2016 holiday inspiration series… project by: zoe hillman

guestget ready to deck the halls with this creative holiday shadowbox from zoe hillman.  the neutral palette creates a wonderful woodlands scene that would make a timeless decorative piece to celebrate the seasonal.  check out this tutorial to see the custom details zoe shares to turn the ordinary into christmas extraordinary…t!m


  • inks: distress ink antique linen/vintage photo/walnut stain/ground espresso; alcohol ink teakwood
  • glitter: distress glitter clear rock candy
  • mediums: glossy accents; white gesso
  • surfaces: paper stash/tidings; mixed-media heavystock
  • embellishments: ephemera christmas; remnant rubs gilded christmastime; adornments pinecones/ice skates; woodlands; jump rings; ring fasteners; jute string
  • dies: thinlits treeline
  • tools: craft sheet; mini blending tools; scissors; craft pick
  • misc: IKEA ribba 9×9 shadowbox frame

gueststeps1_4Step 1: Take a shadow box frame and deconstruct, (I used an IKEA Ribba 9×9” frame).

Step 2: Using a Paper Trimmer, cut strips from the Tidings Paper Stash and cover the frame mount.

Step 3: Die cut 3x Mixed Media Heavystock with the Tree Line Thinlits Die. Blend in Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Tree Distress Ink and edge with Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a Mini Blending Tool.

Step 4: Cut a piece of paper 6×6 inches from the Tidings Paper Stash. Adhere ephemera from the Christmas Ephemera Pack and 1 of the 3 tree line die cuts, (setting aside the other 2 for later).

gueststeps5_8Step 5: Adhere the frame mount over the 6×6” paper piece. Decorate the frame mount with Gilded Christmastime Remnant Rubs.

Step 6: With your finger, gently rub White Gesso over Woodlands, Woodlands Mini Tree Lot, Woodlands Small Tree Lot trees and Boxwood Twine and leave to air dry. Squeeze Glossy Accents onto a Non Stick Craft Mat and gently skim the Woodlands Trees and Boxwood Twine though it, immediately roll in Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and set aside to dry.

Step 7: Mount the Woodlands Trees onto the inner frame with Glossy Accents. Run double sided tape along the bottom outer edge of the inner frame.

Step 8: Take the 2 Tree Line Die cuts set aside earlier and adhere them to the double sided tape. Trim the bottom and side edges as required. They will sit against the glass when you reconstruct the frame.

gueststeps9_12Step 9: Add Adornments Pincones and Teakwood Alcohol Ink to a cup and swirl until all the pinecones are covered and set aside to air dry.

Step 10: Hang the Adornments Pinecones from the Boxwood Twine with Jump Rings and adhere into the corners of the inner frame with hot glue. Add a dab of hot glue to the middle of the Boxwood Twine and attach to the background.

Step 11: Hang a pair of Adornments Ice Skates from a Ring Fasteners and adhere a Jute String bow with Glossy Accents.

Step 12: Assemble the box frame and hang or stand as holiday home decor. (*NOTE: the glass is not pictured in the frame as it’s impossible to photograph without reflection).


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28 Comments to “2016 holiday inspiration series… project by: zoe hillman”

  1. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    I ALWAYS smile when I see a project that has come from the talented hands of Ms. Zoe! This is a super tutorial that I really feel the need to try, if I can sneak it in between my Christmas cards, that is

  2. susan salyer says:

    Oh my! Gorgeous! I love this beautiful shadow box. Thank you for sharing this beauty .

  3. diana says:

    love this!! you make me want to use up my stash of trees!! beautiful piece to display during the season!! thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Lorrie S. says:

    Wonderful idea! Thank you.

  5. Lynn L Milewski says:

    Awesome! Now to head out to get a frame!

  6. Angela R. says:

    Nice work! This project would be a great Christmas Gift.

  7. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    This is a perfectly detailed tutorial, by Ms. Zoe! I’m always inspired by her style! So glad to see her work as part of this teriffic Holiday Inspiration Series!!!

  8. These is gorgeous! LOVE the pinecones hanging down and the layers of trees!

  9. Zoe….What a great tutorial….The pine cones at the top are adorable…
    This would be a good gift too!!! Thank you …I LoVe it!!!!!

  10. Bridget Haig says:

    I love this project, the trees both brush a wood are so cute and the really like the old looking picture, in the background is giving me an idea for Christmas cards.

  11. cheiron says:

    This is wonderful! The neutral palette is just perfect

  12. Debbie B says:


  13. Rosann says:

    This shadow box is amazing; love how you gave it depth with the trees and the tree die.
    Beautifully done !

  14. Marcie Lovett says:

    What a fantastic project! I love all the different textures and layers. I was sure the trees were cut from wood!

  15. Linda Talley says:

    I love this project! Zoe did a fantastic job on it and it looks very easy. Thanks for sharing it with us. It’s another opportunity to get some Tim Holtz products and play. ❤️❤️

  16. Bonnie says:

    Love the different layers. It looks wonderful!

  17. Deb L says:

    This is beautiful! Love the color palette.

  18. SusanK says:

    This is spectacular! Makes me feel as if I could step into the frame and join these people in wintry merriment.

  19. absolutely wonderful…love that this feels winter-y with hints of chirstmas. need to go make some hot cocoa and come back and look again.

  20. Violet says:

    Wonderful project. I want to make one of these to honour my parents do I’m grateful for all the different techniques.

  21. ann barnes says:

    I am always excited to see Zoe’s work. I love the neutral palette, this could be displayed throughout the winter season. The depth and layers make it so that each time you look, you notice another detail. Those pinecones are super! Love it!

  22. WilmaB says:

    Wow…love it so much that I want to make it myself. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial!

  23. bernath says:

    TRES BIEN +++++++++++++++

  24. Anne R says:

    I love Zoe’s work and this project is an absolute stunner, a beautiful, timeless piece of home decor! x

  25. Love this Zoe!!! A beautiful piece of home decor I can make and bring out every holiday. Very classy xx

  26. Tona says:

    Oh wow, I so love this project!!! I really like all the layers, textures, & depth you achieved. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  27. Angele van Leeuwen says:

    Love to see all these different techniques and what is possible.
    Confirms also that 2 of my favourite items to use are the Adornment Pinecones and the Boxwood twine, of course with the alcohol ink and white Gesso – great effect!

  28. Tonya says:

    Love love love this !

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