Thursday, July 12, 2012

Round Shadow Box Frame File!

I'm feeling pretty awesome right now. I created a file in Studio DE!!! Someone on facebook posted an image of a pre-made chipboard round shadow box and asked if anyone knew of a file to make something similar... I didn't, but I knew I wanted one and had an idea in my head of how to make it.

After playing around in Studio DE I have one to share with all of you!!!

I planned to make an assembly video so you could listen to my rambling as I put it together for you, however the problem with having a pocket camcorder is that they are tiny... and easily lost... and... um... yeah. Operation "find the camcorder" will start this afternoon and I'll make that video just as soon as I can, until then you'll have to deal with a ton of poorly lit photos and my attempts at written instruction. Thankfully it's only a few main pieces and really easy to put together. I made the depth approx 1", it shouldn't be too hard to make it deeper if you want (if there is enough interest I can edit it and make one that is deeper). It's sized right now to cut the main pieces on letter sized piece of paper but you can resize it as you see fit, you'll need to twist the tabbed section & decorative strips sideways to fit on your mat if you go too big, or cut them in 1/2 and then adhere together if you go really big.. again if you need help let me know and I can do a screen capture video to show you how to do it).

Here's a quick photo I took with my laptop showing one I made late last night so you get an idea on the finished product. Please note that my file is NOT including the Echo Park embellishments or an easel, both can be found in the Silhouette Store to purchase.

When you open the file you'll see this:

The 3 parts on your cutting mat are your main portion of the frame. The inner circle that pops out after you cut can be used for another project, you don't need it for this one. 

Step 1: if you're going to use the decorative strips now is the time to apply them, you can do a strip for the inside of the frame and one for the outside, just line them up on each side in the center and glue on.

Step 2: Make a circle out of your tabbed section by lining it up and gluing it together (yours will be decorated if you decided to decorate it)

Step 3: Fold one side of the tabs inward and the other outward

Step 4: Apply glue to the inside tabs (work quickly) and place the back of your fame inside and press down to secure it evenly (you can obviously used patterned paper here if you want, or you could cut an additional circle out of patterned paper or a photo to place on top)

Step 5: This step is optional, if you want to have a piece that is finished all around w/no tabs showing you will cut the other tire looking piece (do note that the two tire pieces are NOT the same, the one for the front has a smaller inner circle and the one for the rear has a larger inner circle.) You will slide this over the back, it's a tight fit but go slow and it'll work (don't worry about glue at this point) (I'm using a contrasting pattern/color so you can see it better... your tabs will also all be glued down, I was in a rush while my 2yr old napped)

Step 6: Continuing the optional rear piece turn your frame back over and apply glue all around the tabs and the back piece (again work quickly)

Step 7: Center and apply the front piece of your frame now, note that if you didn't use a decorative back piece you would simply add glue to the tabs and then center your piece and press to seal... I like using a back piece even if you use solid paper since it does make the frame stronger and hide the tabs. 

Step 8: also optional, use the last piece in the decorative grouping to cover the back panel & tabs

You'll need an easel file if you want this to stand up, I sadly don't have one to share but I did see a couple listed in the Silhouette store or you can probably find something to trace online. You could also resize this pretty large & hang it on the wall... I'll be making a big one soon and will post once I do. It would also be cute used as an ornament for the holidays.

Hope this helps and look for a video as soon as I find that pesky camera! 

Here is a link to the file: Candi's Round Shadow Box Frame I do ask that you send people to my blog to download it though instead of sharing it yourself. Thanks!  


  1. what a clever idea!! great job with your design and thank you for sharing it:-)

  2. Beautiful shadow box frame.

  3. Great tutorial Candi! TFS! BTW, I just nominated you for versatile blogger award. Check it out.. Just a simple recognition of how much I enjoy visiting your blog.

  4. Its DARLING!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    1. Oh how CUTE this is!!!! Would make such adorable Ornaments!!!! I also wanted to THANK YOU so much Candi for you VERY sweet comment on my blog about my news on the Silver Bullet Cutter....made me SMILE this morning!!! I hope you have a very blessed day!!!


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