{Valentines day} pixelated popup card

I‘ve been scratching my head trying to come up with a card for my hubby {AKA the non-romantic type}. I finally decided to make this pixely popup heart card!


Pixely popup card

They are really minimal (which I love) and take about 20 minutes to make (that includes the card, insert and envelope).

Pixely popup card

You can even make some pixely confetti to put inside the card (if you are a big kid like me!).

Pixely popup card

Full instructions and printable templates below!

Pixely popup card

(BTW I remember seeing something similar in a popup book years ago. If anyone knows of the book then do let me know!).

Pixely popup card

Pixely popup card

How to

1. Download the popup insert template and print out. I used paper but a thin card would probably be OK too. Using some scissors trim around the edge of the template.
2. Using a craft knife and ruler cut and score your card. See diagram below for more detail.

(If you have a cutting machine then see note at end of post!)

Pixely popup card

Cut along the black lines and score the grey lines.

Pixely popup card

3. Make the four valley folds as show below (thin yellow lines shown in fig. 3).
4. Slowly fold the top of the card inwards and the bottom half of the heart should begin to push out. (You don’t need to tape it to the table…I did because I was taking pictures at the same time!)

Pixely popup card

5. Fold card completely in half and smooth down
6. Make outer card and glue/tape popup insert inside. I just used a plain piece of paper which measured 9.5cm x 19cm and then folded it in half.

Pixely popup card

7. Print out the envelope template. Cut, score and fold.
8. Pop card inside and tape envelope shut (I added some pixely confetti too)!

Pixely popup card

Edited to add: The lovely Kayla from saynotsweetanne has send me a .dfx file of the card which you can use if you have a cutting machine. I have never even heard of a cutting machine…let alone used one so this is all a bit of a revelation (for me, anyway)!! You can download the file here. Thanks Kayla! You’re a star! (Please leave a comment to let me know if you find this file useful…if you do then I’ll try to find out how to generate them for all my print/cut posts).



290 Comments Leave yours

  1. Ruth #

    That is fantastic – wish I’d not bought one now. Ah well there is always next year.

    • Kate #

      Thanks Ruth….glad you like…as you say there is always next year!!

  2. really nice! thank you for sharing!

  3. Really like that, you are clever. xxxxx

    • Kate #

      Thanks Mum!!

      Love you ^_^

  4. wow thats awesome I love it, you really get the pixel effect!

  5. Fantastic!!! Great project!!!
    Thank you for sharing ^ _ ^

  6. Ohhhh! I love this! Thanks for the template and tutorial. I’m gonna make this!

    • Kate #

      Let me know how you get on Penny!

      • I’ve made two so far – so easy and fun! Thanks again!

        • Kate #

          Glad it went well Penny….hurrah!!!

      • hi i really like it and also it shows lot of design

  7. Since weeks, too many hearts all over the web. But yours are really different. Thanks for the idea !

    • Kate #

      What a lovely comment Katja. Thank you. I agree…it’s been a bit of a heart overload lately. My husband is not at all interested in the gooey/romantic stuff so nice to make something that I *hope* he likes (good job he never reads this!)

  8. Holly #

    I love these. What a great Valentine to hand out at school. It is hard to find cute Valentines for the boys. Thank You!

  9. Becky #

    Thank you thank you thank you! I was at a loss as to what to make this year, this is fab!

  10. Ev4n #

    Thanks a lot – this is totally awesome and saves valentines day for me :D
    I seriously had no idea what to get this year – and this one is so simple and yet perfect.
    Now – i need to buy pink paper :-)

  11. Laura C #

    Oh My! That is just about the cutest and funnest valentine I’ve come across!!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow, this is the best! Especially for boyfriends who aren’t into the sappy stuff (like mine). Thanks for the template/instructions!

  13. Laurie #

    That is brilliant! If only my girlfriend were as geeky as me. Maybe I’ll make one for myself.

    • Kate #

      Send your girlfriend the link Laurie ;-)

      • kuffygalea #

        This is so pretty! i’ve made four so far! Really cute and fun. Good for anniversaries too!

  14. Found your blog via pinterest– this is super cute! Great job!

  15. Diana B #

    The instructions reference gray and black lines, but when I look at (and print) the pdf template, all the lines are the same color. I see from the photo the score lines you highlighted in yellow, but on the lower sides of the heart, am I correct that you score all horizontal lines and cut all vertical lines? Thanks!

    It’s a beaut and I hope to make a few of them – like the rest of your posters here, I appreciate your sharing with us!

    • Kate #

      Hi Diana B,

      The diagram above is correct so just score according to that. I highlighted the black lines (with yellow) to make it easier to see.

