Shadow Box Card

by Dawn Griffith

Showcase stamped images or a special sentiment in this mailable card.


  • Bone folder (for scoring)

  • Sticky Strip™

  • Coluzzle® oval template or other circle/oval cutting system

  • Two pieces of cardstock (cut at 4 1/4" X 5 1/2")

  • Background stamp

  • Stamps

  • Ink pads and/or markers for decorating


  1. Step 1

    Cut 2 pieces of cardstock at 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (quarter sheet of cardstock). Score short ends of both pieces at 1/2" and 1".

  2. Step 2

    Place oval template in the center of one of the scored quarter sheets. This will be the front of the shadow box.

    Make sure to center the template so that the oval has equal margins on all sides. It is helpful to use the 1" score line as a guide.

  3. Step 3

    Choose an oval size, and use the swivel knife or cutting tool included in the cutting system to cut an oval. Use scissors to remove cut out if needed.

  4. Step 4

    If desired, stamp a background on shadow box front as shown.

  5. Step 5

    Line up the shadow box front with the shadow box back, being careful to match both pieces perfectly.

    Stamp an image through the cut out onto the shadow box inside.

  6. Step 6

    This image will be the focal point. Finish decorating the inside of the shadow box as shown here.

  7. Step 7

    Once satisfied with the shadow box inside, apply Sticky Strip™ between 1/2" score line and the outside edge.

    At this point, the shadow box should look like this.

  8. Step 8

    Fold all score lines as shown. Remove Sticky Strip™ liner, and attach the two end pieces together, being careful to line ends up perfectly.

    Tip: It is easier to remove the Sticky Strip™ covering one end at a time.

  9. Step 9

    The completed shadow box will lay flat for mailing in a standard sized envelope.

  10. Finished card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Shadow Box Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

i'm going to try this! it looks like fun!
Ginny  |  Sat Mar 8, 2008 at 6:41 PM
may be one of my favorite bday cards!
shan  |  Tue Apr 14, 2009 at 7:32 PM
Oh Dawn, that is SO cute! Thanks for sharing . . . can't wait to try!
Peggy  |  Thu May 21, 2009 at 7:38 AM
This looks like a lot of fun....Thanks for the tutorial! Love it smile
Danielle  |  Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM
this card is so fun to make and cute.
ck  |  Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 2:10 AM
I have just had a go at this and I was surprised how easy you have made it for us to follow thank you so much, I for one appreciate any help with these projects...
Hugs ~ Lady Anne xx
Lady Anne Howard  |  Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM
Hi there I have used your tutorial to make this card.

I altered it slightly to make an easel card. Thanks so much I will be using this again I loved making it and it really is quite easy x

Hugs Pascale
Pascale M.  |  Thu Aug 5, 2010 at 2:13 AM
it's been a while since I've been able to stamp and just getting back into it and came across this and I'm ready to start making my Christmas shadow box cards this year. Thank you for being so creative and making things seem easy. I will keep this site handy while I make my first one. gotta get the webs out of the way

again thanks this is a really cool card design
mustangmomma  |  Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 2:42 PM
What a beautiful card! Thank you for the great tutorial!
Kathy Balch  |  Tue May 14, 2013 at 8:23 AM
I look forward to trying this shadow box card this weekend. Really liked the video and very easy to follow. Thank you!
Gail Russell  |  Fri May 2, 2014 at 6:56 PM

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