A Sweet and Simple Valentine

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Need an inexpensive, easy, and cute Valentine’s Day gift?  If so, this quick project is for you!

If you are a Meredith student, you’ll have the opportunity to make  your own on 2/10/16 at our Pinterest Party!  All MCGs were sent an email on Tuesday, 2/2/16 with an evite to the party!  Make sure you rsvp so we have enough supplies and that are following us on Pinterest because that is your ticket to making this project for free!

Here are the steps with links to where supplies can be purchased. These are only suggested for convenience.  Multiple vendors carry most of these items.

The first thing you’ll need is a craft punch or die cut machine.  We used the Silhouette cutting machine. We used the Silhouette since it quickly cuts multiple hearts and we needed a lot!silhouette-cameo-die-cutting-tool-bundle-d-2013031912115686251797

Next you’ll need to find an image of a heart and change it into a cut file if it is not already (if you are using a craft punch, skip this part). You can find a link to download one online and most likely you’ll find free ones through a quick Google search.

For those of you using the Silhouette, check out Silhouette School blog. They are our go-to for all Silhouette information.  Their tutorials are amazing!

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Adhesive Vinyl

You can get adhesive vinyl in many places.  We ordered ours from Expressions Vinyl.

So once you have the necessary supplies, you will want to either punch your heart from the vinyl or pull up your heart design in the Silhouette Studio software.  The software is available as a free download on the Silhouette America website.

For the punch method, you’re done!  For the Silhouette, follow these next steps:

Open your heart cut file in Silhouette Studio.

open heart

Scale your heart to the size you want.  Click on the image and drag from a corner.  Make sure you are within the red lines so your entire image is cut.  If you want to print multiple hearts as we did, right-click over the selected image and choose Duplicate.

The next step is to go to the Cut Settings window.  Here you will choose your medium which in our case is adhesive vinyl.  There was not a setting for this, but we found number 5 was the best blade setting.  Chipboard was selected as it had the correct cut setting of 5.  We left the other options as the default.

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Once you have that, will need to make sure your blade is at the correct setting of five (or whatever you find works best).  Click the Send to Silhouette option.

 

Place the adhesive vinyl on the sticky mat and load it into the Silhouette Cameo machine.  Then watch as your hearts are cut!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take one of the hearts that was cut and place it on a glass jar.

We used Kate Aspen glass jars found on Amazon.

jars

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Here’s a look at the entire process:

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