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Isn’t this adorable? Everyone loves a personalized gift, especially one from the heart! This project is super easy to make, and can be done with or without the use of a cricut machine.
This was difficult to photograph with what little sunlight we have in New York this time of year!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS SHADOW BOX FRAME:
You can find all of these supplies at your local Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, and if you’re planning ahead you can order from amazon and save some money. I’ve added a link to each product for you based on my personal preferences.
- 8″ X 8″ shadow box frame (they come in packs of 3, so you can make multiples!)
- scrapbook paper in your desired design – there’s plenty of heart shaped papers to choose from!
- white permanent vinyl (I like Oracle 651)
- transfer tape
- windex or rubbing alcohol to clean glass
Since I’m still a Cricut newbie, I make most of my designs using Picmonkey or Canva. They have a huge selection of fonts to choose from and are very user friendly! This post assumes you have basic Cricut knowledge. I will try to dive deeper in another post, but feel free to email me if you have any questions!
After finding a font you like, create your names & date design and import it into cricut design space. Here’s my design that I created in Picmonkey using the script font “heart attack” for the names, and “libel suit” for the date. Change your background color to transparent and save as a .png file. Can you tell from this example what my favorite TV show is??
Once you’ve saved your design as a .png, upload it to Cricut design space and save it as a cut file. Add to your canvas in design space and resize the largest dimension to no more than 6″. AND DON’T FORGET TO MIRROR YOUR IMAGE BEFORE YOU CUT!
Why are we mirroring the design? I like to adhere the vinyl to the underside of the glass, so the top can be cleaned without disturbing the design. If you forget to mirror, no biggie – you can just adhere to the top of the glass. It’s just my preference to use the underside.
Clean your glass with rubbing alcohol and then transfer your design to the center of the glass. Now that part’s done!
The next easiest step is to cut your scrapbook paper using the back of the frame as a size guide, and then using a bit of tape, attach it to the back of the frame.
Put the whole thing together and you’ve got an awesome (and super easy to make) Valentine for that special someone!
You can use these instructions to create all different kinds of personalized shadow boxes…the possibilities are endless!
*if you don’t own a Cricut – print out your design, tape it to the underside of the glass, and use an oil based sharpie to draw the names on the top!
(this is my first post and I just wanted to get it all out there… I will be coming back and adding in more photos and details in the next day or 2!) Thanks for reading and have fun creating!