All-In-One Valentine’s by Thienly Azim

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Trying to decide what to get your special Valentine? Look no further! This project has everything you can think of – a card, romantic coupons to pamper your significant other, and some sweets to melt their heart away! Just put a little twist on Mary’s Antique Book Matchbox file, and you’ll have the most meaningful gift to your loved ones in no time!

SVG Collections Used

Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit
A2 Lace Edged Cards SVG Collection
Crush on You Boxes SVG Kit
French Quarter Ironwork SVG Collection
Antique Skeleton Keys SVG Collection

Supplies Used

  • AC Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Acetate
  • Brown glassine paper
  • Embossing folder (Distressed Stripe Cuttlebug folder for ‘pages’)
  • Punkin’ Patch Stamps – All You Need is Love set
  • Various ribbons (crinkle, lace, velvet, floral)
  • Adhesives (foam tape, heat glue gun, Scotch Quick-Dry, double-sided)
  • Paper doilies (used the ones from Wilton 10cm)
  • Extra embellishments (I used pen tip from Tim Holtz, and ornamental flower from Prima Marketing)
  • Glitter glue for sprinkles on truffles
Pre-Order Optional Stamps!

Dimensions

Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit (Antique Book Matchbox)
book_cover.svg 11.50" wide patterned paper
book_base1.svg 11.50" wide patterned paper, black for the top/bottom of book
book_base2.svg 11.50" wide patterned paper
book_base3.svg 11.50" wide patterned paper
pages1.svg 11.50" wide patterned paper
pages2.svg 11.50" wide patterned paper
A2 Lace Edged Cards SVG Collection
stamp_half.svg 1.75" wide black ('XOXO' stamp sentiment background)
hearts_horiz_half.svg 1.75" wide red ('All you need is love' stamp sentiment background)
queen_anne_half.svg (blackout) 3.65" wide (make into a frame with Rectangle Vertical cutout in the center - see below for dimensions) pink (the compartment window frame)
pretty_card_alt1.svg 6.40" wide by 5.066" high patterned paper (book-bind)
pretty_card_alt1.svg 6.40" wide by 5.066" high red (book-bind underlayer)
envelope.svg 6.00" wide brown glassine paper
Crush on You Boxes SVG Kit (Roses Box)
petals1.svg 5.28" wide red (has enough to make exactly 3 roses)
petals4.svg 5.55" wide (only cut 3 of the petals) red
French Quarter Ironwork SVG Collection
bar.svg 2.80" wide (cut 2) black (top/bottom decor element for 'Happy Valentine's Day' stamp sentiment)
fleur.svg 0.94" wide black (decor element beside 'All you need is love' stamp sentiment
strip2.svg 5.066" wide black (background strip under 'U.R.Cool' stamp sentiment)
strip3.svg 5.066" wide black (background strip under the truffles)
Antique Skeleton Keys SVG Collection
1.svg 2.35" wide (cut 3 and layer to reinforce strength) black
Shape Library: Basic Shapes
Oval Vertical 2.25" wide by 3.05" high place this on book_base1.svg as per instructions
Oval Vertical 2.50" wide by 3.30" high acetate (for compartment window)
Oval Vertical 2.50" wide by 3.30" high with another Oval Vertical 2.25" wide by 3.05" high cut out in the center black (frame for compartment window)
Rectangle Vertical 2.70" wide by 3.68" high place this on book_base3.svg as per instructions
Rectangle Vertical 2.70" wide by 3.68" high pink (place this in the middle of queen_anne_half.svg to make a window frame)
Rectangle Horizontal 4.75" wide by 5.066" high patterned paper (for inside pop-up)
Lips 1.00" wide red
Heart 2 1.00" wide (cut 4) red (for fanned heart on the compartment window)
Heart 2 0.80" wide (cut 2) red
Butterfly Silhouette (Click to Download)
butterfly_silhouette.svg 2.25" wide (cut 2) patterned paper and pink
Curvy Corner Element - 01.01.10 (Click to Download)
corner_element.svg 2.00" wide black (place in the inner compartment window)
Heart Padlock (Click To Download)
heart_lock_bottom.svg 1.47" wide black
heart_lock_top.svg 1.47" wide grey
Swirly Gift Tag - 03.10.09 (Click To Download)
tag35.svg (blackout) 2.10" wide (cut 4) various patterned papers (coupons)
Valentine Truffles - 01.03.11 (Click To Download)
Chocolate Truffle
chocolate.svg 1.45" wide brown
pink_squiggle.svg 1.45" wide pink
Strawberry Truffle
strawberry.svg 1.45" wide pink
Vanilla Truffle
chocolate.svg 1.45" wide chocolate
vanilla.svg 1.45" wide cream
heart.svg 1.45" wide red

Instructions

  1. Diagram 1

    Open book_base3.svg on your virtual mat and place Rectangle Vertical (2.70” W by 3.68” H) in the center of the large face. Group, and cut. (see diagram 1)

  2. Open book_base1.svg on your virtual mat. Rotate the file by 180 degrees, as this is the orientation how the pieces are joined together. Place book_base1.svg over the book_base3.svg, such that the bigger face overlaps one another and joins on the right hand side. Place Oval Vertical (2.25"W by 3.05"H) in the center of the Rectangle Vertical (see diagram 2). Move the book_base3.svg away, and should leave you with book_base1.svg with Oval Vertical. Group and cut. (see diagram 1)
  3. Diagram 2

    Cut other Antique Book Matchbox files (book_base2.svg, book_cover.svg, pages1.svg and pages2.svg). You can emboss the pages1.svg and pages2.svg to make them look like pages.

