Monday, January 14, 2013

Big Heart Die Box Tutorial

The Big Heart Die from A Muse Studio is just wonderful! It's A2 card size and comes with a "love" script word as well. It will fit in most die-cut machines and is amazingly versatile. What? A heart die is versatile? Yep! It's true! I make four projects each month in my class. I decided to feature the heart die in each project for this month's class and wow - what fun it was to play with ideas! Here's what it looks like in its traditional form.

So, the first project has the most steps but you get a super cute result so I decided to make a tutorial to help you make one too. I hope you find it easy to follow!

To get started, you need to cut four hearts from cherry gingham cardstock with the big heart die.

1. Place the heart dies, pattern side up on the a muse studio scor-board. Put the tip of the heart on the 2 1/2" score line and the top of the heart scallops on the 2 3/4" line and score (basically you're scoring 2 1/2" from the tip of the heart). Do this with all four hearts.

2. Place the hearts with the patterns facing each other and use the small hole on the crop-a-dile to punch a hole on each side of the heart. I lined mine up with the bottom of the V of the heart scallop.

3. Lay all four hearts face down on the work surface. Arrange the hearts so the four scored lines make a square.

4. Fold up a couple of the hearts without moving them. Glue the bottom flaps together. Notice that the flaps don't overlap completely so don't glue the full base. You may find it easier to trace the edges with a pencil to mark where your adhesive is going to go.

5. Continue until all four of your hearts are glued together.

6. Fold up the sides. Cut 11" of seattle baker's cording to tie the sides together at the corner. Do this for each corner.
7. Here is what your box looks like. You could glue a square piece of cardstock in the base if you wanted to make your box more sturdy but it's actually pretty good as is.

8. I wanted to turn my box into a goodie box/tray so I added bag filler. Doesn't that look great with the big baker's cording bows and the super cute (and retiring) gingham paper?!

Isn't this fun? Check back soon to see what was put inside the box to finish off the project!

The big heart die is available through the end of February and you can find it in the Valentine's catalog section online.

Have a wonderfully creative day!


  1. That is adorable Seleise! What a great use for the big heart die! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Great project, and tutorial! TFS

  3. Such a cute box for Valentine's treats. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great project idea and wonderful tutorial...this looks so cute!

  5. adorable!! thanks for sharing the directions!!

  6. Wow, you really got creative with this box. I love it.

  7. What a great way to think "outside the box" with this die. I'm thinking ahead to what great Easter baskets I can make from your tutorial -- thanks!

  8. Great Job! love this idea, so going to make one for my daughter.

  9. I bought the big heart die because of this project! Thanks so much! :)

  10. I bought the big heart die because of this project! Thanks so much! :)

  11. WOW! What a cute project! You are so clever!


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