Monday, January 18, 2010

Valentine Gift Box

Why re-invent the wheel, right? I created a Gingerbread House for Christmas and loved making and putting it together. (See the side panel of my blog for a photo).

I decided to create a Valentine Gift Box using the same structure. I turned the icicles into scallops and added lots of hearts. There are only 3 SVGs for this file. Each is on a separate layer in SCAL 2 (Sure Cuts Alot).

The Structure:

The Background:

The Elements:

Here are step by step instructions:

STEP 1: Cut the Structure SVG 2 times using white card stock. Please note - there are score lines on this and it does take awhile.

STEP 2: Cut the Background SVG 2 times using whatever background color you want. I used a red stock. I would recommend a paper that isn't too thick. Mount the background paper to the white cardstock. I use spray mount and I roll over it to make sure all is secure.

STEP 3: Cut the Elements SVG 2 times. I used various colors and stocks for this. You can layout it out on the mat and cut all at once. (see photo below) If you want to mix up the color scheme - go for it!

STEP 4: Adhere the cut elements to the house and embellish. I used Creative Charms embellishments. (I added more embellishments to the door panel after I took this photo).

STEP 5: Attach two pieces together and add some adhesive to the tab to secure.

STEP 6: Fold on all the score lines and fold up 2 bottom flaps and fold in the 2 bottom flaps that have the notches. Fold in the top/side flaps and fold in one of the top flaps and then the other. Add in some yummy heart cutout cookies or a Valentine gift.

I'm including the SVG and the SCUT file in the ZIP file. If you'd like to alter or if you are using SCAL 1 and need to reimport the SVGs here are the measurements:

Elements SVG: w 9.33 h 10.08
Background: w 10.2 h 8.73
Structure: w 10.9 h 11.38

If you decide to make one please send me an image via email - would love to see it!

For the SVGs, SCUT and a PDF of the instructions click here to DOWNLOAD.

I plan to make a mini version of this for anyone that has the Cricut Create. It will be about 3" tall. It will not have all the detail but it will be cute! Stop by again!


  1. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Valentines post on Jan. 18, 2010. Thanks again.

  2. What a cute house! Thanks for sharing the file.

  3. Beautiful! Nice job!

    Looking forward to the smaller version, since I have the small Personal Electronic Cutter.

    - Lynne

  4. Amy you make the best designs.Thank you for sharing

  5. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the CraftCrave Blog Cutting Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: [19 Jan 01:00am GMT]).

  6. Wow! this Valentine gift box is gorgeous. I like how it looks.

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  8. Great idea to "recycle" Christmas! :) Love it! I think this will be headed to my son (in blues to not embarass him, of course! ;) )at school for Valentine's Day! Thanks, Amy!

  9. I'm cutting out 14 of these as I type for a special Valentines dinner party and my grandchildren. Thank you so much. I love it! This will be a yearly tradition for my sweet little grand babies!!!


  10. Wow! Thank you for sharing. I am going to "try" to do these with my students. :)

  11. This is so cute. Thanks for sharing with us! I love your site - bookmarking it now!

  12. That is absolutely positively ADORABLE........So so so cute ma'am!!!!

  13. Amy this is so cute thank you for sharing it.

  14. This is great. I like the idea of changing houses for the holidays. Next I'll need to look at Halloween houses to see what I can alter. Thanks!