Pop Up Valentine's Day Card

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I was crazy all over Pinterest and the blog world this weekend looking for inspiration for handmade Valentine's Day cards. I did the worst thing any of us can do - and compared my meager Silhouette and card-making skills to those of seasoned crafters. Boo. That's never a good thing. After cutting a lot of shapes (and wasting one card) I finally pulled it together and made a pop up Valentine's Day card for my grandma.

Be sure to grab the free chained hearts Silhouette Studio file at the bottom of the post!

I was inspired by these two cards when I made the design for the front:

Valentine's Card. I've already got this shape in my library. Could be really cute!
via Pinterest
via My Paper Secret
I used scrapbook paper that I had leftover from the Valentine's Day cards I made last year (although I think a solid color may look better for the chained hearts) and red construction paper (doing it the old-school way with the construction paper).

I created the chained hearts cut-file (which is a free download below) in Silhouette Studio and was able to use both the negative and positive of the cutout on the card. Once the chained hearts were cut out, I glued the heart shapes together (in stacks of five - I cut a few extra from trial and error), and then glued them on the bottom of the card to give a 3D effect.

That super cute cork arrow is from way back last year when I was participating in blog wars. Two of the sponsors were American Crafts and Crate Paper who supplied the participants with a ton of scrapbooking items (check out the loot here). One of the things they sent were raised cork stickers of arrows and chevrons. I used one of the arrows on this card and glued a red heart over it. 

Ready for the POP UP part?! I used this free cut-file from Under a Cherry Tree to create the inside!

The file is created so that the Silhouette knows when to perforate the cut so that you can pop out the paper without it being cut all of the way through. There is even the cut design to make the heart O contrasting (or complimentary). 

Isn't that so cool?! I love that the file is a free download and am so thankful for bloggers who take the time to share their creations.

Chained Hearts - here
Pop up LOVE - here
Fools For Love font - here *not sure if you need this font to use the cut file

If you are able to use the chained hearts file in a project for this Valentine's Day, I would love to see it! Leave a link in the comments section to your project!


  1. So so cute. Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. I love that Julia! Wish I had a Silhouette. :)

  3. This is so neat! Wish I had a fancy machine...but pinning so when I do have one I will be ready!
    Thanks for sharing at The Makers!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

  4. These are so cute! And it's always nice to meet another Julia!

  5. Love that pop-up! So fun!

  6. These are so pretty!

  7. These cards are some eye candy all on their own. Love that you are a card girl. Me too. Visiting via 'WeekendBlogBockParty.'

  8. This is really cute! Thanks for sharing at our party!

  9. Oh wow, that card turned out great! I really love the pop up inside! Pinning, and I featured this today on my blog!

  10. Pretty cards......thank you for sharing them w/ us. :) Gentle Joy

  11. What a cute card! Thanks for sharing it with us! Pinned to the party board!


  12. What an adorable card....now I just need one of those machines. ;) Thank you so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend! :)


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