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Jan 16, 2018

February Tent Calendar

Desktop trifold tent calendar for February 2018

February 2018 tent card


The heart design is edge cut at the top fold, and backed with white, allowing the calendar to show through the window cut-out.

front of tent card calendar


back view showing white cardstock backing on calendar

How to make a print and cut standing calendar for February 2018


Download files.  



Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).

Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.  Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. 
Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.



Print and cut calendar backing page 


Silhouette Studio: use registration marks.



Video  showing how to set up this page for print and cut in Cricut Design Space.



Cut heart page

Green lines are score lines / dashed cut lines.

In Cricut Design Space, click each of the top four green lines in the layers menu and change to score.  Select all layers.  Attach. Cut.


Assemble Tent

Crease card on score lines.






red cardstock cut

Apply glue around the window, the letter cut-outs, and the heart cut-outs.

glue diagram for tent calendar

Adhere white piece to the back, matching heart edges.

February calendar glued in place

Spread glue on the long tab.

glue for tab on February tent calendar

Glue calendar into a tent shape.  I used a ruler to hold the tab down while it dried.


ruler holding tab in place


Optional: adhere small heart to center of large heart.

optional center heart on calendar






Jan 6, 2018

Pile of Hearts Pop Up Card Files Updated

The cutting file set for this old favorite has been updated to work better with Cricut Design Space and newer Studio versions.  Check it out!

Pile of Hearts tutorial and cutting files



This Valentine pop up card is surprisingly easy to make.

Aug 4, 2017

Woven Paper Basket Birthday Card

This little paper basket is woven together in the style of the valentine baskets you probably made as a child.

finished woven heart basket with flowers and grass


I put Dove chocolates inside and gave it as a birthday card.


add handle to woven valentine basket


The pattern is from Papermatrix, a site I highly recommend.  

I traced their pattern and cut the pieces with my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used the Cameo to draw the "Happy Birthday" sentiment using the pen holder.


After I finished, I realized I was supposed to layer the grass behind the flowers.  Whoopsie.  A little trimming took care of that so the flowers could peek out.

Layering with the flowers on the bottom does make the inside very pretty, however.


valentine shaped woven basket inside


And then I couldn't get the point to come together properly so I had to cut apart the last strip at the point.  That little bit of grass and the flower is a disguise.

Jan 26, 2016

Pull Tab Valentine Pop Up Card

valentine pop up card front





Pull tab in the center of this valentine heart papercraft and the paper stretches apart to reveal your sentiment.

pull tab valentine heart card


Strategic cuts on the pop up card create a net from the concentric hearts, with a surprise message underneath.

side view valentine net card


How to make a pull tab valentine

Jun 17, 2015

Pleated Heart Embellishment

I'm sure I re-invented the wheel when I designed this file.  Mostly, it was an exercise to help me understand how to create shapes in pleated form.

how to make a pleated heart


See this post for a pleated paper star (and scroll to the bottom to learn how to make any pleated paper shape).

how to make pleated shapes

How to make an accordion pleated paper craft heart

Suitable for hand or machine cutting.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).
Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.

 Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. 
 Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.



The file set includes two sizes of pleated hearts.
Finished, the large heart is 3" wide, and the small heart is 2" wide.

The heart pieces look like a fish!  The "mouth" end is the top of the heart and the "tail" end is the point of the heart. The grey-outlined hearts indicate the finished size and the black-outlined hearts are the backing pieces.

Download, cut and score.

If you are hand cutting, score first, then cut.  The score lines are 1/4" apart for those of you who have a score board.



pleated heart template diagram



Adhere the pieces together at the top of the heart (the mouth end)using the glue tab.
(This photo is from the star, but the tabs are the same).

pleated heart glued

 Here are the two pieces glued together at the top of the heart. Pleat the entire piece, starting with a mountain fold (bump up) at the center.

how to pleat heart
Using the other glue tab, adhere the pieces at the point of the heart (the tail end), forming a ring. Arrows point to where the pieces are glued together. You should have a mountain fold at this join at the heart point.



glue point for pleated heart

Flatten the heart. The straight edge forms a center circle.

assemble pleated heart

Now comes the fun part.  You need to squish the heart until the center circle is as small as you can make it, and while holding that, simultaneously glue on a backing to hold the pleats in place.

Spread a generous amount of glue on the backing piece.  I used a circle that I cut freehand.  You have a heart-shaped backing included in the file set.



pleated shape glue backing

Push the pleats in, working around and around the heart.  Once you have them the way you like them, slap that glue-covered backing onto the back.

pleated heart collapsed

I like to turn it to the front and continue to push and adjust until I like the way it looks.  Use whatever you have (bookends are good) to support the edges until it dries.  I usually put something flat and not too heavy on top, too.

front of pleated heart


I like to add a little jewel in the center.


completed pleated heart with jewel




Feb 11, 2015

Valentine Tea Light Lantern

A little present for your Valentine, an open top tea light paper lantern with hearts.