      Let me know how you get on!

  16. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I made Valentine’s gift box customized according to your design. Thanks a lot you’re so talented!

  17. Thank you very much for this. Absolutely fabulous. Will let you know what my husband says. I’ll pop it in his lunchbox in the morning! Is there any way of making this more child-friendly so that I can get my 4-yr-old to help make one for his teacher?

    • Kate #

      Hi Vanessa, it’s too hard for little kids to make (you absolutely need to use a craft knife). I’ll try and have a think about the kids version. You could always let him decorate the outside???

  18. I love that! Thank you so much for sharing. That looks like a fairly easy project my kids can make. :) I’m going to have them try to do their own.

  19. Anna Lee #

    I know what my boyfriend is getting this year.

  20. So cute! I will definitely be making this. Thank you!

  21. <3 Thanks for sharing!

  22. Vic #

    This is so cute! I was thinking of making a pop-up, but had not come to this idea, just beautiful! Thanks for sharing

  23. Sorry I forgot to include the link so that you can see the final result, I customized it with a personal note space for gift notes: http://instagr.am/p/Gr_co0G-wO/ and http://instagr.am/p/o3aO6/ what do you think?

    • Kate #

      Hey Virginie…it looks really cool. Very clever of you to turn it into a box. I hadn’t thought of that at all.

      Nice cuff-links too! Hope you and your fella have an ace v-day!

    • Deborah K #

      What a great idea for the heart in the box!

  24. Nicole #

    My boyfriend and I are both pixel artists and actually met via pixel art. This is so perfect its killin me. Definitely whipping one up tonight!

  25. This. Is. Awesome. My husband works in IT and I’m going to turn this into a Zelda Heart Container. Also- I made a DXF and a .Studio cutting file for this card (for those with cutting machines)- would you like to post it for download? It makes the cutting a lot easier. =D Let me know!

    • Kate #

      Thanks Kayla…have emailed you!

    • TG #

      Hi Kate
      I can see the .dxf above but my pc won’t open it. I do have Silhouette studio so would appreciate the .studio version – how can I get it?

  26. Truebluemeandyou #

    I love your tutorial (I even have a book of popup cards so I really appreciate this!). But someone has copied your tutorial – I mean totally copied it and then linked back to you in general but not to the tutorial (but who cares because they already copied it all). Your tutorial can be found at: http://lefrufrublog.blogspot.com/2012/02/san-valentino-pixel-pop-up.html This blog copies tons of US tutorials in full, then all of her readers in their comments seem to think they originated from her.

    • Kate #

      Hi Truebluemeandyou,

      Many thanks for taking the time out to let me know. This has happened to me quite a lot over the last few years….. The blogger in question did add my link at the end of the post (other sites don’t even do that!). To be honest I try and take the chilled out approach…”Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”…and all that.

      Cheerio for now :)

      • Alessandra #

        I don´t if it is any use but I went to the blog, read the post and the owner said that the work wasn´t hers, so….

        • Kate #

          It’s all cool so no worries. I had an email chat with the blog owner (who has been really nice) and it’s all sorted :)

          • Glad everything is cool. Some bloggers mind and have a 1-2 photo download policy (with a link back to the tutorial), or absolutely no photo download policy. I always try and follow the specific blogger’s wishes if they are stated on the blog :)

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  28. ariane #

    I just love your blog and everything you publish! I love this valentine popup card! :-)
    Thank you for all your ideas and your sens of art!

  29. Really great! First time I’ve seen your blog; saw your project on How About Orange. Love your bright colors and fun projects!


  30. Teach #

    Is it possible to score with just scissors? I’m not sure I understand what it means – I’d like to have my class make these for a boy who just recently moved & didn’t get a chance to say goodbye… can we use simple tools?

    • Kate #

      Hi Teach, you can score with scissors…if they are small scissors it’s easier. Compass points work really well…as do pins(!). You can also use your craft knife but just apply light pressure so it doesn’t go through the paper. Try and always use a ruler! Hope that helps!

  31. This is SO special for geeks… I have one at home ;)

  32. PopcornMunchies! #

    Hey there! Love this!! but I want wondering… what kind of paper did you use? Is it card stock or just regular paper? Thanks!

    • Kate #

      Hi PopcornMunchies, I used regular paper. I think a thin card would work too!

  33. This is sooooo cool. There have been SO MANY valentine heart things lately and i’m so sick of the hearts everywhere, but this immediately caught my eye and made me smile! I will def be using this for my love this year! Thanks!

