I decided to give it a go, and this is what came out:
|(Yeah, the twine is crooked here, but I've fixed it.)
Solving (1) was just time-consuming and tedious. And don't sneeze. For (2), I applied adhesive to a piece of copy paper, stuck down the larger side of the white, laid in the outline of hearts so it fit tightly against the right edge of the opening, then pushed the left edge of the white layer in to complete the puzzle.
Hard to believe I made four of these, isn't it? I like the look, but I probably won't futz with it again. My patience wears very thin. Or else I'll have to suk it up and accept that I'll be trashing a lot of die-cut hearts in order to make just one.
Oh, and the save of the day:
There are a lot more not-so-random red hearts on this one. That's because after I'd finished piecing in the patterned hearts I managed to scratch the white card stock with my nail and it was ruined - RUINED! So that line of hearts on the left kinda covers up the scratch. I worked too hard on this to trash it. *wipes brow*
Thus ends my tale of woe for the day. I think I'll go try something less futzy for my next card.
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Products used: SU Night of Navy card stock, SU 2-way glue pen, Martha Stewart Heart Confetti punch, Twinery Mandarin twine, Martha gel glue, and the following: