How To Make A Cardstock Shadow Box Frame

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Sometimes I’ve found it challenging to find Shadow Box frames in stock as they’ve become so popular. Other times, when shipping a gift, I may not want to worry if the glass will break or add to the weight of my package. It’s sometimes nice to make a frame from cardstock. With this easy-to-use pattern, you’ll be able to whip up a rectangular frame quickly.

This design was born out of requests from my Facebook group. I previously designed a square shadow box frame (find it HERE), and last week received requests for a rectangle version.

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How to Cut and Assemble a Rectangle Shadow Box Frame

Included in the download will be two SVG cut files. One with perforated cut lines in the pattern for those who do not have a scorings stylus or scoring wheel. The second SVG includes solid score lines for those who use a style or scoring wheel.

The photo above shows the three layers included in the Perforated Line Frame SVG. Note: the blue rectangle is an optional piece that can be cut from Acetate to act as a window in place of glass.

When using the perforated cut version, no updates are needed in Design Space, and you can click “Make It.”

If using the scoreline version of the frame, you’ll need to follow a few easy steps to prep the scorelines before you’ll be ready to “Make It.”

Once the frame has been uploaded, click Ungroup.

Screenshot of Cricut Design Space with direction to select acetate layer

The blue rectangle represents the “window” of the frame which you could cut from Acetate. If you’d like to skip the acetate and have an open frame, that layer can also be hidden.

Screenshot of Cricut Design Space showing how to select score line.

Next, select the line on the frame that will be the fold-line shown in the photo above. Once the line is selected, change the operation function from cut to Score.

Screenshot of Cricut Design Space showing how to attach score line

The last step for the top of the frame will be to select both the score line and the frame and click Attach. By doing this, you’re telling Design Space that you want the scorelines to be on that portion of the frame.

Repeat the scoreline steps for the bottom portion of the frame. Then you’re ready to “Make It.”

Both versions are sized so that they will cut with the opening of the viewable window sized at 5″x7″.

I cut the frame in the photos below from Cricut Kraft board. It will be more sturdy with heavyweight cardstock or Kraft Board. It’s also possible to cut it from 65 lb. Recollection Cardstock.

Once ready to cut the frame, use a brayer to adhere the paper to the mat. I always recommend using a brayer as it reduces paper slipping, thus causing tears while cutting.

Once cut, turn the mat upside down on your work surface and gently bend the mat away from the paper.

Cricut Acetate Sheets are perfect to create a clear window for the Shadow Box Frame.

Prior to cutting Cricut Acetate Sheets, remove the protective plastic piece from both the front and back of each sheet of acetate. The protective sheet keeps the acetate from having little scratches in the packaging.

Once the top and bottom of the box frame are cut, fold and create along the score or perforated lines.

I use Crafter’s Tape to adhere the corners to save time. Liquid glue is also a good option. I find the Crafter’s Tape quick and easy with no dry time!

If using the optional Acetate as a window on your frame, run the Craft Tape along the inside border of the frame.

Place the acetate rectangle on the top of the frame and press down to adhere the craft tape along the edges.

Repeat the fold and adhere the corners on the bottom piece of the Box Frame.

You did it! A quick and easy frame for your next project.

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4 Comments

  1. This is so clever! Thank you for sharing. I’m probably going to make these obsessively for a while! 🙂

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