Paper Shadowbox Assembly Tutorial

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I’ve gotten a lot of questions on putting together the shadowbox designs found in my Silhouette Design Store portfolio, so I figured I’d throw together a photo tutorial for you

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You’ll need one of my shadowbox cutting files found in the Silhouette Design Store (found here). You’ll need cardstock of your choice, I used a 110 lb white cardstock, so pretty heavy. Also adhesive or glue.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE:

1. Take layer one, this is the front layer of the shadowbox. Its edges extend the most. Fold on the scorelines.
2. Place adhesive on the tabs. We’ll be assembling layer one into something that resembles a box without a lid. There will be overhanging flaps at the back, we’ll be using those at the end.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for layer two, folding on the scorelines & using adhesive to form it into a box shape. Layer two is the piece that has edges that are the second longest.
4. Place layer 2, that we just assembled, inside of layer 1. The designs of layer 2 are now behind the designs on layer 1. It should be a pretty snug fit. With the shadowbox laying designs down, the top edges of layer 2 should be flush with the top edges of layer 1. See the photo directions for a visual example. I used minimal adhesive to keep this in place.
5. This is how the shadowbox should look at this point. Layer 2 is behind layer 1, and it should be snug in place.
6. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for layer three, folding on the scorelines & using adhesive to form it into a box shape. Layer three is the piece that has edges that are shortest, and tabs that are smallest.
7. Now we’re going to do the same thing we did for layer two. Place our just assembled layer 3 inside of the shadowbox. With the shadowbox laying designs down, the top edges of layer 3 should match up with layers 1 and 2. You might need to push & pull a bit to get it flush. See the photo directions for a visual example. Again this should be pretty snug, and not need too much adhesive.
8. This is how the shadowbox should look after we’ve added in layer 3. You can see the three layers, spaced out nicely.
9. Remember the overhanging flaps from step 2? These now come into play. Fold these flaps in, so they create a sort of border on the back of the shadowbox. We’ll be adhering the back piece to these flaps, so add adhesive.
10. Place the back piece onto your shadowbox, making sure all of the corners are square. Flip it around and you have your finished product!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

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