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I've been off to a slow start with 2021 creating. Other than a few birthday cards, I haven't done much. Between some non-Covid health issues and tests, one of my besties testing positive for Covid and worrying about her, and the events of the year so far, I've been stuck. Anyone else like that? Sometimes it just takes seeing something hit your inbox to get you unstuck and that's exactly what happened when I got an email from Maggie Rose Design Co. with a free SVG cut file for a gorgeous layered heart. If you have or are thinking about getting an electronic cutting machine, you really want to check out Maggie's site! As soon as I saw the design I fell in love with it and knew I wanted to make something using it.
- Free Layered Flower Heart SVG File, Maggie Rose Design Co.
- Five sheets of cardstock
- Cardstock for background
- 12x12 Shadowbox Frame ( Michaels)
- Foam tape squares (Dollar Tree)
- Electronic Cutting Machine ( I used my Cricut Explore Air 2)
I went with neutral colors because I may keep this out beyond Valentine's Day. I used two sheets of cream cardstock, one black, one white and grey marbled, and one silver glitter.
You'll be building your heart from the base layer up so think about that as you're deciding which paper to use for which layer.
I imported the SVG file into Cricut Design Space and sized to fit centered in the frame. I made mine 9 inches. Cut your layers.
Once you have your layers cut, you can begin building your heart. I started with a cream layer for the base and used foam tape squares to attach the black layer.
Repeat with the remaining layers, taking care as you get to the more detailed final two layers to position your foam squares where they won't show.
This is with the third layer applied and you can see how it's coming together ( oops excuse that errant foam square!).
When you're all done you can see how all of the layers work together and I was so happy with how this turned out!
To complete, adhere your background paper to the inside of the back of the frame and then I added a strip of tape to secure my layered heart. In this pic, I hadn't yet attached the layers so they're not lined up precisely.
One of the skills I have on my 2021 list to learn is how to make my own layered files but as I do that, I remain grateful for Makers like Maggie Rose who share their creations!