A vibrant pop-up heart card for your sweetie on
A handmade card is a wonderful way to say “I love
you” on Valentine’s Day. This classic pop-up design is embellished with
vintage images of cupid and a loving couple, and some specialty papers.
Easy enough for kids to make!
the Victorian age, Valentine cards were more popular than Christmas
cards, and they took every possible form. Early in the century,
hand-made cards were adorned with lace, fabric, ribbon, feathers, spun
glass, mirrors, honeycomb paper, dried flowers and seeds, hair, and
practically anything that could be glued. As the printing industry
developed, machine-made cards were produced in the same vein, adding
pop up mechanicals, vovelles, fold-out scenes and more.
Card stock or a blank note card, 7“ X 10 5/16”.
Heavy matte photo paper is good for this. You’ll want a matching 5 1/4”
X 7 1/4” envelope, too.
One 8.5” X 11” sheet of deep red paper.
One 8.5" X 11" sheet of pink paper.
One 8.5” X 11” sheet of hand-made paper or
parchment, for printing the text.
Glue stick or other paper adhesive.
Scissors or craft knife (or razor blade) and
cutting mat. A paper cutter is best for cutting the note card stock.
Decorative edge scissors, in scallops or
Glitter glue or dimensional paint for edging.
and fold your blank note card across the width, to 7” X 5 1/8”.
Using the template and instructions, fold and
cut the red paper to create the heart pop-up. Save the remaining paper.
Open the card and lay it flat, with the crease
vertical. Place the heart pop-up directly on the middle crease with the
mountain folds (folds that point up) in line with the crease. Glue down
the two hearts on the right and left. Do not glue the top and bottom
hearts which fold up when the note card is closed.
Cut a rectangle of pink paper with scallop
scissors, about 1/2" smaller than the length and width of your front
cover. Glue it in the center of the cover as a background
the text on the hand-made or parchment paper. Cut out each word with
deckle-edge scissors, or rip them out carefully. Glue them to the
Valentine cover and inside.
Cut out the vintage images in heart shapes.
Make a small template first, about 2” high for the cupid image. Just
cut along the heart outline for the image of the loving couple.
Using the leftover red paper, cut out a heart
with your scallop scissors, a little bigger than your cupid image. Glue
the cupid image in the center.
Glue your message pieces where you like them.
Glue on the images. If you wish, outline your inside image with
dimensional paint or glitter glue
Try some different messages. The inside of the
pop-up hearts looks like a star, so how about “You are my star” or
maybe “Pop goes my heart” – need we go on?