With Mother’s Day just a few days away, I thought I’d share a springtime home decor piece that doubles as a thoughtful handmade gift for any of the special moms in your life. I bought this shadow box at a local craft store and started out by refinishing it in antique white with some acrylic paint.
- Use your Silhouette to cut your vinyl stencil for glass etching.
- Start by drawing a rectangle the same size as your glass panel (you can make it smaller to save material, but I cover the whole piece to make sure I don’t etch another part of the glass accidentally).
- Resize the sentiment to fit within the rectangle, select both shapes, and click “Center” in the Align Window.
- After cutting your stencil, carefully weed the design and transfer to your glass using thescraper tool.
- Add etching cream.
- Next, cut your flowers out of assorted cardstock.
- If you have the Designer Edition of Studio, you can use the Nesting tool to save materials while cutting many designs at once. In this case, I nested four copies of my flower design within a piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock and could save the leftover cardstock for another project.
- Ink the edges of your flowers for a more realistic look. Here I used a small, red pigment ink pad.
- Shape each layer of petals as desired. I like to curl the edges of the petals under and then rub the center with a stylus (or round end of a pen) on a foam mat to make them cup upward.
- Adhere the layers with liquid glue or mini glue dots.
- Adhere cardstock (or in this case burlap) to the back of your shadow box.
- Enclose flowers loosely in box to make a “shaker frame” like this one or adhere them to the back for a slightly different look.
Happy Mother’s Day!