Winter Shadow Box Tutorial

Hello, G45ers!

  Have any photo frames laying around the house in need of a makeover?  Try out this brilliant tutorial by Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Cecilia ZertucheIn this tutorial Cecilia takes a cheap frame and turns it into this majestic Winter Wonderland Shadow Box.  This home decor piece really let’s our Let it Snow paper collection shine bright!  We hope this video tutorial inspires your next project and when it does be sure to share your art with us on Instagram using the #Graphic45 hashtag.


Winter Shadow Box

By Cecilia Zertuche


“Hello G45ers, Christmas is getting close! I made this beautiful Shadow box with the exquisite Let it Snow paper collection, starting with a regular frame (a cheap one) , some chipboard and more materials listed below. I have to say it is so pretty and perfect for your favorite Christmas picture or to give it as a gift, a wonderful decorative piece in Christmas! I hope you’ll like it and give it a try.


Video Tutorial:

Winter Shadow Box Tutorial by Cecilia Zertuche | Graphic 45

Materials from Graphic 45:

Let it Snow patterns and solids

-Let it Snow 8” x 8” paper pad

-Let it Snow Chipboards

-Let it Snow 

-Let it Snow Ephemera Assortments

-Metal Clock Keys

-Ornate Metal Key Holes

-Metal Handle Sets

-Antique Brass Claw Feet

-Matte Pearl Gems

Other materials:

-2 mm chipboard

– Liquid glue, mine is Aleene’s quick dry

-1 frame that measures in the outside border: 8 3/16” x 6 3/16” but holds a 7” x 5” pictur

-2 Mini Christmas trees Tim Holtz

-Metallique wax, White Gold by Finnabair

-Clear glitter

-1 string of 20 led lights

-Snowflake die Art Impressions #4804

-Glittery foam in silver and light blue colors or use glittery cardstock instead

-Hot gun

-Silicon sticks

– White gesso

– 1 round and flat tip brush

-Scrapbook tools




TIP – To hide the lights you can cover them with the foam snowflakes or with the tiny assortments.




TIP – Using the different sized bears you can create more depth, here you can see the little ones embellishing the photo.



TIP – The shadow box depth is 2 ½” so I flatten it by cutting one of the Christmas trees on the back side, because my focal point is the beautiful Santa with the animals in the front.


TIP – To light down the blue background I use some white gesso and a brush with the technique dry brush, and that also completes the feeling of a snowy scene.


Thank you so much, happy papercrafting!” ~Cecilia







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