Layered Hearts Shadowbox – Free Cut File

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Square shadowbox in white frame with hearts cut from red and various shades of pink hearts.

Hearts and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand.

With Christmas and New Year’s over, it’s time for some new decorations. The next holiday we decorate for is Valentine’s Day at my house.

This layered shadowbox design has eight layers and is easy to put together.

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  • Cardstock – I used 65lb. and the mirror gold cardstock. The gold layer is linked here. It’s Clear Path Paper on Amazon – a favorite of mine.
  • Foam Tape – For this project, I used two different sizes. 1/8 inch and 1/2 inch.
  • Spray Adhesive
  • 8×8″ Shadowbox Frame – Belmont from Michaels
  • Light grip mat (blue light grip) – I used a well-used green mat on this project. Normally with cardstock, I use a blue mat.
  • Brayer
  • Cricut Maker – or your favorite cutting machine.
  • Design #155 – Layered Hearts Shadowbox – My free cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).

Step-By-Step Directions For A Layered Shadowbox

After you’ve downloaded the Layered Hearts Shadowbox design from the freebie vault, unzip and upload the design to Cricut Design Space.

The design should upload at 7.55″ wide. I used this size for the 8 “x8” Shadow Box Frame. Extra hearts have been included along the bottom of the design if you’d like to cut extras and include them on the sides of the top layer.

If the size needs to be changed, I recommend resizing while the design is still grouped to keep all the layers proportional. Once the size is set, you’re ready to “Make It.”

Choose the cut settings based on your material. I used Recollections Cardstock and find the Medium Cardstock setting on my Maker works perfectly.

Once all pieces are cut, it’s time to put them together. As shown in the photo above, I included dots in the middle layers for easy layering. They will go from one to five as the layers go down from the top.

To start assembling layers, I used spray adhesive to attach the smaller heart (cut in gold) to the layer with one dot. Set aside to allow time to dry.

To attach the layers, I used a combination of 1/8 inch and 1/2 inch double-sided foam tape.

Start with the back of the layer with five dots and adhere it to the very back layer.

Foam tabs on back of layered cardstock design

Continue to work up through the layers using foam tape between each layer.

After all the layers were attached, I then added the big gold heart with spray adhesive and added some extra little hearts in the corners.

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  1. Wow, this is absolutely beautiful, thank you so much. I am going to re read your instructions over again, think I can make it. Love your beautiful picture and you have such a beautiful smile.😍

  2. The dots on the bottom of the design will be a tremendous help. What a great idea to help with the order. Thank you!

  3. Your shadowbox of hearts is so delicate and special! I love how you have created all the tiny hearts in layers.
    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful file! 🙂

  4. Gjoa, I love this heart design (I love all of your creations). I think this would be nice to give to anyone, not just your Valentine.
    I have been following you for almost two years, and I can not believe you have not made this your full-time job yet. You are so incredibly talented!!

    1. Thank you! Hopefully one day I can make it my full-time job. That’s certainly my hope and dream. I’m sure trying.

  5. Thank you for all you do! I really appreciate YOU. I used one of your links to order a T-shirt from Amazon. I received it today and it’s actually the brand I’m able to purchase from Hobby Lobby. It’s so cozy and soft!! Yours is the baseball style, Hobby Lobby doesn’t carry that style. I was so HAPPY, I can’t wait to make a valentine shirt for myself!!

    1. Thanks for using my link. I truly appreciate it. I think I know the shirt you’re talking about. The Next Level baseball style raglan. They’re my favorite. So soft!

  6. I love all of your files. They are so easy to work with and I never have a hard time working with them. I have made many of alphabet mAndalas for gifts. I just made the letter L and it turned out so nice. Thanks again for being so generous.

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