Mama Elephant Dragons - Shadow Box Card

Today I created a really fun shadow box card using Distress Oxide inks, Arteza Real Brush Pens, and the Mama Elephant stamp sets "Dragon Wishes" and "Me and My Dragon."


I wanted the front of this card to be very simple so all I did was stamp a sentiment that says "You Make My Life" and a little dragon from the Dragon Wishes stamp set. This sentiment comes from the My Favorite Things stamp set "Magical Dragons." The whole stamp reads "You Make My Life Magical" but I cut the stamp so that I could make this card. I left the dragon as just a outline, no color, and just went over him in my Wink of Stella glitter brush.


So like I mentioned before, this card is a shadow bow card. I follow the tutorial created by the amazing Jennifer McGuire in order to make this card. I could not have done this without her video! If you want to see how the shadow box comes together, check out my video below. It is kind of complicated and much easier to explain in the video!


For the background of the box I created a sky with Distress Oxide ink. I took a piece of Canson watercolor paper and blended the colors Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Salty Ocean, and Faded Jeans. Then I used a watercolor brush with just clean water on it and paint the little clouds. I used a paper towel to soak up the water of the clouds I painted and this pulls up the ink to form the clouds. Then I used a white gel pen to outline the underside of each of these clouds. I love doing this technique.


I stamped two of the dragons from the Mama Elephant stamp sets in Versamark ink so that I could emboss them with a black embossing powder. I also stamped the little girl from the "Me and My Dragon" stamp set so that it looks like she is riding the bigger dragon. I colored in these dragons with my Arteza Real Brush Pens.


 I glued the smaller dragon directly to the background so that it looks like he is flying far off in the distance. The larger dragon I glued to the front of the window, just putting glue on the edges of the image that touch the paper. I then used my Hero Arts Cloud nesting dies to cut three different size clouds. I glued those to the inner side of the window. This is a shadow box, so you want some elements to be forward to create those shadows. I took the rest of the sentiment, the part the says "Magical," and I heat embossed it in white on some black cardstock. I cut that down to a little strip and put it in the corner of the inside of the card. So the outside of the card reads "You Make My Life" and then you open the card to read "Magical."