Shadowbox Frame Card

by Becky Roberts

Create a dimensional card with a shadowbox frame inside.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Whisper White, Calypso Coral, and Basic Gray cardstock used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive (Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Tear n Tape used here)
  • Scissors
  • Shaped diefor cardfront window (Layering Ovals Framelits dies used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin’ Up! products used here: Ink Pads: Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky; Stamp Sets: Foxy Friends, Birthday Banners, Work of Art (ground), Sheltering Tree (sky); Punches/Die Cuts: Bunch of Banners Framelits, Fox Builder Punch; Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon)


  1. Step 1

    Cut cardstock for the inside card panel to 3” x 4 1/8”. Cut a backing panel to 3 1/4" x 4 3/8”. Stamp and/or prepare images or other embellishments for the inside of the card.

  2. Step 2

    Layer the cardstock panels. Adhere die cut pieces or stamp directly on the panel to create a scene for the inside of the card.


    Take advantage of the depth of this card and add dimension inside.

  3. Step 3

    To make the box frame, cut a piece of cardstock to 8 1/4" x 9 1/2". Score at 1/2” increments 4 times on all four sides. (Diagram is not to scale.)

  4. On the 8-1/4” side you will need 2 extra score lines on the bottom two 1/2” sections, 1/2" further in, from the 1” line to the edge.

  5. Step 4

    Now that the scoring is done, it is time to cut. Start with those extra score lines that are only on the two outside sections. Cut up the score line to the 1” mark, which is all that you have scored. From there, angle your scissors on the diagonal and cut from corner to corner on one square towards the outside edge of the paper. Rotate your paper and cut up the 4th score line to cut that corner completely off. Repeat on the other three corners. Your cardstock should look like the one above. Throw those corners away.

  6. Step 5

    Fold on all the score lines.

  7. All four sides will fold over into squares. Fold in the two long sides first and then the short sides.

  8. Step 6

    Add adhesive to the two short sides that you fold up last.

  9. Adhere the insert into the frame.

  10. Step 7

    Create a cover for the card using cardstock cut to 5 9/16” x 9 3/16”. Score at 4 5/16” and 4 7/8” or 4 5/16” from each end.

  11. Step 8

    Cut an opening in the front cover of the card.

  12. Decorate the card front as desired. Cut a 22” length of ribbon, and Tie it around the spine into a bow.

  13. Step 9

    Use two strips of double sided adhesive to cover the spine of the frame.

  14. Peel the backing and secure the frame in the spine, directly on the ribbon. Hold firmly until it is secure.

  15. Step 10

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Shadowbox Frame 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.

This is ingenious! Absolutely LOVE it and it's so versatile! TFS....Stampin' hugs!
Joanne Hoffmann  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 4:28 AM
Seriously cute! This would make a lovely little greeting using a "scrapbooked" photo too!
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 5:54 AM
What a clever idea! You make it look so easy. I'll have to give that a try. You are my inspiration!
Linda  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 8:24 AM
Super, super cute project; adorable! Your tutorial was also wonderfully easy to follow and most inspiring, Becky! Thank you so much for sharing with us! Cheers!
Donna  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 8:41 AM
Thanks for sharing this adorable card. I especially liked that you showed your boo boos and how easy they were to fix. No need to panic!
Kathy  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 11:23 AM
Love how you "fixed" minor problems with ease, encouraging a novice to correct mistakes without frustration! Thank you for a charming card.
Mary Avallone  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 2:01 PM
Love that idea and unusual. Can that be mailed and if so, what do you mail it in? Thank you.
Patricia Wilson  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 2:58 PM
Patricia, My Sweet Petunia sells boxes that are specifically made for mailing cards - they're called Card Guards. Those work perfectly!
dina  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 4:37 PM
I just love your adorable shadow box card with the kitty. Can you please tell me who makes that kitty stamp/die?
Roberta Mau  |  Wed Apr 26, 2017 at 11:38 PM
Such a fun card!
Melanie  |  Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 8:04 AM
Becky Green  |  Mon May 1, 2017 at 3:43 PM
I had to try this and this is one I came up with.. now i have a cut file for the silhouette that works I can make as many as I want to lol.
Rachael Hill  |  Tue May 2, 2017 at 11:20 AM
Love this card/box. Must try one. Wish me luck!
Susan in PA
Susan Stufft  |  Wed May 3, 2017 at 2:33 PM
And another one. I love it!

How the teacher likes it.
Rachael Hill  |  Wed May 3, 2017 at 8:38 PM
Over the top love it...did not catch your web site.
Could you please send to me so I can check out more of your tutorials...
Vickie  |  Mon May 8, 2017 at 6:45 AM
Vickie, all Becky's links are below her profile picture at the top right of the tutorial! Isn't she brilliant?
dina  |  Mon May 8, 2017 at 7:16 AM
This is so adorable! I just may have to try it out myself smile
Brittany Dreesen  |  Sat Jun 24, 2017 at 11:23 AM
Thank you, this is just what I was looking for to make.
Elizabeth Chopin  |  Wed Jul 19, 2017 at 3:37 PM
Does this card fold flat to mail?
craiglinda  |  Tue Dec 22, 2020 at 10:07 AM
No, this one does not fold flat.
dina  |  Tue Dec 22, 2020 at 2:02 PM

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