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Creating A Heart-filled Tiered Tray Décor

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Posted on January 17, 2023 by Jan Hunter
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A search for Valentine files on Creative Fabrica (CF) brought up an overwhelming number of items!  A few days ago, 61,00 items came up in a search using Valentine’s Day. But don’t be dismayed… pick a few that catch your eye and go from there.  Don’t forget to look at a few files that may not be focused specifically on Valentine’s Day. Remember, you can use additional filters to focus on specific types of files you’re looking for.  You’ll be surprised at all the different pathways you can take to create your own fabulous Tiered Tray décor for this holiday and others.

DIY: Creating A Heart-filled Tiered Tray Décor

A few of the files you’ll need if you choose to create the projects shared below as shown:

  1. Pinsetter Line Single Line Font
  2. Valentines Background Papers
  3. Square Box Frame SVG Cut File Collection
  4. 3D Multilayer Heart

You’ll also need:

  • AC Cardstock
  • Bazzil Cardstock
  • Neenah 110# Cardstock (11 x 17in)
  • Electronic Cutting machine and associated software (Skycut C24 and SCAL 5 Pro)
  • Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue
  • Foil Quill and Foil
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Printable Cotton Fabric (Jacquard)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Polyfill

Let’s get started on our first project!  Can you make just one?  We couldn’t!  Here’s one of ours!

Valentine’s Day-inspired Square Frame

  1. Cut the 3” square frame from the Square Box Frame file using your electronic cutting machine.
  2. Create a square that will fit within the boundaries of the box frame, and fill the square with a print from one of the many Valentine background files.
  3. Using a heart found in the library of SCAL, fill with the desired color and add your favorite conversation heart word using the Pinsetter font 2 file. TIP:  You can load the font directly in the SCAL for use.
  4. Change the text to Print and the color of the text to white. Print both the heart and the square following the software instructions for your machine.
  5. Cut the printed shapes following the directions in the software for your cutting machine.
  6. Adhere the square to the center of the box frame.  Assemble the frame and add the heart using some foam dots for a little more dimension. If desired, ink the edges of the frame for a little more texture.

Bundled books for your Valentine’s Tray Décor

  1. If you’ve reviewed previous tiered tray projects, you’ll notice that the bundled “books” are a favorite décor piece used in similar projects… for this grouping there wasn’t any wood readily available, so a box was made using paper.
  2. Make 3 boxes for the stack used in this grouping.  These will become the base for your book covers.
  3. Choose your “titles” and select again the Pinsetter font – and using the text tool in the SCAL software, add the “titles” to the covers.
  4. Set the text to DRAW.  We planned on using the Foil Quill, standard point to foil the titles.  Just make sure that you have pre-heated the quill for about 15 minutes before using.  Make sure the quill is plugged in to keep the heat constant during use.
  5. The covers used for our books measure 3” x 4.5” and the foiling is done with the foiling centered horizontally and about .25” from the right edge.
  6. The Love you, A Bushel, & A Peck have special meaning in our family – so those were the words we used.  Since this is a single line font, no line fill was used or needed.
  7. Wrap the covers around the box or wood base, adhering with some double stick tape.
  8. Ink the book cover edges with some white ink to add a bit of a shabby look. 
  9. Once the boxes are covered, stack them in order, wrap with cording, ribbon or twine and add additional embellishments as desired.

TIP:  If you’re using wood, you can use some other options such as stencils to add your titles directly to the painted wood.  Sand edges for a worn look if desired.

3D Layered Heart for your Tiered Tray

  1. Our third project for this year’s tiered tray is the 3D-Layered Heart.
  2. We’ve used the file previously, and it’s one of our favorite layering projects.
  3. Cut each layer separately using 7 different colors in the red and pink family. TIP:  When you open the file, all the layers are visible in a single image. Just hide the layers you aren’t currently cutting.  It’s very easy to hide and reveal each layer in the Layers Palette in SCAL 5.
  4. Glue the top couple of layers together using a fine tipped glue bottle.

Mini Heart Bowl Fillers

Our fourth and last project are a few mini heart bowl fillers.  You can set these hearts on dowels or wires or place in a container to use on our tray.

  1. The cotton fabric (by Jacquard) was printed on an inkjet printer.
  2. Following the manufacturer’s directions, print and set the color as indicated.
  3. Where these hearts will not be worn or washed frequently, applying the Print Guard was not used.
  4. When hearts are stored, keep in a sealed plastic bag to keep them from accumulating dust. 
  5. Cut the hearts using your cutting machine (or by hand), add a .25 inch shadow around the original heart shape.
  6. Hide the original shape and cut just the shadow layer using your machine’s fabric mat – make sure the fabric has a stabilizer on the back.  (The original paper backing was left on until the shapes were cut.)
  7. Stitch using a .25-inch seam and stuff as desired. TIP:  you can add some dried lavender, rose petals, etc. for a lingering scent as the scent is released when these pillows are handled.
  8. Add embellishments if desired.  We chose to leave the hearts unembellished.
  9. Don’t forget to look in your stash for items you may already have that you can use to finish your tray.
  10. We’ve pulled a few things from previous projects that can be used, i.e., heart ornaments in both clear and red, a mug filled with candy conversation hearts, and other fun “found” items to add to the month’s tray.
  11. Arrange your pieces in your tray as desired. 

Don’t forget to share your projects with us.  We’d love to see what you create!  For additional inspiration, check out Jan’s page on The Artistry or take a quick peek at her blog.


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