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Christmas Boxes - Shadow Box & Gift Box Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 12/11/2017 63 Comment(s) Home Decor,Mixed Media,Tutorials,Videos,Tags,

Hello, G45ers!

  We have a festive St Nicholas double feature for you today with Brand Ambassadors Pam Bray and Einat Kessler. First, Pam shares her gift box, tag, and bow set with a YouTube tutorial. This assortment features a ton of lovely details, like a graphic 45 doily and hand made bow. Next, Einat shares her snowy shadow box, full of lovingly crafted winter scenes. We love the mixed media elements and all the fun embellishments. Check both out below!



Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or  Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package includes a Ladies Diary - Deluxe Collector’s Edition set, Portrait of a Lady 12x12 paper pad, Patterns & Solids paper pad, Chipboard, Ephemera cards, Staples - Shabby Chic Metal Clock Keys, Brads, and ATC Policy Envelopes, a $100+ value!  Winner will be announced here on the blog Friday, December 15th.  


St Nicholas Gift Box, Tag, and Bow Tutorial with Video

By Pam Bray


“I love having coordinating bags, tags, boxes, cards, bows, etc. for my holiday gift giving! When I am in a bind, I go to Graphic 45 to create some unique and beautiful packaging for every occasion. Packaging should be as beautiful as the gift you’re giving is my thought. I am sharing with you a paper box, tag, and bow created using Graphic 45 St Nicholas Collection, but any collection will work to achieve this unique packaging.” Pam



Graphic 45 St Nicholas Christmas Box, Tag and Bow Tutorial by Pam Bray



  1. Pick up small bags, boxes and other containers in store clearance aisle, garage sales, markets, etc. to upcycle for gift giving.

  2. Save small scraps of decorative paper to create embellishments with.

  3. Regular punches make great borders to all projects.


Graphic 45 Supplies:St Nicholas 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad


Other Supplies:

  • Doily Die
  • ColorBox Blends Ebony Ink
  • 1 ¼” & 2” Circle Punch
  • Tiny Attacher
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Xyron Adhesive & 1.5 Sticker Maker
  • 6 ¾” Square Box
  • Black Twine









St. Nicholas Shadow box, by Einat Kessler, St. Nicholas, product by Graphic 45 St.jpg

St Nicholas Shadow Box

By Einat Kessler


Hi dear crafty friends, Einat Kessler here with a new project! It’s that time of the year again… Christmas is around the corner and everyone starts thinking about decorations and gifts. Today I want to share a type of project I wanted to create for a long time, a mixed media project with Graphic 45 papers!


The reason I wanted to share this type of project is to show you how to think outside your comfort zone and outside the box. ‘Tis the season for miracles right? So anything can happen… even a mixed media project with papers!


I created the shadow box from scratch but you can use one of Graphic 45 Staples products like the Window Shadow Box or one of the Mixed Media 5x5 Boxes. Cover the back and inside with G45 papers and add Christmas theme embellishments.


St. Nicholas Shadow box, by Einat Kessler, St Nicholas, product by Graphic 45, photo 6.jpg


St. Nicholas Shadow box, by Einat Kessler, St Nicholas, product by Graphic 45, photo 5.jpg

Tip #1: When covering a shadow box with paper pieces measure each side separately. Draw a diagram of the shadow box on a piece of paper and write down all the measurements before you start cutting the papers.


St. Nicholas Shadow box, by Einat Kessler, St Nicholas, product by Graphic 45, photo 4.jpg

Tip #2: Fussy cut images from your favorite G45 paper collection to use as embellishments for the shadow box. Attach them to the back wall with chipboard squares to create different heights for the elements. Add flowers, pinecones and other Christmas items that fit inside the shadow box.


Have fun creating!”



Graphic 45 Supplies:


That is a wrap on another round of Graphic 45 holiday inspiration. We are so grateful to Pam and Einat for sharing their work and to you for being here with us today. With a new holiday collection out each year, it can sometimes be easy to forget that previous year's collections are still worth going back to to add variety to all your holiday craft projects. What holiday projects are you cooking up this year? Let us know if the comments below and remember that each comment here and/or on Facebook is a chance to win this week's blog prize. See you back here next time, G45ers!


Happy Papercrafting!

63 Comment(s)

12/11/2017, 11:45:37 AM

Wow - seasonal inspiration in spades! Thanks so much.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Wonderful ideas using these fabulous G45 collection, thanks for the inspiration!

