Friday, June 29, 2018

Beach Scene Ocean Blue Shadow Box

Hello friends , 

8x8 Beach Scene Ocean Blue Shadow Box

I absolutely love the beaches and the mangalorean in me makes it more like Home . I can relax in the sun, watching and listening to the gorgeous ocean while my son is entertained with sand, water, and all the fun those entail. Mangalore (My home town) is a picturesque city situated between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Mangalore stands in the vicinity of some of the most scenic beaches of the country. If you are planning a trip to this coastal city and want to enjoy the beauty of the seashores, a visit to the wonderful beaches near Mangalore is a must. Most of our summer vacations are in Mangalore where we connect with our roots and  get pampered. Our family trips to the beaches add up to our collection of shells over the years ! 

8x8 shadow box without the cover 

Finally I decided to go ahead and make something to treasure these memories and my son was all happy to share his collection for this creation. I can say that - Every shell has a story  here . They come from our travels to Goa , Pondicherry and Mangalore .

Here are easy-to-follow instructions for you to make your own beach shadow box with all sand, shells and pictures if you want to add. 

Diorama Beach Scene Ocean Blue Shadow Box a 8" by 8" hand painted little bit of the beach.


  • shadow box
  • gesso to prime the box
  • texture paste 
  • embossing paste for the water froth creation
  • stencil
  • chalk paints shades of blue
  • sand from Diy Kit - Sand Art, Aqua
  • shells from our collection 
  • gold foil stickers
  • craft bond foam mounting circles or squares
  • super glue

This creation is created along with my 8 year old so it was more fun involving him in the process of making this Memory box . He said he wanted to paint the shadow box and I let him do it . 
He first layered the brown box with white gesso and waited for it to dry completely . 

After drying , I created  textures using  Mudra Geometric Stories 6x4" stencil and texture paste to create the dimensions on the corners of the shadow box cover . Then we chose to paint it with blue /aqua chalk paint and covered the whole box except the back end. 

Inside the shadow box we drew the waves with a pencil to mark the places where the shells will be glued and the the sand part and waves will be created . We choose the smaller shells that we will stick and bigger heavier ones would rest on the base .

I have created beach wave texture with Little birdie Embossing texture paste - Frosty fizz. Little birdie Embossing texture paste is a Thick heat embossing paste perfect for adding textures and dimensions to projects and it Dries to a matt finish. The embossing texture paste is amazing and very easy to use. It can be easily applied through the stencils .This texture paste needs heating after application and on heating it creates bubble like texture.The resultant texture can be controlled by using controlled use of heat. The more you heat, the more bubbles start appearing.

To keep the design easily seen I have heat set this till the point the bubbles start appearing. I have used a palette knife to create this texture on the curvy background .

The sand area was first coloured with driftwood shade chalk paint  and then the sand was filled in . 
The sand was created with 2 different shades of sand that came in as a part of a Diy Kit - Sand Art, Aqua . This was a birthday gift my son had received and he had not used this shades while he used that kit .

The shells were glued on the sant texture and some big ones were rested on the base . The shadow box cover was decorated finally with the gold glitter foil sentiments . I wanted to add a picture inside the shadow box but didn't find a suitable one or where we all three were there...[something we need to click when we are at the beach the next time ] So we decided to go with stickers inside for this too.

For one side of the shadow box cover  my son decided to have the anchor chipboard embellishment and on the other side some lovely shells . My son even added his favourite Star fish which is a little one and broken but  he found on this on a  beach, so it had to go with the "memories" sentiment 

. He remembered one of his favorite  book  "How to catch a star " while he completed this creation !

Now this decorative box, painted with soft shades of ocean blue and creamy sand, 
seashells embellished becomes a part of our Beach loving family !!

Linking to  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

Work It Wednesday June 2018: The Great Outdoors!

Alphabet Challenge - G is for Great Outdoors

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Have a crafty day!
Sharada Dilip


  1. Oooh what a beauty this is are on a roll here!! And so fabulous to see your son giving a hand!!

    1. Thank you sonia for being an inspiration and constantly being there with all your kind words ! I appreciate it <3

  2. Loved this sea themed box made by Mom and Son Duo !! How lucky your are to have such a lovely home town :)

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog:) Glad to hear from you !

  3. Hi Sharada! Just wanted to say how absolutely beautiful this turned out! Having your son involved was so fantastic! He enjoyed it, I bet! Its gorgeous!!!

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog:) Glad to hear from you !

  4. This is so fun! I love that you and your son worked on it together, that’s so sweet. And your hometown sounds divine. I really like the texture on the outside. Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog:) Glad to hear from you !


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