Buttons Shadowbox

I just love buttons!  All colors, sizes and shapes…so I created this shadowbox as kind of an inspiration piece for my studio.


I used a Provocraft shadowbox. First I covered the inside of the back with a piece of Webster Pages designer paper.  I then randomly painted streaks of Old Linen and Tattered Rose Distress paints on the paper.  Next I painted Tim Holtz Grungeboard letters (that spell "buttons"), in Old Linen and Tattered Rose.  I love the Distress Paints because when they dry, the paint cracks, so produces a great vintage look.  As the letters were drying, I randomly stamped Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink (craft ink-pigment ink from SU!©) large buttons using a stamp from Distant Generations, another great stamp set from Artistic Outpost, on the background.  I adhered buttons to the bottom lower half of the back of the shadowbox with Ranger Matte Accents (a great adhesive!).


I also gave a light coat of Tattered Rose Distress paint around the frame of the shadowbox, and applied a white rub-on to the front using one of Stampin’ Up!©‘s new rub-ons.  To finish my project I just poured some buttons into the shadowbox and placed the back panel back on.

Artistic Outpost sells a full line of Tim Holtz Distress products, including all colors of Distress Paint. 

This project was a lot of fun to make, and hopefully will serve as a source of inspiration.

Thanks for looking!


  1. oh how stinkin cute is that!!! I totally love it. Just hope that you won’t need a button one time REAL bad that’s inside the box 🙂

  2. So pretty, Anita – what a great idea!!!! Kim sbs8

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