Valentine Tutorial for Sure Cuts A Lot

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Make this amazing Valentine using your Cricut or Cricut Expression!  The recipient will be amazed by this gorgeous handmade card made by you with love!  Turn a few sheets of paper into a handmade keepsake to display and treasure. You'll need: *  SVG file kit "Aunt Jill's Valentine" available at SVGCuts.com by clicking here *  Red paper (letter-sized or 12" x 12") *  Hot pink paper (letter-sized or 12" x 12") *  Pale pink paper (letter-sized or 12" x 12") *  12" x 12" paper of your choice for envelope *  24" red yarn or coordinating fiber *  Dark brown ink pad (optional) *  Zots or Pop Dots (optional - for 3D effect) *  Glue The card can be made from either 12" x 12" paper or from 8.5" x 11" paper.  To make the envelope, you'll need 12" x 12" paper and you'll need the Cricut Expression to cut this out since the original Cricut doesn't take 12" x 12" paper.  Please note that these instructions, though detailed, are written for folks who are familiar with the basic operation of the Cricut machine. Now let's get crafty! We'll begin by cutting out the light pink intricate heart shape.  With Sure Cuts a Lot open and the correct mat size chosen, go to File and then Import SVG. Locate the folder "Aunt Jill's Valentine  maryrudakas.etsy.com" and inside it, open the folder "SVG files."  Select the file "heart" and click the Open button. The heart shape appears on your on-screen cutting mat. In the Properties window, make sure "Keep Proportions" is checked and enter 3.6 in the W field.  Press the Enter key to apply. (Note:  If the Properties window is not displayed on your screen, go to Window and then "Shape Properties" to display it.) The lace frame will also be cut from light pink paper, so place this on your on-screen cutting mat by going to File, Import SVG and selecting the file "frame."  Click the Open button and the frame appears on your on-screen cutting mat. In the Properties window, make sure "Keep Proportions" is checked and enter 5.5 in the W field.  Press the Enter key to apply. Arrange the shapes as you wish to maximize the paper you're going to use.  Get your light pink paper ready on your mat and load it into your Cricut machine, being sure to choose the correct pressure for whatever paper you're using.  Choose the lowest speed setting for this intricate shape. When you're ready, press the Scissors icon button in Sure Cuts a Lot to begin cutting with your Cricut. Now for the red element - the background layer of the heart shape.  Import the heart shape again ("heart.svg"). In the Properties window, make sure "Keep Proportions" is checked and enter 3.6 in the W field.  In the drop-down menu next to "Style" select "Shadow Blackout."  Press the Enter key to apply. When you're ready with your red paper and shape placement and pressure/speed settings, click the Scissors icon button in Sure Cuts a Lot to begin cutting with your Cricut. Now for the card shape!  This one's a simple rectangle.  You can just manually cut out a 9" x 4.5" rectangle, or you can import the file "card" and size it to 9" wide by 4.5" high. Cut this from medium/hot pink paper, score in the middle and fold. To make the envelope, import the envelope shape. In the Properties window, make sure "Keep Proportions" is checked and enter 11 in the W field.  Next to "Rotate" be sure "Angle" is selected in the drop-down menu and enter 45 in the field below.  Use your keyboard's arrow keys to position the shape in the middle of your on-screen cutting mat. Load whatever paper you'd like to use for the envelope.  I used a fun patterned Valentine's Day themed paper. Now that all your shapes have been cut out, let's move on to assembling and embellishing the card! Rub the brown ink pad along the edges of the pink heart to give it a distressed antiqued look.  Glue the pink heart to the red bottom layer.  Again, rub the brown ink pad along the edges of the red paper.  Set aside. If you're going to use red yarn like I did, carefully pull the yarn apart slowly so that it unravels into two sections.  Weave this in and out of the dots around the frame to look like stitches (see picture of finished product if necessary).  Glue the ends of the yarn down on the back of the frame where they meet and trim off excess yarn.  Let dry and then rub the brown ink pad along the edges of the frame.  Glue this to the front of the card, paying attention to the direction of the hearts along the edge. Attach the heart to the front and center of the card using the Zots or Pop Dots to give it a 3D effect.  You could also just glue it on if you aren't going to use the Zots or Pop Dots. Score, fold and glue the envelope together and distress its edges with your brown ink and voila - look at your gorgeous valentine!  Nice job! If you have any problems or questions, please contact us by clicking here! Buy this file

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