Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hugs -Heart Valentine Gift Box

There is a super cute heart shaped box in the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge, have you seen it?
Since Valentines will be here is a few weeks I couldn't resist creating a fun "hugs" box.

Tutorial: layered pattern box.
This is one of my favorite ways to decorate boxes, I have shown this tutorial before and I love it.
This heart box can be found on page 117 of the "Tags, Bags, Boxes & More" Cricut cartridge.

I began by cutting two of the same size box. One on heavy cardstock and one using patterned paper (often times pattern paper is thin, so this technique works very well to make a sturdy box). I like to use the "fit to page" feature on my expressions machine, which cut this box at 6" using my 12 x12 cutting mat.
On the pattern paper image I score on the markings, then cut on those lines, I also cut the handles off and discard them along with the skinny tab edges.
Then I cut about 1/8" off each edge using my scissors, discard those pieces.

Then adhere my trimmed pieces on my cardstock box, score on the markings.

I like to embellish my box completely before I fold and glue my box together, it makes it much easier for me. I placed a clear piece of plastic in the heart window.
I cut three flower images on page 107 (same cartridge) using the "blackout" feature in three sizes, 1", 3/4" and 1/2". I got the flowers wet, crumpled them up, then opened them a bit and when dry I rubbed red ink over the crumpled flowers. Layered them together and added a jewel.I cut the heart tag from page 108 using the "mirror/windows" feature. Using red cardstock I cut at 2", then 2 1/4" using white cardstock. I folded the red windows in half, and from the white image I used only one of the heart images to place between my red windows. I used a red marker to write the word "hugs" and for the little heart on the tag.

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  1. Thanks for the great tip on making this super cute box! I am off to try it!

  2. Super cute. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. HMM, I may have to try the flower idea. Your's turned out so cute!
    I love the tip of putting the patterned paper over cardstock, I've often had the same problem that the cute pattered paper is too flimsy.

    Great idea!!


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