Hello CutCardStock fans! It’s Janet here and if you’ve been visiting the blog regularly, you probably know that I enjoy using my Silhouette Cameo 4 to create 3D cards and home decor. Today I’ve made a card that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. It’s called a sliding shadow box card. It’s kind of magical. When the card is closed, it is a 5 x 7 flat card. Open the doors and the magic happens! A full 3D box card is revealed that opens up to show a scene. Amazing! Now that I’ve done this one, I discovered it was not hard and totally not as intimidating as it looks. I got this pattern from the Lori Whitlock shop. You can get the .svg file here for use in just about any cutting machine: https://shop.loriwhitlock.com/sliding-shadow-box-card-farm/

This line has the most delicious sounding names so be prepared to want something sweet after reading the supply list!


A card like this has lots of colors so I pulled out my Pop Tone cardstock from the store. This line cuts like a dream and has 24 eye-popping colors to choose from. Its 65# weight is just right to build a card like this that needs some rigidity but not so much it makes it inflexible. See the end of this post for a full list of the colors used.

There are a lot of pieces to cut out for this card. Above you can see that I have used the pieces to put together the animals and placed a red frame on the white one below. The white frame has two fold over flaps on the left and right sides which create bands to hold the doors in place. I know you can’t see that here but you will see it in a later photo.

To create the main card base, I glued tabs on each side of the door to the blue back piece. Before doing that I used Tumbled Glass Oxide ink and a cloud stencil to create a background for the animals. Before I glued the white X’s on the doors, I ran them through a woodgrain embossing folder to give them a little more dimension.

There are slits on the side of each door (as seen above). The animal inserts have tabs on each end that fit into the slits (as seen below). The deep scene is made by the inserts in the tabs and they also help the card stand up when the doors are pulled.

Then I inserted the door into the frame shown in the first photo. Here is where the bands I mentioned earlier can be seen. The barn doors slide into those bands and allow the doors to open and close. As the doors move, the inside scene pops out or collapses.

Here’s a closer look at the scene when the doors are open and the box card pops up to create a deep scene. Cool right?!

The last thing to do is to glue the back piece that is cut in white cardstock to the back side of the blue cardstock. This give is more stability to stand and can also be used to include your message to the recipient. I also added the Moo-velous sentiment to the front of the card.

I think this card is so stinkin’ cute and also pretty easy to construct. It actually took more time to cut all the pieces than it did to put it together. It’s so fascinating how a flat card can suddenly open to a long and deep card!

So who do you know who would find instant joy in a card like this one? There are many other themes in Laurie Whitlock’s store. I know I’m going to be buying more of these patterns for gift giving and my craft fair booth. They definitely have a big delight factor to those that open up the card. Stop by the store to get all the cardstocks you need to make it happen! The Pop Tone line is on sale through the whole month of June so you can stock up.

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Janet Axtman - SugarShine Designs

My passion is to teach and inspire others in the same way that I've been inspired by so many others over the years. I enjoy using electronic paper cutters to create cards and 3D projects of all types. Stamping, coloring and designing is my happy place. Join me over at my Blog or at my YouTube Channel.