Inside Shadow Box Cards + GIVEAWAY

Hello. I am really excited to share today’s video with you! I show a few ways to create “inside shadow box cards”. The cards look normal from the outside but when you open it? A shadow box pops up!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

This is such fun to create cards with a surprise inside! And these shadow box cards are easy to make. To learn the process and the dimensions used, please watch the video. It is better to see in action then to share in text.

For all of most of my cards, I used the new Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Arts Kit. This is an *amazing* set that will sell out fast! (More on it below.) Such beautiful images.

I kept the front of my cards simple since the inside has so much to offer. On this first card, I white heat embossed images from the Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Arts Stamp Set and used a VersaMarker Pen to draw waves.

And when you open the card, you see a fun shadow box inside! Lots of dimension. I cut the window with a die from the Hero Arts Oval Infinity Dies (HA |SSS) and added lots of stamping with the Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Arts Stamp Set. Those clouds are sooooo pretty…

For my next card, I again kept the outside’s design very simple. The “just a note to say” is from the Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die Set (HA | SSS).

In the inside, I used more of the images from the Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Arts Stamp Set to create a tropical scene. The islands in the distance? I made those by stamping with the back of the cloud stamps! The “hello” is heat embossed with sand embossing powder that is included in the Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Arts Kit. Oh – and I used a die from the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies (HA | SSS) to cut the window.

This next card is my favorite – the stamps are such fun! On the front, I used the Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Arts Stamp Set and Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die Set (HA | SSS) sentiment. (Oh – and I stamped the envelope flap with the Hero Arts Abstract Wave Stamp to match.)

And on the inside? I added sentiments and a seagull from the Hero Arts Seas the Day Stamp Set (HA | SSS). So cute!

My last card is also an inside shadow box card… but this time it is top folding. On the front, I create a wave element using Hero Arts Wave and Sea Confetti Die (HA | SSS) and a die from the Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (HA | SSS).

On the inside, I used the Hero Arts Killer Messages Stamp Set (HA | SSS) to create the shark and sentiment. That Hero Arts Wave and Sea Confetti Die (HA | SSS) is great for creating die cut waves!

I had SUCH fun making these. I hope you try this shadow box card design!


This post is part of a blog hop featuring the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit. This kit has a huge stamp set, dies, inks, and more! The kit value is $74… but only costs $34.99! You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

HERE is the kit. All this is valued at $72, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of the wonderfully awesome Jenn Shurkus. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)


Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 6/10/18. (To leave a comment, head to my blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Arts Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Seas the Day Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Killer Messages Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Abstract Wave Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Wave and Sea Confetti Die
[ SSS | HA ]
Hero Arts Oval Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Scor-Pal Scoring Board
[ SSS ]
Teflon Bone Folder
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS | ELH ]
Be Creative Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Shadow Inks
[ HA | SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS ]
VersaMarker Pen
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS | ELH ]

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490 thoughts on “Inside Shadow Box Cards + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Love this set. Went to purchase one and it was sold out. Very sad. I have written Hero Arts in hope. Fingers Crossed. Would love to win one.

  2. Your cards are fabulous! Love this kit, but didn’t get on time. Your work is very inspiring, keep up the work & the great inspiration!

  3. This kit makes me want to throw the kids in the card and head to the beach! The layering water stamps 💗💗💗. I have never attempted a shadow box card and now I have to give it a shot! Thank you so much Jennifer McGuire for breaking down card making techniques.!!!

  4. Your cards are fantastic!! Can’t wait to receive my kit!! I ordered the Sea gulls, you can almost hear them saying…mine, mine, mine!

  5. My happy place is the beach. Such a healing time for me and my family. Would love to send these thoughts of rest to my “beachy friends”. The kit is now out of stock so I hope you pick me!!

  6. I love every single one of these cards. Watched the video on YT! I HAVE to make some of these shadow box cards. And this kit is amazing 🙂

  7. I am so inspired by your post! I am trying to make one right now! I so love these new products, and my fingers are crossed. (Sometimes it stinks to have to budget for crafts! Ha! Ha!)
    Thanks again!!

  8. Love this card kit! Wish I would have gotten my hands on it before it sold out. Great tips on shadow box cards, will have to make one. Tahmks for your videos!

  9. Wow, I think these cards are my all time favorite of the cards you have made. I do hope Hero Arts will release some of these stamp sets for sale at a later date as they sell out so fast.

  10. I seen this set and had to order it immediately, I can’t wait to play around and design some great cards with this set, but I will diffidently be making cards that are inspired by these beautiful cards, thank you Jennifer and Hero Art.

  11. I adore this set. It was out of stock before I had a chance to order. Thank you for the Giveaway.

  12. I live by the ocean & love anything to do with it. Wish Hero Arts would make 1000 more kits so more people, like me, would have an opportunity to own it. Thanks for the great video showing how you made these cards that make my heart happy. Thanks also for the Giveaway. Oh, how I’d love to win.

  13. I am in LOVE with this set! I was born and raised in Hawaii and currently living in Texas. This is a set that takes me back home. Thank you for the post beautiful work!

  14. I absolutely love the beach! What a cute card kit! I love watching your videos and all the great styles that you use! You definitely inspire me!

  15. What a great idea! The cards look absolutely stunning! And that HA My Monthly Hero June kit looks like fun!

  16. this is so fun! i do adult foster care with elderly ladies and we love making cards. this makes it sooo easy for the ladies and fills their day with fun. Love it !

  17. I have a question, I attempted this technique. Mine did not turn out. Are you putting the double sided tape (on the back) next to the first crease (left) ? The pocket formed on the one side, but I had to rip it open to see the other side.
    Thanks for you help, Grandyathome

  18. Love the shadow boxes. Actually quite easy if you know how.
    I was watching the video during lunch and as soon as I got home I had to try it. I made two already, but “unfortunately” I am now off to a overseas holiday so i can’t do any more craft. 😉

  19. Thanks for such a fun technique!
    I have come back several times to look at it again.
    Today I think I’ll make a few for my grand daughter… Just because they love mail & I think they’ll get a kick out of the way the cards work!
    Thank you again for your attention to detail and showing the steps clearly in all the cards you make for us!!

  20. i would love to win this set! it is sold out and you can’t get the stamps anywhere! love how you did the shadow box cards!

  21. I tried to order this, but they are sold out! Wish I could get one. These are really lovely cards. If you don’t see the post right away, you lose out!

  22. Oh my goodness, these cards are wonderful! I love these shadow box cards – they look like ones I could actually see myself doing. Thanks so much for sharing these and for continuing to bring amazing art to us all. Thank you also for your clear and easy to follow tutorials.

  23. I love this card,
    is there a place were I can find written instructions and measurements for the way you made the card?
    I am new and this is my first post, maybe there is a place to look and I just don’t know where.

  24. Jennifer, quick question. Sorry if this is obvious. Why do you cut 1/2 inch off the back flap? Does it make the card open more easily? Thank you, I enjoy your techniques and ideas very much.

  25. These are so ingenious!! I love to learn something new every day. Thank you for the video and would love to win the kit!

  26. Hi Jennifer. I love your videos. Thank you for sharing your kindness.
    This might be a dumb question but what kind of paper trimmer did you use? I looked in the supplies and I didn’t see it listed. I live in Canada and hope I to find a trimmer with the numbers at the bottom of the cutter. I would appreciate any help you can give. Thanks and have a great day.

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