Yulia Mulyukina:
12/11/2017, 12:07:37 PM

Wow! Great projects! Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl Wells:
12/11/2017, 12:14:52 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the gift box and the tray is outstanding!!

Jan Ross:
12/11/2017, 12:38:44 PM

Darling projects. I have a material question. What is the open weave white gauze like fabric on and in the shadow box?Thanks,

Mathilde S.:
12/11/2017, 12:43:20 PM

Beautiful seasonal projects,love all the details.Very inspiring.The Christmas collections alone put me in a creative mood.

jean marmo:
12/11/2017, 12:45:06 PM

So inspiring!!

12/11/2017, 12:47:54 PM

Oh what talent! Someday I'll get it down Love to win papers too! Thanks for always sharing awesome g45 products...happy holidays

Barbara G.:
12/11/2017, 12:53:29 PM

Love these projects. I pulled out my punches & used them on a mini album of Portrait of a Lady I was making. They add a lot.

Rebecca Rosas:
12/11/2017, 01:00:11 PM

Among other things, I "cooked up" several boxes this year, one using St. Nicholas and two(so far)using Winter Wonderland. Einat's shadowbox is a beauty!

Michele Lewis:
12/11/2017, 01:05:59 PM

Two beautiful ideas! I still love the St Nicholas collection and that box, bow and tag sure look great! The shadow box is unique too! Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

12/11/2017, 01:15:36 PM

Inspirational projects. I love tags & this one is simply stunning. Thank you.

Kim Persinger:
12/11/2017, 01:31:57 PM

I absolutely love this set! Thank you for the chance to win it!

Kathy Lutter:
12/11/2017, 02:22:51 PM

Absolutely gorgeous projects!

Marianne Gonzales:
12/11/2017, 02:26:34 PM

Fabulous projects. The gift box and tag are a gift in themselves.

Leslie Gladney:
12/11/2017, 02:33:04 PM

So many lovely ideas in here. I can't wait to try the bow and figure out how to make my own shadow box!

12/11/2017, 02:42:16 PM

Shadow boxes are one of my favorites. Great way of telling a story and memories to cherish. Thanks for the inspiration. Love your paper!

Michelle Nettleton:
12/11/2017, 03:21:16 PM

I'm in love with the projects today! Excellent work designers!

Marie Frederick:
12/11/2017, 03:54:26 PM

Great projects. Super giveaway! Graphic 45 described in one word AWESOME

Beth Beery:
12/11/2017, 03:56:53 PM

Wonderful inspiration!!! Thanks for sharing these creative ideas!!!

Glenda Buster:
12/11/2017, 04:05:18 PM

Pam, as beautiful as your box, tag and bow are, a present inside seems almost optional

Glenda Buster:
12/11/2017, 04:08:55 PM

Here’s The rest of my post...

Ava Gavloski:
12/11/2017, 04:57:36 PM

Great presentation by the team.

Barbara Millar:
12/11/2017, 04:23:30 PM

Love the detail in the projects .lm a traditionalist that's why I love the St.Nicholas papers

Maggie Fox:
12/11/2017, 04:33:37 PM

Love your products and all the ideas you share for creating things out of them. You are my very favorite designers

Brenda Moehlig:
12/11/2017, 05:03:31 PM

Such lovely projects. I can't wait to try them all out. Thank you for sharing

Sue LD:
12/11/2017, 06:27:10 PM

Fabulous Christmas projects.

Beth M Beery:
12/11/2017, 06:29:43 PM

Every week is a fantastic prize, but this is extra exciting! Fingers crossed!!!

Melissa Johnson:
12/11/2017, 07:40:28 PM

Gorgeous, as always! I honestly don't know if I could make myself cut into your papers, they're so pretty!

Vanessa LeClear:
12/11/2017, 07:45:28 PM

What beautiful Christmas projects! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win this awesome prize package!

Nancy Young:
12/11/2017, 07:49:12 PM

Everything made with Graphic 45 papers is so beautiful. I'm amazed at what you guys come up with.

Cheryl Schuessler:
12/11/2017, 07:51:16 PM


Carla Hundley:
12/11/2017, 09:35:30 PM

Lovely work on all these festive creations! Carla from Utah

Linda Vigil:
12/11/2017, 09:45:17 PM

Wow, inspiring project ideas are a standard from G45, and the design of the featured prize is yummy!!!

12/11/2017, 10:47:45 PM

You always have amazing projects. Thank-you very much.