The hearts are a modification of the lowercase "o" from a dingbat font called SexyRexy-Smitten.
 

Assembly is the same as for the daisy tea light lantern.

Download Cutting Files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio.

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.









You may also like these other tealight lanterns:  Halloween ghost  lantern, Halloween pumpkin and catsChristmas tree lantern.


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Feb 6, 2015

Paper Globe of Slide Together Hearts

I ran across an intriguing globe made of slotted triangles on CutOutFoldUp, a sort of ditrigonal icosidodecahedron.  I thought it would be interesting to see what it would look like with heart shapes rather than triangles.  This is what I came up with. 

The perfect polyhedron valentine "card" for a math lover?


3d polyhedron



If you use 5 different colors it is possible to construct a model in which no two hearts of the same color connect to each other.

 


Can be hand or machine cut.

Download file set: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.



How to construct the slotted heart globe

Cut a total of 20 hearts.  I used 4 each of 5 different colors.

Lay the hearts out on the table.  Check that they are all right side up--that the slots are all in the same orientation. 
paper globe heart slots


Slot together 5 hearts, one of each color.  I slotted the tops of the hearts together on this round.  (Slot 1 slides into slot 2.)



heart slot position


It should look like a star.

start assembling polyhedron star of hearts


The colors are, clockwise, in this order: green, orange, pink, purple, blue.

For the second round, I slotted the next row to the first row, point-to-point.

Working around clockwise, slot a blue heart onto the pink heart, add a green heart to the purple, an orange heart to the blue, a pink heart to the green, a purple heart to the orange. 


second round of paper globe






Third Round.  I attached these top-of-heart to top-of heart.  In the photo below the hearts are laid out between the hearts they will attach to.


third round of hearts assembly

Green attaches to purple and blue of the second round, orange hooks to blue and green, pink goes on green and orange, purple goes on orange and pink,  blue goes on pink and purple. 

When you have finished adding this row the model is starting to look like a ball.

another view of assembly paper globe of hearts


Last round, point-to-point again.

Add the pink to the point of the green heart from the third round, purple to orange, blue to pink, green to purple, orange to blue.

Join the tops of the hearts of the last row, in the same way the first row was joined, forming a star.

The model is now a ball.

Neaten everything up by pushing together any slots that are loose, and you are done!


Assembly video from dutchpapergirl!






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Jan 23, 2015

Conversation Heart Accordion Flip Card

The devil is in the details of this conversation heart accordion card paper craft.  It's all about the embellishments!

conversation heart card open

heart card back


How to make a valentine accordion flip card 

Download file set: PDF, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, Silhouette Studio

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.


If you have never made an accordion flip card I suggest watching this video first.
Also see more detailed assembly photos of a similar card, the Egg Accordion Flip Card post here.  

Cut the pieces

Cut and score 4 base card pieces from card stock (mine is white). 

Cut 4 frame liners from decorative paper for the front:  you will need 2 sheets of 8.5" x 11" or 1 sheet of 12" x 12"(dotted).
Cut 4 frame liners from decorative paper for the back (striped).
--The liner file includes an inner heart.  You only need one set of 4 to cover the backs of the hearts.--

Cut the 4 conversation hearts from your choice of colors.  

Assemble base card

Crease all score lines.

Join the four panels using the long side tabs.  Do not join the hearts at their edges yet.

You will have an extra long tab on one end.  Cut it off.

Decorate

With the card flat, adhere the four conversation hearts to the front of the card. Be sure to glue in the tiny centers of the letters B and A, and the 4 Os.

Adhere the front frame liners to the front frames, and the back frame liners to the back frames.  Do not put the back hearts on yet.

Join Hearts 
 
Stand the card up and arrange it in a zig zag.  The center of the card should be a valley fold and the intersection of the side panels mountain folded.

Rotate the hearts by creasing  the score lines at the tops and bottoms of the hearts.

conversation heart card tabs


Start joining the hearts with the center two hearts (red and purple on mine).

Rotate the red heart clockwise and the purple heart counter-clockwise until their edges meet, in a mountain fold. Glue the tab on the purple heart to the back of the red heart.

Attach the green heart to the red heart by rotating the green heart counterclockwise until the edge meets the red heart, in a valley fold.  Glue the tab on the red heart to the back of the green heart.

In a similar way glue the blue heart to the purple heart by rotating the blue heart clockwise, and gluing the tab to the back of the purple heart.

You will have an extra tab on the green heart.  Cut it off.

Finish Decorating

Adhere the heart-shaped liners of your choice to the backs of the hearts, covering the tabs.

Collapse the creases to fold the card flat.  (You are seeing the back of the green heart.  The other three hearts are stacked under it.)

heart accordion card closed


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