Shadowbox Lakefront View Card


You know how I love learning new fancy folds! Well, my friend Buffy shared this totally cool card ON HER BLOG that I just had to try. It’s called an inside shadow box card, and I followed the same directions that she did, in THIS VIDEO by Jennifer McGuire. So if you want to give it a try, check it  out! I combined a couple of my favourite stamp sets, which is how I came up with this Shadowbox Lakefront View card.


For the card front, I chose to use the Rooted in Nature stamp set.

Shadowbox Lakefront View Card

The big ‘surprise’ with this card is on the inside, so I wanted to keep the front fairly simple. My gosh – for me this is almost unheard of – there’s no extra cardstock layers! LOL


Stamp the large tree trunk cross-cut image from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Sahara Sand ink in the bottom right corner of the Whisper White cardstock. Next, ink up the tree trio image in Tranquil Tide ink. Stamp the trees to the left, and slightly overlapping the first image.  I decided to heat emboss the sentiment, to make it stand out a little more. To do this, ink the sentiment first in Versamark ink, then immediately in Tranquil Tide ink. Stamp the sentiment onto the card front, then cover with Clear Embossing Powder. Set the powder with the Heat Tool.  Finish off the card front by adding some embellishments – I used some retired Candy Dots in Neutrals. You could use something in the current catalogue, like the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins, or the True Gentlemen Buttons, to keep it neutral.


Creating the inside panel to this card was such fun; I love the Waterfront stamp set! Here, I used it to create a scene where I could add in the 2 small deer from the upcoming new Dashing Deer stamp set.

Shadowbox Lakefront View Card

The panel to work on first, is the one to go inside the card. Once you’ve done that, then you can decorate the front inside panel, which is where the shape is cut out.


On Whisper White cardstock, use the Waterfront stamp set and stamp the mountains first, in Gray Granite ink. Stamp them 2 times full strength to the left and right, then stamp off before stamping the 3rd, background mountain. This creates the illusion of distance. Next, use Pool Party and Balmy Blue ink to stamp the water. Stamp the foreground with Crumb Cake ink, stamping both full strength and ‘second generation’ – this is, stamp again before reinking.  Now stamp the trees in Tranquil Tide ink, again full strength and once second generation.

Now add your small deer from the Dashing Deer stamp set, in Soft Suede ink.  Finish off the panel by adding some stamped off Pool Party ink for the sky.


This is the panel, or part of the front cardstock, that you use to create the shadow box. Use the Big Shot and either Stitched Shapes or Layering Ovals Framelits to die cut your opening, in the centre.  To create a soft foreground, use an Aqua Painter and pick up some ink from inside the lid of the Crumb Cake ink pad. Do the same with the So Saffron ink, blending the two to give  you some depth to the ground. The sky can be created the same way; use the Aqua Painter with ink picked up from the lid of the Pool Party ink pad.

Once that’s done, stamp the standing deer from the Dashing Deer set in Soft Suede ink onto a scrap of white cardstock. Use the Big Shot and Detailed Deer Thinlits to die cut it. Attach the deer to the bottom right of the opening, sliding in your stamped back panel, to make sure the placement makes sense. Finally, stamp the sentiment from the Sitting Here stamp set in Tranquil Tide ink onto a scrap of white cardstock. Create the banner tails on both ends with your Paper Snips. Attach it to the centre front, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now you’re ready to put your shadow box card together, as shown in the video (link above). Make sure you use the Tear & Tape, to hold it securely.

Shadowbox Lakefront View Card

Above, you can see the ‘box’ shape. Below, you can see that although when opened, the card forms a box shape, it does fold flat for easy mailing!

Shadowbox Lakefront View Card


It’s not a difficult card to make, but it does take a little bit more time. The video explains it really well;  I don’t think I could do a better job. I will try my hand at writing out a step-by-step tutorial, with pictures. If you’d be interested in that, leave me a comment! I’m thinking of doing a series of ‘fancy fold’ tutorials – they’re such fun, and everyone loves receiving a fancy card 🙂

You can order all of the supplies I used, with the exception of the Dashing Deer Bundle. You’ll be able to order that on September 5th, unless you’d like to join my team as demonstrator, before then! *wink*

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

5 thoughts on “Shadowbox Lakefront View Card

  1. Deb, this is such a beautiful card, both inside and out!! The combination of deer and background is beautiful. The front of the card is very elegant as well.

    1. Thank you, Jackie! I can’t wait to make some more of these shadow box cards – especially Christmas themed! 🙂

  2. Love, love, love!!! The deer are perfectly placed. This is so beautiful, Deborah! And the front is perfect – not too plain, but it doesn’t fight the inside. Awesome card!! (Are you addicted yet? They’re so much fun, aren’t they?)

    1. So glad you like my shadow box card, Buffy! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration, and the ‘how to’ video 🙂

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