I’ve always found stained glass fascinating and beautiful. When planning my design and blog post for this Easter week, it came to me. I wanted to create a design that would look like a stained glass window.
I have to admit, I’m really pleased how the design turned out. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy project. The beauty of the finished project certainly doesn’t show through the photographs.
The cross is pretty even without lights illuminated.
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Materials Needed For Stained Glass Cross Shadow Box
- Assorted Colors 65lb. 8.5×11″ Cardstock
- Shadow Box – I used an 8″x10″ frame.
- 3D Zots
- Crafter’s Tape
- Fairy Lights
- Light grip mat (blue) for plain cardstock
- Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine
- Design #134 – Layered Stained Glass Cross SVG – The free cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).
How To Cut And Assemble The Layered Stained Glass Cross
Download the Free SVG from my Freebie Vault.
Once in Design Space, click upload.
Click Upload Image
Navigate to the unzipped SVG file.
Once back to the Upload screen, click the design to select it. There will be a thin green frame around the design. Then click Insert Image.
At this point, if the design needs to be resized for your frame or project, you may change the size on this main canvas. Then click Make It!
Select the material size appropriate for your paper. Then click Continue.
Set the material. If using fairy lights. I recommend cardstock to be 65lbs. or less so that the lights will shine through the paper.
At this point, you’re ready to load your mat to the machine and tap the Go button.
Use a brayer when placing paper on the mat will greatly reduce tearing.
Once cut, remove the paper from the mat. I recommend turning the mat upside down so that the paper is against your work surface and gently bend the mat away from the paper while holding it flat. This helps reduce curling and ripping.
Once all layers are cut, it’s time to assemble. The fun thing about this design is it’s easy to layer as the middle layer order doesn’t matter. I used a bit of double-sided crafter’s tape between the layers to keep them lined up.
The fairy lights are spread evenly placed along the cross.
Once the lights are place, insert the layers in your frame. Then add the bottom layer to cover up the zots.
The wire is thin enough that there is no need to make a hole in the back of the frame. Carefully close the frame with the wire along the edge.
I used painter’s tape to secure the battery pack. This is for ease of changing the battery later.
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