Let your dreams take flight – mini shadow altered box

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A mixed media mini shadow box that was made out of a recycled battery pack box for an IPhone, stash of embellishments and texture-giving embellishments from the thrift store. This is a good way to get rid of your own stash and upcycling them into home decors!

I love how this turned out! I was inspired by a lot of shadow box mini box projects that I have watched made by other mixed media artists.

Supply list for this project:


  • A box to be upcycled.


  • Black Demco Gesso 1000mL C$20.49 from Deserres
  • Alternative Gesso for S9.00*

Prima – Art Basics – Heavy Gesso – Black – 8.5 Ounces


  • Liquitex Heavy Gloss Gel medium. Bought this tub at Michaels but here’s a link to Amazon for pricing. If you wanted a glossy look, this is a great option.
  • E6000® PERMANENT CRAFT ADHESIVE, 2.0 OZ. at Michaels. Choose the transparent one. Warning: this is an industrial type of adhesive and has a strong odor. I would not totally recommend this one unless a gel medium is not working for you.
  • Heavy gel mediums are great for adhering 3D embellishments such as flowers, die cuts, chipboards and some metallic ones.

Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces

  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue 16oz at Walmart for CA$ 8.97. I think this doesn’t dry as clear as I want but it’s a great alternative to gel mediums. You just have to experiment on the durability when using with heavier embellishments.


First Layer: Background layer

  • Torn Cardstock 
  • Cardboard ridges
  • Laser cut chipboards
  • Vintage keys that have been in my stash for a long time. 
  • Any bracelets that you don’t use anymore
  • Swirlies. Make your own by using Prima Moulds:
  • Unique trinkets from the thrift store
  • Jute 
  • White flowers. Always get white ones because they are easier to color them with the scheme that you are going for. The dollar store artificial flowers are also great to buy from.

Second layering: Focal point

  • Fuzzy cut blue and black butterfly from the cardstock that I bought from Michaels.
Scrapbook paper from Michaels, on sale for C$12.00
  • Sentiment of your choice.

third layer:  texture pastes

  • Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste at Micheals for CA$34.99 16oz. Although you can get them for a certain % off from their store coupons like this one.
  • Cheaper texture paste from Scrapbook.com
  • Stone Paste from Finnabair

Acrylic Paints

  • Craftsmart Holiday Green
  • DecoArt Metallic paint Ice Blue
  • White Gesso that was used for highlighting
  • Craftsmart Brown
  • Craftsmart Multi Surface paint Aquamarine
  • Craftsmart Blue

*All Acrylic paints were purchased from Michaels*

Finishing layer

  • Heavy Gloss Gel medium. Bought this tub at Micheals but here’s a link to Amazon for pricing. If you wanted a glossy look, this is a great option.
  • The Finnabair art basics is a great product and a bit cheaper than my Liquitex.

That is all! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to comment! Thank you for reading and watching my vid!

*Affiliate link from Scrapbook.com - should you purchase the product using my link, I might be receiving a small commission based on your purchase. My links will never affect the prices of the products. What I earn will be allocated to improving my content and buying better equipment for better video quality.

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