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Just Us Girls Challenge #524 - Photo Week - Guest Designer and Essentials by Ellen Subbing In and Porthole Shadow Box Card

When I saw the inspiration photo for the Just Us Girls Challenge I knew that Essentials by Ellen Subbing In by Brandi Kinkaid Stamps and Subbing In by Brandi Kinkaid Dies and Porthole Dies were the perfect match! Thank you Ellen for giving me these wonderful presents! And thank you to JUGS for once again having me as a guest designer!
I look forward to seeing how this photo inspires you!
Please make sure to check out all the wonderful cards the JUGS team made: Carol, Sue, Angie, Vickie, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria, and Cécile.

In case you want to make a similar shadow box card here is what I did (instructions then photo to follow).
1. Cut a piece of Canson Bristol or Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock 4 by 9 1/2 inches.
2. Ink blend your background and add splatters.  Rather than the usual splatter with water I used reinkers for my splatter so they would be dark.
3. Score the panel after ink blending at 3/4 inch and 8 3/4 inches. I score after ink blending so extra ink doesn't collect at the scoring line and I get a smoother blend.

3. Cut a piece of Canson Bristol or Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock 1 1/2 by 9 inches. Handcut some hill shapes. I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside borders as a guide for all my hill shapes and just modified them a bit. Ink blend with brown inks and score at 1/2 inch and 8 1/2 inches. My front piece is 1 1/8 inch at its highest point.
4. Cut a piece of Canson Bristol or Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock 1 3/4  by 8 1/2 inches. Handcut your hill shape, ink blend with your brown inks and then score at 1/4 and 8 1/4 inches. My back piece is 1 3/8 inches at its highest point.
5. Diecut and color all your images.  I used my Zigs.

I colored the border left by the die on most of the images except for the adorable little octopus.
6.  Cut a piece of bright blue cardstock that matches your scene 4 by 9 1/2 inches and score at 3/4 and 8 3/4 inches.
7. Die cut a window opening and you can extend the opening by die cutting twice and just sliding the die over, making sure it is lined up with your previous cut.  Make sure to leave a spot for a sentiment. I left a 3/4 inch space at the bottom for my sentiment. And the top border of the card is 3/8 inch.

8. Arrange your scene.
9. Use strong adhesive to adhere your shadow box together. I line up my 2 hillsides to one edge of the back of the shadow box, see below.  Then I fold the back part of the shadow box down.

10. Then I lay the 2 hillside pieces flat and adhere them together. 
And here is what you want to do what I am not showing in the photo below. I left a gap at the right side between the hillsides and the score line at the right of the card.  I needed to pull my card apart and move the brown hillsides farther to the right so they touched the score line.
Then I fold the back part of my shadow box down.
11. If the back of your card looks like mine did after ink blending it add a 4 by 8 inch piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I used 110 lb. for stability.
12.  Now adhere all your parts and pieces.  I used glue for most parts and 2 layers of foam tape for my yellow submarine.  And yes, I could not resist making him yellow:)

And here is a bonus card I made because I had made a practice background and liked it so much I couldn't waste it.

And please drop by the Just Us Girls Challenge  and enter your card!
And if you made it to the end, thank you for hanging in here the whole way:)

I hope you can go make a card and have fun today!

Supplies: (I do not receive affiliate incentives from these links)
Subbing In by Brandi Kinkaid Stamps 
Subbing In by Brandi Kinkaid Dies 
Porthole Dies 
Underwater Sun Rays Stencil
Woodgrain Background Stamp
My favorite Bristol Cardstock


  1. Thank you, sweet friend, for embracing my photo selection with an abundantly creative underwater scene! Your yellow submarine is fabulous; your accompanying sea creatures/background, amazing! The shadow box technique: ultra cool! Totally love every.single.feature! Your talents dazzle!
    hugs and love,

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    2. Aww, so I can thank you for the great inspiration photo and the opportunity to ink blend and pull out my underwater creatures. And your kind heart dazzles!!! xx and ❤ back!

  2. Oh my goodness, Betty, this is amazing. It has me singing and ogling your creativity at the same time.

    1. Thank you Bobby! Your kindness brings a smile to my face! xxx

  3. I could never live in a yellow submarine, but I sure did love watching you bring this phenomenal underwater scene to life, Betty! Such a fun card - and the bonus is fabulous, too!

    1. Thank you sweet friend! You are sublime!😀 xxx

  4. You realize everyone will now be singing that Beatles song after seeing your 'yellow submarine' Betty. OMG what a treasure you created here and showing every detail too. I wouldn't have the patience to even try this. What an amazing underwater scene you created. So very colourful. Love your 'extra' too. What a bonus having that background to play with also.

    1. Isn't that the joy of card making! We get to create in such different ways and it just feeds our soul! Thank you for your sweet kindness, once again!

  5. Yes, I definitely have Yellow Submarine in my head now! These are absolutely amazing! That background is gorgeous with the sunlight shining down through the water and I love all of your little fish and vegetation that the submarine is surrounded by. That octopus is darling. One fabulous underwater scene. I also love your extra card with the leftover practice background. Your talent is amazing!

    1. Sue you have been so kind. I am happy that we all can just sit down in our craft rooms or where ever we craft, and just get taken away by the process. Thank you for your kindness!

  6. Thanks for joining us this month just us girls challenge. It was a pleasure having you. A great last card I just love that submarine so cute

    1. Thank you Vicki, it has been a lot of fun! I have sure enjoyed the themes to stimulate my creativity. So many times I just sit down with a set I want to use and see where it goes, but having a theme sure brings me along in a direction I likely would not usually go. Thank you again for having me as guest!

  7. OMG! The detail photos and the tutorial you have delivered is a huge bonus along with this fabulous card! You are very, very talented and patient it appears! Fantastic!!! I am so impressed!

    1. Nancy, you make me smile. Just ask my husband how patient I am sometimes, lol. But I guess, yes, doing a bit of fiddly stuff is okay with me. I have lived my life rushing, but then I got sick I don't and can't really rush much anymore. Let's just say I am not a quilter, but card making is just right! Thank you for your kindness, once again.

  8. What a clever and cute shadow box! I LOVE that yellow submarine! And your bonus card is adorable as well! Thanks for being such a great guest this month at Just Us Girls!

    1. Thank you Lisa! And thank you for being such a wonderful hostess with JUGS! It has been a lot of fun!

  9. What a super creative take on the inspiration photo! This shadow box is absolutely amazing!


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