Remember my Ladybug and Bee Stenciled Valentine Pillows? My girls loved them, so I used the same graphics to create them in paper using my trusty Xyron 5-inch Creative Station. I am also providing free Cricut cut files, or if you don’t have a Cricut, I have also provided templates for you cut the shapes by hand.
- Red, yellow, and black cardstock
- Black scrapbook paper that is white on the other side (or use white printer paper)
- Xyron 5-inch Creative Station
- Xyron 1.5-inch Sticker Maker
- Cricut Explore and mat
- Cricut pen in Midnight, or stamps/pens if not using a Cricut
- 1/4” Hole punch
- Bakers twine
- Double-sided adhesive such as Xyron Glue Dots, Xyron Mega Runner, or Xyron Double-sided Tape to adhere candy to ladybug
- Goodies to attach to the Valentines (I used honey sticks for the bee, and heart chocolates for the ladybug)
Directions If you’re not using a Cricut, you can download the Bee and Ladybug Valentine Template below, print it out on white cardstock, and cut out the shapes. Then, trace the shapes onto cardstock in the indicated colors and cut them out by hand (for the hearts, you can cut out your own in approximately the same size). Use a pen or stamps to write your message inside the flip heart, on the white side. Then you can skip all of the Cricut steps to the adhesive step. If you’re using a Cricut Explore, load all of the images below into your Cricut Design Space. You’ll use them for both the bee and the ladybug. First we’ll do the bee. Insert the images onto your canvas. They will all appear as black and in a small size. Then…
- Change the colors of the Bee Back heart to a yellow color (any yellow is fine) by clicking on it in the Layers box.
- Click on it and drag it so it’s 4.75 inches wide (any bigger and it won’t fit into a 5-inch Xyron machine).
- Copy and paste one more of this heart so that you have two.
- Enlarge the Bee Body to about 4.25 inches long by 2.3 inches wide. Keep it black.
- Shrink the Bee Front heart to 2×2 inches. Change it to the same yellow as the other yellow hearts (make sure it’s the same, otherwise it will ask you to switch to a new mat. It’s not a big deal, just a little bit of a pain).
- Change the color of the Bee Middle Flip image to white. Size it to 3 inches wide.
- Click on Insert Text on the left. Type in your message (such as “Honey Bee Mine”) and change the font to Simple Celebrations. This is a simple (and free) Cricut font that looks good with the pen. Put one word per line. Drag the lettering to the bottom heart of the Bee Middle Flip image and resize it so it fits within the heart (about 1.1 inches wide).
- Change the text from Cut to Write, and pick Midnight as your pen color.
Everything should look something like this: Now that you’ve resized and changed the colors of everything, you’re ready to cut! The Cricut will cut all like colors together, plus it will write with the pen on the flip hearts. First, it cut the Bee body. Use black cardstock. Set the dial to Cardstock. When it’s done, click Next Mat. Then it prompted me to cut the hearts, so I used yellow cardstock. It cut both the large hearts and the small heart, because I set them to all the same color yellow. Click Next Mat. Finally for the flip heart, I used black scrapbook paper that was white on the other side. We want the black to show when the card is closed, but we want black lettering on the inside, thus the white underside. But if you don’t have black paper with white on the other side, you can adhere a piece of white printer paper to a piece of black cardstock. I used my Xyron 5-inch Creative Station to do this. Set the Cricut dial to Cardstock + if you are doing it this way to account for the additional thickness. Either way, place the paper onto your mat, black side down, and insert your Midnight pen. When you clicked Next Mat, this is what the mat looks like, with the writing next to the flip hearts. To move the writing so it’s on top of the flip hearts, click Back to Preview, and you will be able to drag the lettering onto the bottom flip heart. The Cricut will first write the letters. Then it will cut the flip heart shape. All done cutting the Bee! I ran all of the pieces except for the Bee Body through my Xyron 5-inch Creative Station. Make sure your flip heart is folded closed, and you’ll apply adhesive to the back of the heart with lettering. Sandwich the Bee Body in between the two big yellow hearts, so that it’s centered and the head antenna are sticking out about an inch above the top of the heart. Again, you should have no adhesive on the Bee Body. Close the flip heart, and adhere the small yellow heart onto the middle of the flip heart. Then, adhere that to the middle of the top large heart. All done! To attach the honey sticks, I punched two holes along either side of the flip heart, so the honey sticks would be positioned at an angle. I tied them to the back with twine. Done! Now for the Ladybug. Insert the same images onto your canvas (sorry, they have “Bee” in the name of the image files, hope it’s not confusing). Then…
- Resize the Bee Back heart to 4.75 inches wide and change the color to red. Copy and paste so you have 2 of these.
- Resize the Bee Top heart to 1.25×1.25 inches. Leave it black. Copy and paste this heart so you have 3 total.
- Resize the Bee Flip Heart to 1.25×1.45 inches (so when it’s closed, it’s the same size as the other hearts). Change the color to white. Then click Insert Text, and type your message (such as “Love Bug”), and choose the Simple Celebrations font. Resize the font so it will fit within the bottom flip heart (about 0.5 inches wide).
The Ladybug images should look something like this. You’ll be prompted to cut the body and the 3 hearts (all on black cardstock), then the two red hearts, then the flip heart with the lettering (make sure you move the lettering back onto the flip heart as you did with the bee) on the black paper with white background (black side down, white side up). I ran the large pieces through my 5-inch Xyron, and the smaller hearts and flip heart (folded) through my Xyron 1.5-inch Sticker Maker. I also cut by hand a strip of black cardstock as the stripe down the ladybug’s back and ran that through the 1.5 inch Xyron as well. Again, sandwich the body between the red hearts, and adhere the black hearts, flip heart, and stripe onto the red heart. All done! I used Xyron glue dots to adhere some heart chocolates onto the three hearts. There aren’t that many pieces to these Valentines. You may feel it’s less complicated to cut everything out by hand, especially since the shapes are pretty simple. You might just cut out the body and the flip heart with the Cricut, and cut the regular hearts by hand. Or cut everything by hand! But, I thought this was a good project to practice using my Cricut Explore, with the pen, and the changing of the mats, because it was so simple. So give it a try if you’ve been wanting to create your own designs with multiple layers.
And of course, my Xyron adhesives were awesome as always. I can always count on them to apply adhesives, mess free and smoothly. I use my 5-inch and 1.5 inch the most, though I love using all the sizes. It’s been great being on the Xyron Design Team so that I could try out all of their products. I already knew I loved them, but now I know for sure that I would highly recommend them. I’ve use them in paper crafts as well as sewing projects, from the very beginning of my blog!