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. These are beautiful cards, Jennifer. I love the shadow box idea. I will definitely take this idea along with me and create my own version!! Thanks so much for sharing. Bummed I missed out on the kit and fingers crossed that I win!!!!

  2. Such neat ideas. This kit is amazing and sold out quickly. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiring ideas.

  3. This seaside stampset is stunning! reminds me of the days when I went “yachting” with my parents as a kid. I would love to make a card for my dad with this stamp set.

  4. Sure wish I was a little quicker be cause I really want this kit. Jennifer, your card ideas are so pretty and different. I wait daily for new videos.,and especially the monthly Hero Arts kits. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

  5. Love, love, love these cards!! My daughter is studying to be a marine scientist and the ocean themed kit would be perfect to make cards for her while away at college. Will definitely try the shadow box style. I really love these cards!

  6. I love the cards you made with this kit! Makes me long for the beach. Can’t wait to get this kit.

  7. What an amazing shadow box technique! Love the beach scene and all the little images you used Jennifer. Fantastic kit! I love every singe piece, which is unusual for me. Great colors and scenes. Love, love, love!

  8. This is the neatest stamp set i have ever seen. Cards are just beautiful. First time i wanted to spend the money on a set and of course sold out. Yikes. Frustrating.

  9. I love this! Always looking for new ways to do cards. Would absolutely love to get my hands on this kit!

  10. Absolutely love this technique, so excited to give it a try. I was very bummed out when I went to order the kit and found it was sold out, it must have went fast!!

  11. I was lucky enough to order a kit yesterday morning, and I can’t wait to get it and make your shadow box cards.

  12. Oh I LOVE this kit! We are beach oriole all the way. And I need this to make cards for my family! I love that you said Hero Arts will reimburse the kit if we win and have already bought it, because I’m headed to buy it now! Hope it’s not sold out!

  13. This is such a fun card style and I’ve never tried it before! Will definitely be trying it now! I fell in love with this kit after seeing your video but the kit has sold out (sad face). Maybe I will be lucky enough to win! Thanks so much for always inspiring us with your creativity and videos!

  14. Thank you so much for showing the example with the pool cardstock! I got mixed up with the white on white version but the two colors really clarified it for me.

  15. Love this Shadow Box card. Thanks for the clear tutorial on how to do it. Can’t wait to get into my studio to use this technique to make a Birthday card for my grandson.

  16. These shadow box cards are amazing! Thanks for sharing this–I need to make a Birthday card this week and I think it’s going to be one of these shadow box cards. This kit looks so fun–HA has great kits!

  17. Awesome kit. Love the stamps and dies. So many different ways to put them together. Beautiful samples above – thanks for the ideas. GREAT!

  18. I am in love with this kit! Absolutely stunning and your cards are gorgeous with them! i’d love to win this set!

  19. Really great cards. Thanks for the how to video. I hope this isn’t sold out already…

  20. I am so inspired right now! Thank you so much for the shadow box tutorial and what a perfect kit! My fave card is the 2nd one. The beach, the ocean + green-trees islands, definitely my Happy Place!!

  21. These cards are phenomenal!! And this kit is amazing!! I can’t wait to try these cards! Thank you for always inspiring others and kudos to hero arts for such magnificent products!!

  22. Wow….I wanna grab a towel and head to the beach! Your work is always inspiring. Thank you for sharing. I am eagerly awaiting my kit so I can try my hand at a shadow box card.

  23. Thank you for the chance to win. My boys love sharks and I just showed my son the “have a killer birthday” card and it made him smile. 🙂

  24. This technique is fabulous and I will try it out today. I wish I could get the kit but it’s sold out already.

  25. I love the beach! And this set really sends me back to splashing waves and sunny days.
    I was to late to order it! So here’s to trying to win one.

  26. Getting my first ever kit this month and I‘m sooooo excited! Thanks to you I discovered it! So thanks dir that!

  27. Just when I think you can’t top yourself, Jennifer, you do! Awesome tutorial. So kind to those of us who are constructionally challenged! Very thorough and patient video. Such beautiful cards! But I missed the kit😩! Sold out so quickly!

  28. Like everyone else I do hope to win because they are sold out already. I went to buy it and it was not available 🙁

  29. I absolutely love that kit and wish I would have ordered in time to get one! That ocean stamp is just too perfect & I love how you turned the clouds into islands! Awesome job again Jennifer!

  30. I loved your shadow box cards they were very inspirational and creative. l can’t wait to try the shadow box The June Hero Arts kit is very cute. Thanks for the video.

  31. I love your shadow box cards but wish there was a PDF with all the dimensions, etc. I watched what you did but not sure that I could create one from the video. Wouldn’t those cards open some eyes!!!!

  32. I am so in love with this idea by far the most interesting and exciting for me to try with this kit and past kits. Thank you for sharing this video.

  33. I’ve never seen this type of card before. Thanks for teaching me something new! Can’t wait to try it out! Loved your cards, especially the shark one – so fun.

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