Rainbow Wedding Shadow Box Craft Tutorial
- First - resize your template in your cutting machine program to fit your frame. The template is 20 x 20 cm (approx 8 x 8 inches). I shift it a little to the left in Cricut Design Space to make sure that it fits onto an A4-sized sheet of card. Mine fits in my 8 x 8 inch frame.
- Choose your cardstock colours - feel free to change about any or all colours to make the project your own. Realistically, I think the main choice will be the colour of the background and frame. I made these the same colour, but go ahead and make them two different colours if you like. Personally, I would avoid a background that's the same colour as one of the rainbow colours, but if you like it, go for it, it's your project. I thought a softer colour for the background and frame made the rainbow really stand out well. I think a pale and dark neutral for the figures and their background work well so that there's some contrast so that you can see the detail - different colours might be fun though?
- Cut your layers using your cutting machine or other cutting method you prefer. I cut mine with my Cricut Maker cutting machine, using intricate cardstock setting for the lacy pattern layer and the main layer for the figures, otherwise I just left it as standard. There are a lot of layers so this can take a little time! I have some help with how to use SVGs and other formats here. If you're a Cricut user, there's some extra help here.
Cut layers ready for the rainbow wedding shadow box project
Once you've cut your layers, you're ready to start - I found it easier just to organise my layers a little bit as I find it easy to get in a muddle!
So I laid everything out as in the image below, with the background and frame, together with the lacy layer and the figures and their background on one side - and then the rainbow layers, in order on the other side...
I found it best to get my layers in order before I started, especially for the rainbow layers
Start with the figures - we need to stick them to their background layer. I just spread a layer of glue from my clue-stick on the back of the grey layer with the figures and then stuck it centrally onto the cream background. You may need to wipe a little glue away from the surface if it seeps through the cut holes.
A little glue on the whole surface of the back of the figures will stick them nicely to their background layer
The bride and groom are ready
And so are the groom and groom!
And the bride and bride!
Pop your little figures safely to one side for the minute - and we'll start on the rainbow...
The rainbow layers up from the back, on top of the back purple layer. I suggest you flip your rainbow pile over and select from the top of that each time, and you should be selecting the bottom-most layer each time.
So our purple layer is the bottom of the rainbow - and we'll layer up all the other colours on that.
Lay your purple layer down face up - and take the dark blue layer, ready to apply glue to the whole of the back of the piece...
I used a glue stick for the rainbow layers - I want them to appear as one layer in the shadow box. If you'd like to put a little depth between each colour on the rainbow, you can use your double-sided sticky tabs between each colour - but do bear in mind there are a lot of layers and think about how thick this project will be by the time you've done this between all the colours and if your chosen frame has enough depth.
Lay your purple layer down face up and apply glue with your glue stick to the BACK of the dark blue layer
Once you've applied glue to the back of the dark blue layer, you can stick it down onto the purple layer...
Dark blue layer of the rainbow
Then repeat this with the next layer of the rainbow - this is actually the blue layer - I used a teal colour of Sizzix cardstock for this blue...
Add glue to the back of the blue (teal) layer of the rainbow
And stick it in place...
Teal (blue) layer of the rainbow in place
Next is the green layer - add glue to the back of the layer, then stick it down in place...
Get your green layer ready and add glue to the back of it
Green layer of the rainbow in place
And of course, repeat this for the yellow layer - glue the back, and stick it down onto your rapidly growing rainbow...
Add glue to the back of the yellow layer
See the big blob of glue on the left in the image below? This is going to be covered by the next layer, so no need to worry about it. If it was on the lower edge where it would show, do wipe it off to keep your rainbow looking neat!
The yellow layer of the rainbow is glued in place
Our rainbow is really looking the part now! Just a couple more colours to go! So next, it's the orange layer - and you know what to do... add some glue to the back and stick it down.
Get ready to glue the orange layer
The orange layer of the rainbow is now glued in place
So there's just one colour left - and it's red of course! Get it glued and stuck on...
Add glue to the final layer, red
The red layer is added and the rainbow is now complete
Next, we need to put the rainbow onto the background layer. I'm using double-sided sticky tabs here, to give the rainbow a bit of depth from the background. Add them around the edge like so (below) - you could use 4 per side if you like, or even try just two per side, if you want. Whatever you decide, try to stick with it for the other layers, and try to keep the sticky tabs in the same or very similar positions.
Add your double-sided sticky tabs around the edge on the reverse of the rainbow
And stick your rainbow onto the background...
The rainbow is now stuck to the background
You can put this part to one side for a minute - now, we'll work on the front frame...
You will need the lemon frame plus the lacy panel...
We want to add glue just to the edge square section of the back of the lacy panel. I've used my glue-stick here again, as the area to glue is quite small (the edge square). You could use glue dots if you prefer...
I'm going to glue the lacy square on top of the yellow frame. You might prefer the look of having the frame glued on top of the lacy panel - you can do this if you fancy it.
We're going to glue these two together
You should be able to glue the two together without the frame showing - if you're having trouble just turn the frame a little and try it at 90 degrees.
The front panel is glued in place
We're nearly done now - just the final couple of steps to go...
We need to position the figures in front of the rainbow. We need to make sure we position them correctly, so (without gluing yet) get them in place and position the frame over the top to check the positioning.
The figures will go in front of (on top of) the rainbow
Make a mental note of how you want to position your figures, and then add double-sided sticky tabs to the back, this will give them a bit of depth from the lower layers.
Add double-sided sticky tabs to the back of the figures
I would pop them down lightly, check again with the top frame over the top, and when you're sure they're in the right place, stick them down fully.
Figures stuck down in place with the rainbow
Now, there's just one final step to go - that's adding the top frame with its lacy panel. Add double-sided sticky tabs to the back of this layer, around the edges...
Add double-sided sticky tabs around the edges on the back of the layer
And stick it in place!
The project is complete!
You can frame your shadow box project to complete it...
Framed rainbow wedding shadow box project
And here's how the other two versions look...
Two grooms wedding shadow box
Two brides wedding shadow box
And some alternate colours...
Two grooms gay wedding shadow box with grey background and frame
Two brides gay wedding shadow box with pale green background and frame
Rainbow wedding couple with peach background and frame
|Two grooms gay wedding shadow box - close up
|Two brides gay wedding shadow box - close up
Would you like to make your own?
If you'd like to make your own rainbow wedding shadow box, you just need to choose which version you'd like to make and download the correct file from my Etsy store - you can find the links right below...
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