame.

My Supplies
  • PrimaMarketing Botanical paper
  • white card
  • leftover corrugated card from packaging
  • various stamps (Different Colors, Lily of the Valley, Tim Holtz and Eline Pellinkhof)
  • some lace and pearls
  • Glossy Accents
  • foam pads
  • some little twigs
Once I had gathered all supplies, I cut five ATC shapes with the Sizzix alteration ATC die (1 white card, 2 corrugated card, and 2 patterned paper).

To create the window frame, I used a small rectangular one cut with Nestabilities and then glued the various layers together. If you want to decorate the top layer further, it is advisable to do this before attaching it to the ATC base. I did some stamping and some distressing.

To finish the project, add the chosen object for display. I cut out a paper egg, covered it with glossy accents and put it into the frame on foam pad together with some teeny tiny twigs. My finished project:

As a little step instead of a frame, you could create a shadowbox.

My Supplies
  • atc box template ... which I adjusted for my project
  • stamps (Kaisercraft)
  • digital image (Magic Moonlight Free Images),
  • Melissa Frances paper
  • stencil
  • distress ink 'Faded Jeans'
  • fabric flowers
  • pearls and
  • a little glitter
  • velvety ric-rac ribbon,
  • washi tape.
First create the box, the sides for the shadowbox are 1 cm high.

Start to create the background for the box. I did some stamping and stenciling ... and also covered the back of the box with Washi tape. Before folding and gluing the box together please score the edges well.

Decorate the box inside with whatever you fancy ... et voila!

Enjoy and have fun and don't forget to show us your pieces!

Happy crafting, Petra.

Petra Beresndsen is a papercraft and mixed media artist. She is currently on the Cheerful Stamp Pad design team and was recently published in Craft Stamper. In the past, Petra also served on the design team for Gingersnap Creations and as a guest designer for both Try Stampin' on Tuesday and Digital Two for Tuesday. Find more of Petra's art on her blog, PetraB's Allsorts.

13 unruly observations:

  1. These are fabulous! I love the shadow box idea.

  2. Love this great tutorial- love the ATC Shadow box with frame- darling! The window frame is sopretty- love the added lace : )

  3. ohh cool, i am going to have a go at these! EE

  4. A brilliant tutorial with amazing ATC works of art. Thanks Petra.

  5. These are gorgeous I am definitely going to have to try these! TFS. xx

  6. Lovely atc frame. Perfect setting for that little egg and twigs. :))

  7. These are gorgeous Petra!! I have never thought of making a shadow box for ATC's using the frame as you did...what an awesome idea that is!! Thank you for sharing these ATC's and ideas with me.

  8. These ATCs are soooo adorable!!!! Thank you for sharing the template for the ATC box! :)

  9. What a brilliant article! I love the idea of ATCs with frames!

    Lucy x

  10. So happy to have found your site, what beautiful cards and shadowboxes! Looking forward to exploring your art!


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