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A vibrant pop-up heart card for your sweetie on Valentine's Day

Pop-up Valentine heart card photoA 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!

During 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.


  • Vintage images (PDF download)
  • Message text - "My heart leaps for you Valentine." (PDF download)
  • Heart template and cutting instructions. (PDF download)
  • 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.
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    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 deckle-edge design.
  • Glitter glue or dimensional paint for edging.


  1. Materials for the heart pop-up cardScore and fold your blank note card across the width, to 7” X 5 1/8”.
  2. Using the template and instructions, fold and cut the red paper to create the heart pop-up. Save the remaining paper.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Glue the right and left hearts to the open cardPrint 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?

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