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Pop-Up Shadow Box Cards

Hello! Today I am sharing a fun pop-up shadow box card design. I have lots of examples for you to show that you can do this technique with many products you likely already have.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[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.]

I have shared my version of shadow box cards in the past. (You can see the video HERE.) However, today I have a different version! This shadow box is designed to pop up and give dimension upon taking it out of the envelope. Each card varies a bit in the design, so I encourage you to watch the video for dimensions and how-to info.

My first card measures at normal 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ when flattened. But when it comes out of the envelope, it pops up to show layers of deep dimension. I used Hero Arts Cardstock (on all of today’s examples) and Hero Arts Oval Infinity Dies (SSS | HA) to form a window on the front. I added a piece stamped with the new Hero Arts Bubbles Stamp (SSS | HA) on the inside and a Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit sentiment across the front.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The fish and leaves are from the Hero Arts Pet Goldfish Stamp Set (SSS | HA). Aren’t they the cutest?

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can see here that the middle fish is floating in the middle of the card. I did that with a little piece of acetate. (Watch the video!)

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see how the card is scored and folded to create “springs” on the side. These flatten when in an envelope… but pop up when taken out.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

… and it fits in an envelope nicely…

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card is a bit of a variation of the last. This time the sides stick out a bit when the card is flattened… and it pops up with a bit less dimension. I added a piece cut with the new Hero Arts Fish and Bubbles Confetti Die (SSS | HA) to the front and used the Hero Arts Fishy Stamp & Dies (SSS | HA) for the rest.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Both of the fish are “floating” in the window… thanks to two small pieces of acetate.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see the sides of the card. This is a bit different than the last card.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And, again, this flattens and fits nicely into a regular envelope.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next card is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ when flattened. I used the Hero Arts Goldfish in a Bowl Dies (SSS | HA) to cut a window on the front and to add a die cut to the inside. I stamped the Hero Arts Ocean Waves Stamp (SSS | HA) onto the die cut and added a sentiment from the Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit. The leaves and fish are from the Hero Arts Betta Fish Stamp Set (SSS | HA). I added the fish with a Mini Action Wobbler so it wiggles and moves!

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen to the fish for a bit of sparkle.

Here you can see the “springs” I formed on the sides in order for it to pop up when taking it out of the envelope.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last example uses dies and stamps from the new Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit. This aquarium die is perfect for this pop-up shadow box technique! I added acetate to the window to mimic glass and to add support.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The inside features a piece created with Distress Oxide Ink blending… and a bit of Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit stamping.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This design works great with window dies like this one.

Pop Up Shadow Box Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BLOG HOP & KIT

This post is part of a blog hop featuring the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March Kit. I am crazy about ocean themes and this one does not disappoint. The kit value is $76 (!!!!)… 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 $76, 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 Debit Adams! You can find her HERE.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Hero Arts products which were received from the company with no expectation. 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 March My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Pet Goldfish Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Betta Fish Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Fishy Stamp & Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Bubbles Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Ocean Waves Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Fish and Bubbles Confetti Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Goldfish in a Bowl Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Oval Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Hues Cardstock
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Acetate Clear Cards
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Shadow Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Distress Oxide Inks
[ SSS | ELH ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Sponge Daubers
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Mini Action Wobblers
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Be Creative Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Altenew Adhesive
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Adhesive Eraser
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS ]
Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen
[ SSS ]
Scor-Buddy
[ SSS | ELH ]
Micropore Tape
[ SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]