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That time is here...stressing over valentines for your children's classmates. I end up dreading this every year and waiting until the last minute to get something done. This year in my quest to actually organize and do things ahead of time, I decided to start my project a bit early. This also coincided with my first blog post for CutCardStock.com as an influencer. I am excited to be working with them. I purchase a lot of my basic cardstock, especially Neenah solar white papers and envelopes, from them. CutCardStock.com has a lot of variety and they can do custom cutting on site. I decided to use 12x12 sheets of their DCS white and show ways to stretch that white cardstock. Please read on to see what I made.
Stretch your cardstock
White card stock is such a staple in a paper crafter's stash. I decided to make a background on the 12x12 sheets of DCS white. This paper is 80lb which holds it shape, stamps well and will make a great treat box. On these 12x12 sheets, I used Hero Arts Four Hearts stamp set which is an older set of 4 rubber stamps in a heart shape with different text/graphics on them. I used Catherine Pooler inks in a variety of colors (20 in all) because these inks stamp so well the first time (no need to restamp) and all the stamping was going to be done with just a stamp block and eyeballing placement.
Assembling the boxes
After the paper had been stamped, I used my Cricut to cut out Gable Box Square from Bags, Tags, Boxes and More 2 set. The boxes were 9"W x 5.7"H which allowed me to cut two boxes from each sheet of 12x12 paper. At this time, I also had the Cricut cut out 2" hearts. The boxes were easy to assemble. Cricut scores the fold lines so I folded along these lines, reinforced the fold with a bone folder and used one small strip of 1/4" Scor Tape to keep the box together. Since it was a milk box, the bottom just folded together.
Decorating the boxes
I wanted to add some flair to the boxes so I used Right at Home Kiss Kiss stamp set to stamp conversation hearts out of Basis Dark Red cardstock. On each of these hearts, I added sentiments to the hearts by using VersaMark and then white heat embossing. The hearts were punched with a 1/8" circle punch and added to the milk cartons using red baker's twine. I also punched some small hearts from the same dark red cardstock and glued them onto the cartons. For the to/from tag, I used those hearts cut from the Cricut, added a gold frame using a Krylon gold marker and had my children write in their school friends' names. These hearts were glued onto the front of the cartons.
I hope this post inspired you to get your valentine's together. This was not that hard to put together and I really just used what I had on hand to make these handmade valentines. I would love to see what you make with your crafty stash. Let me know in the comments below what you have made and what you would put into these milk carton valentines. Have a crafty day.
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