PARIS Shadow Box - for Imagination Crafts

Today, my Imagination Crafts Design Team post is my Paris Shadow Box. 
I used a fabric canvas, so that I could cut in to create the box portion.
This is actually easier than it looks - I saw an image online, and worked out how to do it (very similar to cutting windows when covering slide mounts).
I used a shallow cardboard tray (precviously holding biscuits) and placed it on top of the canvas, and drew round it with a pencil. I then used a craft knife to cut an X from corner to corner, diagonally. Next step was to fold the canvas flaps to the inside (DON'T cut these).
Next, push the box through the hole you made, turn the whole piece over to the back and add glue to the flaps, one by one. Fold the flaps over the box to hold it in place, and then a piece of scrap card over these if you want it to be extra secure. You could also add glue to the sides of the box if you're nervous, lol.
The images are rice paper, glued down with Decoupage Plus, and I painted a scrap piece of card with Starlights paints in Rich Gold and Sky Blue. Next, I stamped the dress form before gluing the card inside the box. The second image in stamped onto heatproof acetate and embossed with black. 

Once in place, I used a second piece of rice paper (damp brush to trace round the image so that I could tear it out) to match up my image inside the shadow box portion perfectly. Using a damp brush and tearing edges means they are virtually invisible when glued into place (unlike edges cut with scissors). 

In fact, all the canvas is made up from random pieces of rice paper, including the title - the only large pieces are the Eiffel Tower and the birdcage! It's a great way of using scraps to create a cohesive piece, so never throw any rice paper away - layer, layer, layer.
Final touches were a little random stencilling of that lovely Fleur de Lis pattern (a sponge and some gesso) and a couple of diamante stones on the cage of the dress form, for sparkle. The signpost and sign are Magi Kutz, painted with Starlights in black (the word 'Voila' glued onto acetate, the sign frame glued over this, then cut out) and the sign hangs free in front of the shadow box.

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