First try at a shadow box card

I recently spent some time on Jennifer McQuire's Youtube channel and came across her tutorial to make a shadow box card. I knew I had to try it and what better theme than this time's House Mouse Challenge?

I used two images from the Very Mice Coloring Book to make up the different mousey images that I needed for this project. I colored each image with my Prismacolor pencils, using the coloring guide that I had created for the different mice. Once all the images were colored, I fussy cut them out.

I arranged two on the front of the card with some of the school supply elements included in the image. I inked the front of the card with Memento inks, mini ink blending tools and also used a brick stencil to show the red brick school building. I printed the sentiment out on my computer and cut it with a stitched label die.

The inside or box section of the card has the background inked again with Memento inks and a mini ink blending tool. I placed my colored images into the shadow box at three different levels. One is glued directly onto the background, one is popped up on foam tape and the third one was added directly to the back of the window with the pencil pointing into the sentiment banner.

These cute images are also colored with my Prismacolor colored pencils and were fussy cut out of the coloring book image.

The 3D effect achieved with the shadow box card is so much fun and rather unexpected since it lies flat and fits into an notecard envelope when closed.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Prismacolor pencils
White gel pens
Memento inks
Stitched label and oval dies


  1. Gorgeous card Monica!! absolutely stunning inside and out! The images are all adorable and I love how you made a 3D shadow box for the inside!! FABULOUS!!! :-)

    Thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends Challenge 🐰
    Lols x x x

  2. Oh this is just gorgeous, great stamps and awesome colours used. Thanks so much for entering into our Anything Goes option theme BACK TO SCHOOL current challenge and good luck in the draw. .
    {aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends ♥ HOUSE MOUSE

  3. Ganz wundervoll! Danke daß du bei der Stempelsonne mitmachst.
    LG Dreja

  4. gorgeous Monica
    Gr Karin


    Thank you for playing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
    Goodluck and hope we see you again.

    Gr Karin DT Member

  5. I love this shadow box card! What a wonderful way to represent the "classroom of life." Superb coloring, too!

  6. This is fantastic. I would love to see you again in our crafty addicts challenges ^_^

    Zahraa (Crafty Addicts DT member)

  7. Awwww Monica gorgeous sweet Back to school creation... love your colouring so creative awesome take on the option theme.

    Thanks for sharing with us @ House Mouse & Friends Mon chall.

    mousey hugs Christine xx

  8. Amazing Card! Like the housemous-stamps you used! Really wonderful!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Kreativ-Tanten and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.


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  9. LOVE how you used all the different little mice for your card. The brick is wonderful and the inside scene has he best colors! Thanks for joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  10. Das ist ein klasse Werk geworden und Du hast es ganz bezaubernd umgesetzt. Hab ganz lieben Dank für Deine Teilnahme bei der Stempelsonne

    Liebe Grüße
    Deine Vanessa

  11. Very very cool :)
    Thanks for joining us at the Kreativtanten Challenge.
    Greetings Andrea