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Feb 7, 2018

Eclipse Card with Valentine Hearts

An eclipse card is a dimensional card made by cutting letter or shape windows, and popping up the cutouts from each window with foam dots or tape.  The "eclipse" refers to the drop shadow effect created by backing the windows with black or dark colored paper.

valentine hearts eclipse card front


Creating an eclipse card is fairly easy, but take a moment to think through the order that the layers will go in as you create the card.

General directions:

Use or create a heavy card stock to cut the shapes from.  For this particular card, I first ran the (flimsy) decorative paper through my Xyron machine and adhered it to card stock.

Cut your shapes or words from the card front.  Save the cutouts.

Back the cutout windows in the card front with black or dark paper.

Use dimensional foam tape or dots to adhere each cutout shape in its matching window.

Adhere the card front to your card base.




valentine eclipse dimensional card side view


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


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

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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.

Dec 30, 2017

Matchbox Slider Pop Up Card


Valentine matchbox slider pop up card



This little box is a combination pop up card and treat container or gift card holder.  Perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday gift,  or any occasion.


Pulling the drawer forward activates the pop up element. 



front of matchbox slider pop up card


When the drawer is closed the pop up decorative element lies flat on the top of the box.



closed matchbox slider pop up card

Video of the completed card showing pop up action.




The inspiration came from a gift card holder made by Danielle of Scrapbook Maven.  She made hers from a commercially available, pre-made box.  Not having such a box in my stash of crafting materials, I made my own cut file version! 


How to make a matchbox slider pop up card and treat box