Friday, 11 February 2011

Valentine/anniversary gift set using Baroque Motifs

Well, it's almost Valentine's weekend and I have another valentines project to show you - a simple card with a matching treat box containing three chocolate hearts. My very talented friend Caroline recently showed me some cards she'd made using strips of card as ribbon-alike embellishments and I thought it was the perfect technique to use on this card.

Here's how to make the card:

  • Cut an A4 piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock in half vertically to make a card base. Mask off the bottom and stamp the swirl from Baroque Motifs in versamark ink before heat embossing it with clear embossing powder.
  • Cut a very thin strip of Real Red card stock, using your trimmer, and glue it to the base of the embossed swirl. Cut another, slightly thicker strip and glue it underneath. Trim off the excess with sharp paper snips. 
  • Press a versamark pad directly onto Real Red card stock and heat-emboss it with clear embossing powder. Punch four hearts out of the resulting shiny card stock. Glue one heart onto the card stock strips then add another overlapping it with a piece of dimensional. Reserve the other two to decorate the box.
  • Stamp a sentiment onto Cherry Cobbler card stock using versamark ink. Heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. Punch out with the modern label punch and attach to the card front.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Seasonal Wishes (retired)
Ink: versamark
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red
Other: Clear embossing powder, modern label punch

Here's the matching box I made to house these sweet chocolate hearts. My chocolates were 3.5cm square x 1cm high but you can adapt the size depending on what you want to put in it.

Here's how to make the treat box:

  • First make the insert for the box.
  • Cut a 3.5cm x 14.5cm strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock and score it at 3.5cm, 4.5cm, 5.5cm, 9cm, 10cm and 11cm. Fold the card stock to make the insert (see diagram A side view.)

  • Now make the box base.
  • Cut a 6.5cm x 13.5cm piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and score 1.5cm in on all edges. Fold all the score lines and make cuts as shown on diagram B. Fold into a box shape and secure with Sticky Strip.
  • Now make the box lid.
  • Cut a 6.6cm x 13.6cm piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and score 1.5cm in on all edges.
  • Stamp the card stock with the swirl from Baroque Motifs using versamark ink. Heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. Fold all the score lines and make cuts as for box base.
  • Lay the lid flat and mark the centre with a pencil. (Find the centre by drawing two diagonal lines from corner to opposite corner and marking where the lines intersect.) Use the 1 1/4" square punch to cut an aperture in the centre of the lid. Cut a 3.5cm square piece of window sheet and glue to the underside of the lid.
  • Fold the lid into a box shape and secure with Sticky Strip.
  • Make a small square hole in a piece of Real Red card stock using the 1 1/4" square punch. Now position the 1 3/8" square punch over the hole and punch to make a thin frame. Glue this over the window on the lid of the box and decorate with the shiny hearts left over from making the card.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Ink: versamark
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red
Other: Clear embossing powder, window sheet, square punches

I do apologise for the dreadful photos today. It's nothing to do with my camera - it's just very difficult to take a photo of the rich Cherry Cobbler on a day of such low light levels!

How are you spending the Valentine's weekend? If I'm not whisked away to Paris on a swirl of rose petals (and let's face it, what are the chances of that?!) I think I'd like to curl up by the fire watching romantic films and eating chocolates!

Shall we have a look at the Punch Bunch Sale-a-bration set next week? I have a feeling you're going to need that set too!
Have a lovely weekend,


  1. Lovely Vicky. I heart your gorgeous red card. Beautiful stamping. The flourish is amazing.
    I made a red card too today hehehe.

    What a nice V present to receive :) yumm

  2. Ooh these are fab Vicky, so stylish. I particularly love the gift box and thinking I could easily adapt it to hold a box of cigarettes or a creme egg! I think I will be spending Valentines weekend alone with my creme egg as Rich is working! Hope you have a good one with your choccies and your dvd...hugs Shelly x

  3. Fabulous Vicky. Love that flourish and done in black makes it very classy.
    Lynne xxx

  4. Gorgeous and I love the box
    Margaret x

  5. Vicky - these are amazing!! I love the richness of the colour and baroque is perfect for Valentine's day - love the chocolate box too!!

  6. Wonderful! Thankyou for sharing this and popping by my blog.

  7. What a great project, Vicky! Hope you get to do whatever your heart desires this Valentine weekend! (And I had just decided that Punch Bunch was one Sale-a-bration set that I did not need... better not check your blog until after the event is over in the U.S. I know you'll change my mind!)

  8. It's been a long time since I've used that stamp set. It really makes an elegant Valentine.

  9. Wow, this is certainly stunning - love the little chocolate box.


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