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. Well once again you continue to amaze me!! I was on my phone during my lunch break waiting for 1:00 to order this kit!!! This by far is the most amazing best kit going. I love love the beach and it’s one of the reasons I moved to FL last yr!!! Jennifer I adore the box Cards and I can’t wait to give it a try!! Thanks so much for your beautiful cards and great tutorials 🌴🙋🏻🌴. Gayle in FL

  2. You really make the most wonderful cards. I am super excited about this release. I live in Florida, so beaches are really our thing. I can’t wait to get my hands on this release.

  3. So love these stamp sets especialy the June kit by Hero Arts. Anxious to try this with these stamps.

  4. Unreal kit from Hero Arts! I’ve seen some great cards and your cards, Jennifer, are at the top! Thank you.

  5. I headed to as soon as I watched the video using this June kit. But it’s already sold out! I’d love to win it!

  6. I enjoyed this new technique, so sad that I missed the kit this month. Jennifer, I KNEW that scene was the BVIs as soon as I saw you add the islands! My favorite spot, too!

  7. Wonderful technique & your video helped dispell the mystery. Thanks so much for the repeated demo. Your cards are so fun.

  8. These are fantastic cards!!! You are so very talented. The shadow box inside the card is such a creative idea!

  9. What an amazing kit! I I was unable to purchase my own as it sold out, but there are so many great ideas. I would love to get my hands on this while I’m deployed out at sea. Much love from a girl in the military Hero Arts! <3

  10. I was not aware Hero Arts had kits. This is great. Can’t wait to try it out. I love your videos. Very inspiring,

  11. Whaaaa…I was too late to get the kit sold out ASAP. Oh well, maybe I’ll get lucky and win one?! Love this technique and the older killer shark is a hoot. Gullfriend, lol!

  12. This kit is fantastic! My favorite so far. I love the cards you created – they are beautiful. So excited to get the kit and add ons and start creating!! Thank you!

  13. This is such a fun card design! And all the variations you made are wonderful. I love the colors you used to make the great scenes. Thanks for showing us how to make them in your video!

  14. Wow! I’ve watched you create cards for YEARS but I’ m not sure I’ve ever seen you create something like this! So cool to see shadowboxes for cards…Thanks for the tutorial!


  15. Love love all of these. I love the writing in the sand most. I will have to try some of these.

  16. Hi Jennifer!
    I love all the cards you made. But my absolute favorite is the shark one. Da dum da dum da dum! I grew up with the ‘Jaws” movie franchise and still can’t swim in deep water in the ocean. Lol.
    Thanks for sharing this technique and can’t wait to make some cards with it!

  17. Wow! Love this kit… and I love what you’ve done with it! Shadow Box cards – so clever!! Thank you for sharing!

  18. These are so cute. I live by the ocean, and am always on the lookout for cool ocean scenes for my cardmaking. As soon as I saw this June kit, I went to buy it, and it is sold out! Darn!

  19. I am so excited about this stamp kit and this fantastic technique. I struggle with masculine cards and this has the WOW factor I have wanted for my cards to the men in my life. Thanks so much for all you do. Have a wonderful summer.

  20. Love, love, love this set. So sad it has already sold out! You create the most beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

  21. These are so fun and clever! Thanks for your awesome video showing how to make your great cards. Love these ideas!!

  22. Wow!! You’ve outdone yourself with these cute shadow box cards! I can’t even pick a favorite, lol! Im so happy I acted quick and purchased the kit before it sold out! Thanks for your time and hard work that go into these video tutorials….I, as well as many others, truly appreciate them!!!

  23. These are amazing and so much fun. Making some of these will be my project while spending time at the beach. I think the “Gullfriend” card would be perfect to use to invite a few friends for a girls weekend.

  24. What wonderful ideas for cards. A real surprise when you open the card. Thanks for such creative ideas

  25. Those shadow box are so cool! You always have such great ideas. This kit is really nice and has so many fun things and some special ones like that sand embossing powder.

  26. I love the shark one…and the seagull… really all. I love the beach so guess I need this set. Love your videos!

  27. Hello Jennifer,
    I love all the ideas you have, but the way you used the clouds backwards to create the islands, AMAZING, Your creativity is Awesome, and I have to say I’m a fan of hero arts and of course you to.

  28. Note to future self:
    Congratulations on your excellent hindsight actually picking up on the cues that Jennifer McGuire left telling you how awesome the monthly card kits from hero arts is. You are a genius for pre ordering the kit last week. Jennifer is such a talented artist and any tips that you can pick up from her will only be to your benefit. Once again Jennifer hit a home run and knocked it outside of the ballpark.

  29. Hi Jennifer…I am in awe of your endless talent…just totally love these cards…I wish I could afford this kit but the postage makes it too exy for me….Awesome kit especially as I live near the beach here in Oz….Thank you for sharing 😍

  30. Fantastic! Not only are your cards beautiful but they are cute, fun and just filled with happiness.

  31. I really love what you have done. with these cards! Just lovely. I am so excited to try some of the ideas. Thank you

  32. A-mazing stamp collection…and equally amazing cards, Jennifer. The writing in the sand with the footprints…and the sand embossing are the ‘icing’ on the cake (or card). These make backgrounds a breeze!

  33. Wow, love those cards so much! Thank you for the shadow box inspirations…very clever. I went ahead to the Hero Arts website right away after watching your video but too bad this set is already sold out. Really wish that I can play with this set:(

  34. I must say you out done yourself with this new Hero art monthly kit!!
    This is my favorite kit and loved how you use the item to make all the cards!!
    I also want to Thank you in showing us step by step instruction to make a
    pop up card with various front cut out’s It’s hard to decided do I want a new
    stamp & dies set or dies for new card designs. Can not wait to play with this
    set & my mermaid/mermen and sea creatures!!!

  35. Wow! Such incredible cards with this amazing kit. Thanks so much for all the information you provide in your videos – you are so inspiring.

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