Free Valentine Craft – You’re an Ex-STRAW-dinary Friend!

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Free Valentine Craft – You’re an Ex-STRAW-dinary Friend!

Do you want to make your own Valentine craft, but you need something that is adult and co-ed friendly? I was in the same boat, so I made this design. I was hunting all over Pinterest and Google looking for a cute craft that wasn’t too elementary and would be fun to cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  Now, I am excited to share with you my Free Valentine Craft – You’re an Ex-STRAW-dinary Friend!

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I stumbled upon these really cute Valentine Silly Straws at Hobby Lobby, and I impulsively bought them. Luckily, I had a gift card, so there was no guilt.  😉

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Legal Use:

This file is for personal use ONLY! This file is NOT for commercial use! If you wish to use this file to create a product to sell, you will have to buy a commercial license for reproduction for 500 copies or less. You can buy a license for 500 copies or less in my shop: You’re an Ex-STRAW-dinary Friend! Commercial License Cut File. You do not have permission to sell the files or offer the files as a free download on your website or anyone else’s website. When caught selling this file or using this file to create a product in which you did not buy a commercial license for 500 copies or less, you will be asked to remove immediately and possibly pay a fine in a ratio that correlates to the number of total downloads that you distributed. If you intend to produce more the 500 copies a royalty fee of 15% of total sales will be required. Please contact me to inquire about a royalty contract. If caught producing more then 500 copies without signing a royalty contract, then I will be in touch with my lawyer for fraud against creative theft of intellectual property. By downloading this file, you are agreeing to these terms. For any questions please contact me at crystal@cwdesign.studio. I check my email often, so please allow 1-2 business days for a response. 

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Opening File Tips:

  1. When you enter your email above to download the files, you will have to confirm your email address before receiving the files.
  2. After you confirm your email you will be directed to a webpage to download the files.
  3. Once you have the files downloaded, right click, and save the files in a really safe place where you will be able to find them again.
  4. Do not try to open the files directly from your email inbox. Because of pre-settings that may be on your computer, your computer will try to open the file with the wrong software.
  5. Open your cutting machine software.
  6. Import the file into a new document. If you have a Silhouette Cameo and are using Silhouette Studio, go to File>Open…> and select the file you just downloaded and saved. (Remember you saved it in a really safe place ;)) I do not have a Cricut, so your process of opening the file may be different.
  7. If all fails, try to drag and drop the cut file into the new document.
  8. Now the file should appear. If you do not see your file, try zooming out, and look for the design’s outline around the cutting board.

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Cut Tips:

  1. This design is two layers. The back is a silhouette of a heart with flowers, leaves and more hearts. The front layer is a heart with a “ribbon” saying, “You’re an Ex-STRAW-Dinary Friend!” as a play on words to “You’re an extraordinary friend.”
  2. The letters are designed as a stencil so that we don’t lose the inside of the “A or R” and other letters that have “islands” in them.
  3. Because the letters are designed to be a stencil, I highly suggest cutting the front layer no smaller than 5.125 inches wide, and the back layer staying within ratio. If the top layer is 5.125″ then the back is 6″ wide. If you cut it smaller the 5.125 then the words will not cut well as there are tiny gaps to keep the islands connected.
  4. I suggest cutting the front and back of different patterns or materials. Therefore, cut either the back or front first, by leaving the one off to the side of the cutting board while you cut out your first material.
  5. Once your first side is complete, unload the cutting mat and carefully weed your design from the mat.
  6. Place your other material on the cutting mat and load your paper.
  7. On your software, click on the design you just cut out, and move it off to the side of the cutting board, and replace it with the opposite side and send to the cutting machine.
  8. Once both sides are cut out, I recommend using spray adhesive to glue both pieces together.
  9. DO NOT INHALE SPRAY ADHESIVE. DO NOT USE SPRAY ADHESIVE INSIDE. If you get spray adhesive on your floor, wall or furniture IT WILL NOT COME OFF!
  10. Get a large cardboard box and place your cut piece inside the box and lightly spray one side.
  11. Pick it up carefully, not to get glue on your fingers, and attach it to the other side.
  12. Tada! Now just place a straw through the holes and you’re Valentine craft is complete! Yay!

Show me pictures on Instagram! @Crystal_Whitlow

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The Inspiration for this Project

Last year around Valentine’s Day I was totally caught off guard when some of my friends passed out Valentine’s! I felt really embarrassed that hadn’t bought anything in return. It was honestly no big deal, but I didn’t want to show up empty-handed again this year. I really enjoy my co-workers and I wholeheartedly want to make them something.


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