  4. Frames for the compartment windows: Use queen_anne_half.svg (blackout) and place Rectangle Vertical (2.70” W by 3.68” H) in the center, and cut. Cut Oval Vertical (2.50” W by 3.30” H) with acetate, and a corresponding frame using the same Oval Vertical but with (2.25” W by 3.05” H) on the inside. (see diagram 3 for both frames). Adhere the acetate to the frame.
  5. Diagram 3

    Assemble, but DO NOT glue on the book_cover.svg yet. Adhere the frames as well.

  6. For the inside pages, cut Rectangle Horizontal (8.9” W by 5.066”. Score down vertically down the middle (at 4.45”) and then score another line at 0.2” from that line only on one side. Fold. This small section is used to glue the ‘page’ onto the assembled book_base3.svg on the left hand side. Adhere.
  7. Adhere the book_cover.svg to the back of the book and then glue the top cover to the first inside page. So, when you open the book, it should have one full blank page, and then the next page should have the open window page.
  8. Book bind: Cut pretty_card_alt1.svg and score at 1.75” from the decorative edge, and then another at 2.5” from that initial score line. Fold and adhere to the cover of the book.
  9. For the inside pop-out on the first page, cut Rectangle Horizontal (4.75” W by 5.066” H) and then score down at the following points from the left hand side: 0.5”, 2.25”, 2.75”, 2.95” and at 4.5”. The numbers may look confusing when scoring, but if you calculate the width between each one, it should make it easier to score. Fold the lines and glue the end flap (should have 0.25” left) to the other end. Place the 0.2” on the bottom (the same 0.2” portion should align with the pages cut out in step 6. Glue on the pop-up rectangle. (This is the base for where I added the truffles)
  10. Cut all other embellishments and adhere where your heart desires! I added 3D roses, stamped sentiments, double-layered butterfly (take two cuts, and by scoring and only adhering in the middle gives a great look), borders and corners, truffles (used glitter glue for sprinkles), key and a heart padlock, coupons in an envelope, fanned heart (score heart vertically down the middle, and attach one side to another for 4 cuts)… there’s no limit!

Have fun and put your own twist to it!

Design Tips

Thienly - SVGCuts Design Team Artist

  • Decide upon what ‘style’ you are trying to achieve. Modern? Vintage? Then pick corresponding papers that fit your style. I tried to get more of the vintage feel, so Echo Park Yours Truly papers worked wonderfully.
  • Look at the patterned papers that you picked out – do they go together? The colors? The patterns? If you choose all the papers from one certain collection, then it should be okay!
  • Try to pick out important colors from the patterned papers that you picked out. Mine was red, pink, black and white.
  • Can you think of any embellishments that fit your style? Vintage goes well with lace, crinkled ribbons, pearls, antique items such as pen tip and floral ornament, which I used. If it’s modern, stick to clean simple lines and objects. Fun objects would be buttons, twine, and glitter.
  • Inking the items will add to the vintage feel. (I used black ink to distress the edges) If you’re doing the modern look, not inking is probably better, as it allows it to be clean and simple.
  • If you decide to embellish with other things than I did, cut out all of the files first (assemble and ink if needed) and place them on your project, making sure that it balances with your project) before adhering them down permanently.
  • Don’t feel like you need to stick to the cuts that I chose for my project. There’s plenty of fantastic SVG Cuts files that would fit this project!

It may look complicated at first, but don’t give up! It’s just a simple twist to Mary’s Antique Book Matchbox, and it allows you to make a ‘personalized’ book. Think of all sorts of possibilities: a cookie recipe book with sprinkles, chocolates, and icing tube in the compartment, a memoir book with special items inside, or even a baby’s first book with baby’s first teeth/hair clippings as a keepsake! Aren’t they fun ideas? I hope that you give this project a try!


14 Responses to “All-In-One Valentine’s by Thienly Azim”

  1. Kim January 10, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!!!  I love every inch of this.  Great tutorial too and thanks for the tips!

  2. Terri D January 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Once again Theinly you have outdone yourself.  This is fantastic!

  3. KimberlyRae January 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Girl, love your T A L E N T! You Rocked Every one of these Awesome kits!!

  4. Bfiscus January 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    This is a totally amazing project!  I cannot believe how you come up with all of your wonderful ideas!

  5. Jacki January 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Another masterpiece from Thienly!!! I love it!

  6. Laura L January 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    Ahh! I love it!! I so have to make this! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Nia Flannery January 11, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Thank you Thienly, this is beautiful I will try it.

    • Thienly January 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Yay! Make sure that you post it on the SVG Cuts’ wall – I’d love to see your version!

  8. G3rryh3n January 11, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I really like this creatice idea of yours! I really wish there would be a video to show how this was done because I got lost when I’m reading the instructions given. 

    • Thienly January 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      Thanks everyone! I’ll see what I can do… not sure about a video, but maybe a step by step visual…  glad that you all liked it! :)

      • G3rryh3n January 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

        A step by step visual would be great! I like your creation so much and it’s stuck on my mind even when I sleep. LOL!! Am thinking where to get your pattern papers even. Thanks soooooo much!

        • Thienly January 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

          Lol! Hopefully that I’ll get that visual done soon… been so busy! The papers are all Echo Park Yours Truly collection – their newest line.  Sooo pretty! The solid colored cardstock is from American Crafts – they make the best cardstock for cutting machines!

      • Jennthomas25 January 12, 2012 at 9:36 am #

        A step by step visual would be awesome!  I tried it but got lost somewhere!  I managed to get it to come together, but just barely.  :-p  Thanks! :)

  9. Carmen Lucero February 16, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Thienly,  I just had a chance to look through your project – it is amazing!  Thanks for making the template so I can see it on the mat.

    Hopefully I won’t get lost when I start assembling LOL

    Hugs,

    Carmen L