Saturday, August 3, 2013

MCT Designer Challenge

The summer theme for this challenge was timed perfectly since I just completed a shadow box using our family portrait taken at the beach in Sea Isle City, NJ.  This is one of my first attempts at mixed media, and it turned out better than I thought it would.

I wanted the photo to look distressed to go with the background paper, so I used a wire brush and a distressing tool around the edges. And yes, since this picture was taken by a photographer I sat looking at it for a long time before taking a wire brush, and distressing tool to it. I'm not quite sure what I would have done if it didn't turn out well since it was the only copy I had.

The "sand" at the bottom of the frame is torn sandpaper from my husband's tool stash.

The hardest part for me was finding the correct adhesive to hold the non-paper items to the shadow box.  I ended up using my glue gun even though I always get glue everywhere, and burn myself.  It did the job, and I only burned one finger.

Well, onto my next project.  I think I'll use canvas this time. Thanks for visiting!!


  1. Wow! What a beautiful picture and a great shadow box too! Thanks for joining us in the My Creative Time ~ Designer Challenge. :)

  2. GREAT layout and picture, all the details are perfect!!!!Thanks for joining us in the My Creative Time/Designer Challenge!!!:)

  3. What a wonderful shadowbox and a great family picture to use inside of it. The wood paneling paper is a perfect backdrop and I love all the elements that you added to it at the bottom. Thanks for playing along with us for the Summer Themed Designer Challenge at My Creative Time!!