A Heart Box for Valentine's Day by Sherrill Willis
- 3 different sized heart dies (mine are: 4 ¼ x 4 ¼, 4 x 3 ¾ & 3 3/8 x 3 1/8, but any sizes that are fairly close will work for this)
- Red Mirror card for die cutting & 12×12 piece of cream card stock, you’ll want to use a heavy card stock
- A lift the flap die, or a smaller circle/square die – must be smaller than your largest heart die
- Liquid glue
- Sharp scissors for fussy cutting
- OPTIONAL: word dies like Love or Cherish, some ribbon for a bow or bow die for decorating
At this point is when I would glue my two top pieces together, so the mirror side shows on the over and under, then put a couple books, or something heavy, on top while it dries.
Now, get the cream strip that you already scored and cut and either fold in half to score it, or score it at 6”. Burnish all score lines and it should look like this:
At the 6” score mark, or the point of the V, cut notches on either side, you’ll end up cutting a little wedge out so you can fold it into the V shape. Next, on either side starting about the 3” & 9” on either side your going to cut frills, or fringe, so the paper curves easily, like this:
Do not cut past the score line into the “wall” portion, just the folded part so you can then glue it to the mirrored hearts like this:
For me, it was easier to glue the top first, to make sure the wall didn’t cover up any part of the hole. Then, when I glued the bottom, I opened the lid and used a metal ruler with a rounded end to smooth the frilled, rounded part to the heart bottom.
Now, all that is left is decorating. Remember those other hearts? Now is the time to layer them on top of the hole, but in order for it to open correctly, I did it a little differently. First, I put a glue square on the middle of the lid and another on the back of the cream card heart. Here’s my twist: I put baby powder on the sticky part of the square on the heart to make it not sticky.
It’s only there to make it level, while I added glue to the sticky part of the square on the lid to make sure it really sticks. Then, I attached the heart to the flap and let that dry, and glued the smallest heart on top. After I was sure everything was dry, I tested the lid to make sure it slides up. Yay! It worked!
All that’s left is to add some embellishments, and I love my glass mat because no more using the back of my hand to glue sentiments! It’s so easy, I just love it. With that said, I’m all done!
I hope you enjoyed my Heart Box, and will give it a try. If you do, I’d love to see what you make, so please post a picture in the comments. Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me, I’m having so much fun and happy I get to share it with all of you!