Make a Valentine’s Day mailbox to recapture childhood memories! See how I used an SVG Cuts pattern to make mine, plus get tips for using SVG Cuts files.
What was your favorite part of Valentine’s Day when you were a kid? The candy, or maybe the cards from your classmates? For me, it was getting to make a Valentine’s Day mailbox every year at school. That’s why, when I came across the “Valentine Mailboxes” set by SVG Cuts, I just had to have it. This super sweet kit includes cutting files to make three different styles of mailboxes, each one cuter than the next!
Aren’t they all adorable? The Post Office Dropbox model, shown at right above, especially caught my eye.
My Valentine’s Day Mailbox
Here’s the Valentine’s Day mailbox I made with this pattern. What do you think? Since my Cricut Explore Air cutting machine did most of the work, it was super easy to put together.
To start, I downloaded the purchased files from SVG Cuts. Then, I uploaded the necessary files to Cricut Design Space, and set them up to score and cut. The heart and stripes patterned papers that I used are from the “Let’s Polka in the Meadow” 12×12 stack by Lawn Fawn. I’ve been hoarding these for a bit now, so it was time to use them!
Once the pieces were all cut out, it was just a matter of folding along the designated score lines and glueing the pieces of this Valentine’s Day mailbox together. The whole project took about 10 minutes to make, from download thru assembly. The only tools I needed besides my Cricut Explore Air and paper were glue and tape runner adhesive.
To decorate my Valentine’s Day mailbox, I used more goodies by Lawn Fawn. This darling “Love Letters” stamp set was part of their December release, and I just knew they would be perfect for this project.
To stamp the images, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I used my favorite medium — Copic markers — to color these up.
TIP: Although Memento Tuxedo Black doesn’t stamp as darkly as some other black inks, it’s perfect to use with Copic and other alcohol- or solvent-based markers.
Next, I cut the images out with the coordinating die set. I love how the dies give just enough white space around the outside of the images!Finally, I attached the images to my Valentine’s Day mailbox with foam tape for dimension. A little dimension makes every project look better, I think, so I use foam tape a lot!
Although my kids are past the age of trading classroom valentines, it occurred to me that this Valentine’s Day mailbox could also be used to hold other treats. For example, how about something yummy to eat? When made at full size, the Post Office Dropbox measures about 6.5 inches tall x 4.75 inches wide x 3.75 inches deep. The front panel also pops open, just like on a real post office dropbox. All of this combines to make this Valentine’s Day mailbox just right to hold a cute bag of candy or cookies. Ooh — or how about a special cupcake? Nobody is ever too old for cupcakes!
Tips for Using SVG Cuts Files
This is the first project that I’ve made using SVG Cuts files. Although I found them easy to use, I do have some tips for you, should you choose to give SVG Cuts patterns a try:
1. Check the cutting machine compatibility report at SVG Cuts before purchasing the files.
While SVG Cuts files are compatible with the Cricut Explore line of machines (Explore, Explore Air, Explore Air 2), some cutting machines can’t use them. Other cutting machines require special software before they can use SVG Cuts files. To be safe, check to see if your cutting machine is compatible with SVG Cuts files before you buy any.
2. Make a folder on your computer to hold all SVG Cuts files.
SVG Cuts files are available to download to your computer from their website as soon as your purchase is complete. Before downloading your files, I recommend making a dedicated new folder on your computer for them. This way, you’ll always know where to look to find your files!
3. Read the PDF file that is included with the set.
A full-color PDF file is included with every SVG Cuts pattern. In this file, you’ll find instructions for which pieces are needed to make each project, along with how to size each piece. Also, you’ll find a listing here of any extras included with the set that you can use to decorate your finished project!
3. Watch the assembly tutorial for your project.
SVG Cuts kindly provides a how-to video for each pattern that they sell. Watch it! The demonstrator shows how to put each project together, and shares other valuable tips, such as which adhesives work best with each pattern piece and why. The assembly video for any particular pattern is available near the bottom of its product listing at SVG Cuts. Just click the play button to watch it.
4. Edit the Score Lines
If you’re using a Cricut Explore line cutting machine (Explore, Explore Air, Explore Air 2), then you’ll need to edit the properties of the score lines on the pattern pieces in Design Space. For whatever reason, Design Space sees all lines on SVG Cuts files as ‘cut’ lines. If you don’t edit the before sending the project to your machine for cutting, you’ll end up with extra cuts and no folding guides. You don’t want that!
How to Edit Score Lines in Cricut Design Space
Editing the score lines of an SVG Cuts file in Design Space is easy to do. Here’s how:
1. Identify which pattern pieces include score lines. Score lines for SVG Cuts files show up in Design Space as dashed lines.
2. Click on a pattern piece that has score lines to select it.
3. Now locate the selected piece in the Layers panel at the far right of the canvas. It will be highlighted in blue-gray.
4. You should see two sub-layers listed for this pattern piece — one to cut out the main piece, and one to create the score lines. Identify the sub-layer that coordinates with the score lines, and click on the scissors icon to the right of its thumbnail image.
5. The ‘Layer Attributes’ panel opens to the left of the Layers panel. At the top of this panel, click on the ‘Score’ icon.
6. Verify that the ‘Score’ icon is now highlighted in the Layer Attributes panel. Also, check to make sure the icon next to the selected sub-layer in the Layers panel reflects the change. Instead of a scissors icon next to the score lines sub-layer, you should now see the score icon.
Repeat these steps for each pattern piece that includes score lines.
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Share Your Thoughts
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