August 10, 2022
This summer marks my third anniversary married to my wonderful husband. I’ll spare you all the details - but we were married a few hours before a Dead and Company show in 2019, and celebrated with our more adventurous friends at the show after our reception. Clearly - we are both Deadheads!
My dress was a gorgeous Tadashi Shoji wedding gown, hand painted to match my hippie theme by Taylor Ann Art @canvasbridal. The embroidered flowers on the dress were painted a gorgeous purple, with painted ombre accents of bright red, orange and yellow.
I decided to make a shadow box wedding couple for our “Wedding Wednesday” blog, with the colors of our wedding. I think this is a great idea for a friend’s anniversary gift. Here is a picture of my gorgeous wedding dress, which was used as my inspiration!
To get started, I purchased the Design File for a Wedding Couple Shadow Box on Etsy from @hellocraftersvg. First, I ungrouped the layers of the file and changed the colors of the file to more closely represent my wedding. For the first (bottom) layer, I selected a printed cardstock to resemble tie-dye in the background. I used the following colors for the remaining layers (the layers have a number on them in the cut file):
I selected an 8” x 8” shadow box frame. I measured the inside of the shadow box with a ruler and resized the file to fit in the frame (for my project it was 7.55” square). I added text to the top layer of the file with my husband’s favorite Grateful Dead quote and our wedding year. I used the contour feature in design space on the layer marked “6” (Quartz Stardream) to eliminate some of the intricacies on the sleeves of the dress.
I cut each of the layers with my Cricut. I would strongly recommend cutting on a light setting with intricate die cuts and using multiple passes. You can find all of our recommended die-cut settings HERE. Each machine and paper is different, so you may need to experiment.
To assemble, I began by gluing the hair onto layers 2 and 5 respectively.
Next, I glued layers 3 to 2, and so on. I attached layer 4 with a combination of liquid adhesive and foam squares (on the tuxedo jacket only). When I reached layer 7, I glued layer 7 onto layer 6 (wedding dress), before gluing to layer 5. I allowed these layers to be slightly offset in the area of the leaves. Similarly, I glued layer 8 to 9, before gluing to layer 7. All layers were liquid adhesive with the exception of layer 4 onto 5. As a reminder, I eliminated the second to top layer that came with the file. I liked the look better without it.
Finally, I attached the bottom and top layers using liquid adhesive.
I added some flower die cuts to my hair and dress and some embellishments using liquid adhesive, then added the layers to the frame.
Here is the finished frame! I love how it turned out.
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Happy Crafting! Traci Selig
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