With Valentine's Day less than a week away, I was excited to use this fun new free printable from Studio Calico! It took me all of an hour from start to finish and I'm really happy with the result...I can't wait to see how you use it!
To start this project I gathered up a few materials from the Sugar Rush Kits that I thought would be fun to add to my Letterbox.
I chose to use a small rice box for my letterbox, rather than a cereal box, because I liked the way the graphics fit on this smaller box better than they would have on a larger box. Any size box would work though, really...and, if you choose cut your graphics with a Silhouette, you can resize them to make them larger.
First you will want to cut the Letterbox pieces. You can do this a couple of ways...you can either print the pieces onto patterned paper and cut them, print them onto plain paper and use them as templates, or use the .png files and cut them with your Silhouette. I chose to cut them with my Silhouette because I am a horrible fussy-cutter.
After my pieces were cut I used a permanent marker to outline the edges of each different graphic. I like the depth this gives the pieces...
After doing all of my outlining, I arranged them on my front (base) piece (the larger background graphic) and adhered them.
I embellished the front with the gold Lemon Lush alpha stickers and some other pieces from the Sugar Rush Kits. And then, because I love hand-sketching, I added a few little sketches with a black Precision Pen.
Next I cut the top from my rice box and glued patterned paper around the sides and back of the box.
Finally I adhered my letterbox base and graphic pieces to the top of the rice box. And it's done! Now you have the most darling little box to hold all of your (or your childrens') little Valentine's cards.
Barbara Picinich put together her own version of this letterbox - here's how she did it :
I knew immediately that this project would be a fantastic way to repurpose an extra Studio Calico Project Life box so I adjusted the size of the pieces to fit the shape. I loved the graphic almost trompe l'oeil look of the pieces when cut in black and white and decided to keep it super graphic. I used my Silhouette Cameo and the Print and Cut feature to print then cut each piece using the Offset feature so the pieces would have a nice white edge around them. My husband cut the hole in the front flap of the Project Life box using an exacto knife and it ended up being super easy to cut. I covered all of the edges that would be shown with black washi tape and covered everything with white cardstock. I layered each piece on the cover with foam tape for dimension and then cut the red heart out of foil paper for a single pop of color. I opted not to cut out the larger door opening since the box opened easily but did add some text and the swirls to that piece before printing and cutting.
Supplies : Studio Calico Valetine's Letterbox Printable, Studio Calico Project Life kit box, Silhouette Cameo, white cardstock, Black Chalk Washi tape, Red Foil cardstock, Fonts – Voluptate Demo and Bergamot Ornaments, adhesive and foam tape