Judy Phillips:
12/11/2017, 10:51:26 PM

Wow - these are fantastic! I love them - thank you so much!

Holly Hatch:
12/11/2017, 11:51:07 PM

The shadow box is stunning. I can think of so many lovely pieces to cut from G45 papers. You know what the BEST thing is about your paper? The QUALITY. No other company has such beautiful colors. One can even feel the quality in it. Even when I use a wet glue, the paper doesn't warp like the "cheap" paper. Thank you, G45! P.S. Would love to win the prize package too.

Donna Leutloff:
12/11/2017, 11:55:13 PM

Amazing designers = amazing projects! Thanks for the inspiration, and wow! love the prize, thanks for the chance to win!

Carol Barber:
12/12/2017, 01:01:16 AM

Gorgeous projects. Beautiful papers! Ladies Diary is my favorite paper collection.

Debbie Siddle:
12/12/2017, 01:31:02 AM

Beautiful prize. How I love the shadow box xxx

Bettina Kreuer:
12/12/2017, 03:28:54 AM

Thanks for all the great inspirations and for the chance to win these adorable papers. These are my favorite collections.

Dorothy McCarthy:
12/12/2017, 05:30:28 AM,

I love that shadow box!!!

12/12/2017, 07:03:26 AM

Gorgeous projects! Pam's gift box is a keepsake; so pretty! And Einat's shadow box is just incredibly stunning.

Sharon Gullikson:
12/12/2017, 10:00:12 AM

I love the bow and wreath! This project is so pretty!

Martie Rollin:
12/12/2017, 12:28:04 PM

Nothing can compare to all the traditional colors and images of Christmas with Graphic 45! Lovely holiday inspiration! This prize package is so beautiful and oh! so these paper collections!!

Cheryl Peeters:
12/12/2017, 07:25:07 PM

Beautiful shadowbox! A Ladies Diary paper is lovely - what a generous prize!

12/12/2017, 11:08:34 PM

Wow the colour combinations are so beautiful and thanks for sharing

Barbara Briggs:
12/13/2017, 10:16:22 AM

A Lady's Diary has always been my favorite collection!

Brenda Freitas-Obregon:
12/13/2017, 03:52:14 PM

Talented and thoughtful artists who share their creativity and inspiration are the best holiday gifts. Mahalo for the opportunity to win the beautiful collection. Happy holidays.

Beulah Bee:
12/13/2017, 08:07:49 PM,

Wonderful richly saturated colors--excellent projects made with a most excellent paper collection.

Benita Stiver:
12/13/2017, 09:47:53 PM,

Just in time to make some more fine gifts! I have had many comments from customers at craft shows and markets that stop by the tables. Once their eyes fall on products I make with your designs, they are hooked ;) Thank you for making such gorgeous paper-lines!

12/14/2017, 01:32:22 AM

Those are each so pretty..I am so amazed by all the talents..And how pretty your papers & products are..I see a need to make these pretties..Awesome G45....Thanks for a fun chance...

Suzy Q:
12/14/2017, 06:17:18 AM

Beautiful! Your Christmas tag and gift wrap with bow are very,very nicely done Pam! You all are truly inspiring! I so, so love the "Portrait of a Lady" package! Who wouldn't! Great job Graphic 45 for such inspirational papers!

Carol white:
12/14/2017, 06:17:24 AM

I love it all❤️

Roisin Doyle:
12/14/2017, 08:51:27 AM

Amazing projects as always. It's impossible NOT to make something lovely with your fabulous products!! A Ladies Diary and Portrait of a Lady....possibly 2 of my all time favourite collections!!

Doug Carlberg:
12/14/2017, 01:45:48 PM

So neat to see this..I would Love to give this big giveaway to my loving Wife..Merry Christmas !!Thank you for such an amazing chance..

Teri Hayball:
12/14/2017, 04:17:38 PM

These projects are so beautiful! I am really inspired by the shadow box. I have one I was given probably 10 years ago and never used. I think I’m going to create a winter scene and bring it out every year to enjoy! Nice work ladies!

Libeeti Frenkel:
12/14/2017, 10:14:42 PM

This gift box is fab and the shadow box is simply a pure perfection!

Joyce Lennard:
12/16/2017, 10:34:03 AM

Fabulous collection.

Toni Bettencourt:
12/20/2017, 08:00:16 PM

I love the boxes and the shadow box. These are ideas I hadn’t thought of. I’m always inspired by the projects you share with us.

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