Sizzix Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a Sizzix tutorial for the sweetest Valentines treat boxes.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

I love Valentines Day, I love creating with all those pinks & reds, and creating treat boxes to hold chocolate?....Well what could be better?  I adore this "Matchbox" die by Where Women Cook.      The finished sizes of these boxes are 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 1 1/2.  I totally love how these came out and below, I'll show you how I made them.  I hope you enjoy!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

When I first got this die, I thought it was going to be a very small, sort of the standard size matchbox, but I was oh-so-pleasantly surprised when I opened it!  These are the perfect size for creating the most sweetest of Valentines gift boxes.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Tags, crochet trim, metal buttons and glitter give these the vintage look I was going for.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Be sure to add some "Love" coupons in the bottom of the box for an extra surprise for your recipient.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Sweet embellishments like glittered hearts and rosettes make these boxes as sweet as can be.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Here's what you'll need to re-create these Matchbox Valentines:

  • Matchbox die by Where Women Cook
  • Mini Love Struck Set by Tim Holtz
  • Mini Paper Rosettes by Tim Holtz
  • Extended Crease Pad
  • Base Tray
  • Sizzix Big Shot, Big Shot Pro or Vagabond Die Cutting Machine
  • Valentines themed papers and embellishments, I used papers by Authentique, "Smitten"
  • various trims, crochet and ric rac
  • metal vintage buttons
  • bakers twine
  • mini drawer pulls
  • distressing ink, I used Vintage Photo by Ranger
  • hot glue
  • red line tacky tape
  • silver tinsel rope
  • spray adhesive
  • chipboard
  • silver glass glitter
  • small piece of transparency
  • silver chunky glitter stickles
  • 1/8" hole punch
  • pen

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Okay, the first thing I did, was die cut 3 boxes from 3 different patterns of paper.  One pass from the die will equal one complete box.  There's no need for multiple passes with this.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

I love how this die also has an opening, so that you may place a mover & shaper in the center and die cut an image out.  I did this on one of the boxes to show you how versatile this die is.  I simply placed the mini-heart from the "Love Struck" set into the center of the opening, then die cut as normal.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Once you have your pieces, it's as simple as folding on the creases, then securing with a red-lined tacky tape.  These were easy as pie to assemble.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

I moved patterns around for variations, and when I was happy with the look, I kept them as is.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Next, I distressed all the sides with Vintage Photo distressing ink.  Since I will be putting perishables in these, I elected not to ink the insides of the boxes.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

I then gathered my trims, and wrapped them around the boxes and secured the ends with hot glue.  You can refer to the finished photo to see where I placed mine, but wrap wherever you'd like.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

I then used a base tray, and the mini-heart again from the "Love Struck" set, and die cut one from chipboard.  I sprayed it lightly with adhesive...

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Then covered it with glitter.  This is my topper for my rosettes.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Die cut 2 rosettes, one of each size, assemble and glue one on top of the other.  Then wrap silver tinsel around the middle, then adhere your heart to the top of the rosettes using hot glue.  This is then ready to glue to the top of your box, when you're ready.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

Okay, this is the box, with the cut out heart in the center.  Make sure you adhere a small piece of transparency paper to the inside of the box, covering the heart.  I did this after I assembled my boxes, because I had forgotten to in the beginning but no worries,  it's very easy to do even when the box is assembled.  I then outlined the heart with silver chunky stickles, and set it aside to dry.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

For the drawer pulls....you will notice that the die will already cut a small hole in which to slide a ribbon, but it was a little to high for me.  I wanted my drawer pulls to be more centered, so I used the other end of the box.  I made a small dot where I wanted my drawer pull to be, then punched a small 1/8" hole, then inserted the screw on the inside and the pull on the outside, and screwed them together till tight.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

I embellished further with tags, and vintage buttons.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

And when you are finished you are ready to fill with the yummiest of chocolate candies.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Matchbox Valentines by Hilary Kanwischer

I really adore how these turned out, and I hope these inspire you to create some of your own to give away.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hilary Kanwischer

 

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