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Golden Shadow Box

A special way to light up the holidays.

At a Glance:

#3964 Skill Level: Beginner Time:
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This project features these great brands:

  • Liquid Leaf Logo

FolkArt ® Metallics - Royal Gold, 2 oz. - 2480

Number Needed: 1 $2.69
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Plaid ® Craft Stencils - Value Packs - Blanks - 30502

Number Needed: 1 $3.99
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FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Pure Gold, 2 oz. - 4033

Number Needed: 1 $3.49
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Liquid Leaf ® - Classic - 6110

Number Needed: 1 $7.99
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Plaid ® Wood Surfaces - Frames - 4-Way Memory Frame - 97870

Number Needed: 1 $10.89
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Other Supplies

Victorian alphabet stencil (3-1/2"), Pencil, Craft knife, Masking Tape ¼”, Paper towels, Cutting board, Clear glass Christmas ball, Sheer gold ribbon ¼”, Screw eye, Small battery operated tea light, Artist brush- #12 flat, Fine lining brush or a ruling pen, Stencil brush


  1. Remove wood behind glass, this will not be used. Remove glass and set aside for later.
  2. Basecoat the inside and outside of the box and lid with Classic Gold Liquid Leaf, let dry and apply a second coat as needed. Allow to dry completely. 
  3. On the front of the box, use masking tape to place evenly spaced, slanted strips down each side of the frame. Align the first piece with the miter line in the corner of the frame. Use brush to paint in between the tape lines with the Royal Gold. Remove the tape carefully.
  4. Use the masking tape to outline the routed edges of the box on the edge of the lid and the rim of the base; refer to the photo for placement. Paint these areas with the Royal Gold. Remove the tape carefully. 
  5. Use the “M” and the “C” from the Victorian Alphabet Stencil for the front piece of glass. Stencil the “C” first with Pure Gold and let dry. Stencil “M” with Classic Gold Liquid Leaf. Let dry. 
  6. Use either a fine liner brush or a Ruling Pen and the Classic Gold Liquid Leaf to finish the words Merry Christmas. 
  7. Place pattern behind stencil blank and use craft knife to cut out. The two sections layer to create the finished tree. On three glass squares stencil one template in Pure Gold and let dry. Then use the second stencil to fill in with Classic Gold Liquid Leaf. Let dry completely. 
  8. Lay glass squares on paper towels, tree side down. Use a pencil end and the Classic Gold Liquid Leaf to stamp gold dots on the tree. Refer to the photo for placement. Allow to dry completely then gently clean each glass and place each into the box section with the dots facing out. 
  9. Place the eye screw in the center of the inside of the lid to hold the clear glass ornament. 
  10. Fill ornament with ribbon. Paint the top gold. Use pencil and Classic Gold Liquid Leaf to apply dots over the outside surface of the clear glass ball. Allow to dry. Use a small 10” piece of the same ribbon to hang the ball onto the eye screw that’s in the center portion of the lid. • Hint: you can use a tea light for the inside of the box for a highlighted effect. Painted the base of the light with the Classic Gold Liquid Leaf.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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