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« on: December 22, 2012 08:00:37 PM »

Paper crafting scares me: I have next-to-zero-confidence in myself to come out with anything decent. So, when something turns out half-way decent (according to my standards which, as you'd expect, aren't very high) I'm pretty happy.


I made this for a swap partner based on the fairy tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon". In it (spoiler alert) the polar bear takes the girl to his castle and eventually turns into a prince. In this scene the hills are each cut separately and mounted on foam, as is the bear and rider. I painted the paper with sealer (and glitter for the bear/rider) for shine.


This was a One Tiny Thing swap with the max size being 4 inches. I couldn't find a shadowbox that small so here's were I started feeling okay about this project, although I know it's far from perfect. I went to the craft store and bought a 4" paper mache box with lid. I added the swirly detail to the sides of the lid with a toothpick dipped in Elmer's gel glue, painted over that plus the back and inside, sealed it and mounted the cut scene inside. Then I cut out the bottom of the box itself with an exacto knife, cut the middle of that out, painted and sealed the back, mounted it with superglue, built up the edges with more Elmers, painted it black (yeah, that song was going through my mind a lot) and sealed it.

On the back is a hanging bracket. I love superglue.  Smiley

It is not anywhere near the level you paper crafters get up to, I know, but c&c are always welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2012 07:25:46 AM »

Anytime you put so much effort into something that is out of your comfort, especially for someone else, it's fabulous in my book....what's that saying? It's the thought that counts? Not  only that, calabaza, but it turned out pretty cool, anyway!
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2012 06:39:35 AM »

Thanks so much, johnsom.mom2two!  Kiss
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2012 06:29:37 AM »

I loved that story. And I love your shadow box too.  That is exactly how I imagined her riding off on her polar bear prince.  I'd also love to see a set of these which includes the trials she went through to get him back.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2012 09:55:25 AM »

lol I love challenging my swap partners!  Grin It's very rare that I ask for something specific because I think I get better swap stuff when I leave it to my partner to make me something awesome. It really worked this time! I love this shadowbox!  Cheesy

I like that it is minimalistic and it goes very well with the other black framed artwork on my walls. I also love that you chose my favorite fairy tale to make this OTT. Thanks again Calabaza!  Cheesy
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