5 x 7″ Shadow Box Frame
Materials to make 5 x7 ” Shadow Box Frame :
12 x 12 ” card stock
Score Board and scoring tool
Long blade scissors or any sharp scissors
Double sided adhesive
Cut card stock to 10 x 12 “. If you would like a hand stamped pattern or design on your frame, now is the time to add it.
Score all four sides at – 1/2″ , 1″, 1-1/2″, 2″
Score at 2-1/2″ and 9-1/2″ with the 12″ edge at the top of the score board, rotate 180 degrees and repeat.
On short side – 10 ” edge Left hand side of the card stock cut at the last vertical score line up to the last horizontal score line. Onto the right hand side of the card stock repeat by cutting up the first vertical score line to the last horizontal score mark.
Rotate 180 degrees and repeat this on the other 10″ side. Remember you will have four cut marks all stopping at the last horizontal score mark.
Working on the long or 12 ” sides. Cut at the short score marks that only go to the second horizontal score lines ( these were added last at 2-1/2″ and 9-1/2″ respectively).
Cut one short score mark at a time , once you have reached the second horizontal score line cut diagonally from the corner of the second score line up to the corner of the third score line and then straight up to the forth score line, this final cut will remove the corner. Refer to the photo on the left hand side for clarification on the diagonal cut. Repeat this to the end of this side.
Once all four corners are removed, your piece should look like the image on the right.
Fold and burnish all score lines, making sure to fold them straight and burnish them straight.
With the card stock face down add double sided adhesive tape just below the first score line on all four sides. The tape should be as close as you can get it to the score mark, without placing the tape over. Flip the card stock over , working on the right side , place tape adhesive on the diagonal cut line (between score line three and four).
Return to the backside. Working on the short side ( the side without the diagonal cut) remove the tape release paper, fold up so that there are two rows , one with tape, one without.
Making sure to keep the ends snug to the bottom of the fold, Press onto the base , (keeping the fold straight and the edge held firmly to the bottom of the reversed side when folding over).
Your folded piece should be like this , with no room between the edge and the wall of the Shadow Box Frame side inside the fold. Rotate the piece 180 degrees and repeat this on the other side without the diagonal cut.
Once you have both of the 10″ sides made into the frame sides. It is time to work on the last two sides.
With the right side up and working on the tape attached to the diagonal cut, fold the release paper of the tape ( at the third score line ) out to the side so that you can pull it off later. Do this to both sides at one end at a time. Carefully remove the backing of tape adhesive at the first score line.
This time only fold over one row, not two as we did on the short side. Keeping the end tucked firmly to the bottom and back of the second score line, fold over, pull up until you have two score rows and one score line between the fold line and bottom and press down on the base. Keep the piece straight as you go.
Remove the tape release paper from the diagonal cuts on both sides of this new frame side. One side at a time tuck the short side frame matching the mitre of the corner snuggly, once your happy with it press down on the diagonal cut edge. The tape will hold it in place. Now move to the other edge , tuck in to short side frame and one you’ve moved the side and bottom to form a snug corner press the diagonal cut to hold the pieces together. Rotate 180 degrees and complete the other side. Removing the release paper on the diagonal cut, half way folding the release paper to hang off of the edge so that you can remove it later. Remove the backing of the tape just before the first score line. Fold over ( just one row) at the first score line ( don’t stick it down yet), bend this to fold two score lines down, keeping this straight, press the taped edge into the shadow box base. Remove the release paper at one side of the diagonal cut and tuck the side under the diagonal cut edge. Bring the edges together to form a snug mitre and press the diagonal edge down to press the tape onto the frame.
You now have one frame edge left. Remove the release paper and join the edges as you have on the other three corners. The 5 x 7″ Shadow Box Frame is now complete.
Here is a video that shows the process.