  34. Ann #

    So clever – so crisp and so clean and simple. Definitely the perfect card for the unromantic type! :o) Thank you for a great tutuorial and template – I’ll be trying this for sure.

  35. Simple and beautiful, thanks for sharing! Nice blog.

  36. Amanda #

    This is great! This goes perfectly with the 8bit painting I made my boyfriend. Now if only I could make the muffins 8bit too… (Maybe there are cube mini cake pans out there somewhere?)

  37. Angie #

    Thanks for this. This is a very cute idea for Valentines Day! I made one as a test and it came out perfect!

  38. I Just made this for my husband. I wanted to add some text how about “I am so glad I pixed you!”

  39. Alessandra #

    Thank you for the idea and template :) I love the coloured little squares all scattered around :)

  40. Hey!I’m sorry,but I just don’t know how you do the steps 4 5 6 ^^’ could you help me please :)

    • Kate #

      Hi Jeanne…

      First, make sure you just do a practice card on a plain piece of paper…then if you get it wrong it’s not a problem.

      Check you have done your cutting and scoring correctly and precisely. Cut along the black lines (highlighted yellow) and score along the grey. It’s essential you get this right :)

      Look at step 3. Locate the yellow lines. Make sure you make some nice sharp folds along these lines.

      Step 4: Place your card flat on a table and fold the card in half very slowly smoothing down as you go (if you have cut and scored the lines correctly the bottom half of the heart will naturally pop out).

      Let me know how you get on. If you are still having problems then let me know specifically where it’s going wrong.

      Good luck Jeanne, you can do it!!

      • Thank you so much for explaining again :),you know french,so sometimes it’s not really easy for me ;) ^-^

  41. Tracy #

    I am so excited to try to make this for my boyfriend. I am severely artistically challenged but think even I might be able to pull this off. A couple of questions for those who have succeeded in the pixelated valentine endeavor already–do the black lines show up on your completed card, or does the cutting/scoring make them pretty invisible? Any tips on how to score? (haha, that sounds like a question for Valentine’s night, not card-making.) Do you just lightly cut with a regular xacto knife, and not go too deep/all the way? Yikes this post has way too much innuendo! I better stop before this gets worse.

    • Kate #

      Hey Tracey,

      The innuendos made me laugh!!!

      The lines on the template are in a light grey so shouldn’t show up too much. You can always turn the piece of paper over after steps 1&2 so that the lines are on the back…and therefore won’t be visible at all.

      You can score lightly with a knife. I never trust myself to do this so tend to use a compass point. A pin works really well too…especially if you want to be super precise (just use it as if it were a miniature pencil!!!). Always always always use a ruler and take your time. The more precisely you cut and score the better the result.

      Let me know how you go!

  42. Thank you so much for sharing the ‘How to …’! The card looks amazingly cute.

  43. You’re so generous to answer everyone’s questions so far–thanks for another neato project and beautiful photos. I was wondering if you might be able to provide any more detail on how you attach the two piece of paper together? I’d think the pop-up later would have to be securely anchored to work, but you don’t have so much as a glue bubble showing. What’s your technique?

    Thanks! This is my new favorite place.

    • Kate #

      Hi Lisa…thanks for the kind words

      I’m just glad lots of people are trying it out so it’s good to have the questions :)

      I would avoid glue and go for double sided tape instead. If you haven’t any tape then use a glue stick rather than liquid glue. If anyone else has any good ideas then do say.

  44. amazing card!! thank you so much for sharing!
    I made it into a zelda card for my boyfriend and shared a printable on my tumblr :)


    • Kate #

      Wow Steph….that looks incredible. I’m really impressed. Well done you!! (*big cheers*)

    • Deborah K #

      This is adorable!

  45. thank you ! I’ve made my card tonight I’ve use different paper, I’m happy of the result !

  46. That was very creative. Thank you for the template and tutorial. I just made one and can’t wait to make another for my girls on Valentines.

  47. *G*R*E*A*T*!!!

  48. joshua #

    super amazing!

  49. LisaD #

    This is a great idea for my gamer husband. We are going to be traveling with our kids in search of snow this weekend into next week for our eldest 3rd birthday so i am not able to send him Valentines Day chocolates. This will really surprise him! Thanks!

  50. Yenny #

    Hey, this is so sweet! I know the pop up book that you may meant. it’s The Pop-Up Book by Paul Jackson. the instructions and types of pop up are there :)

  51. anna #

    perfect for my boyfriend who plays minecraft :)

  52. Omgosh! so cute
    i didnt relise they are so small- almost even cuter xx

    • Kate #

      Hi Hannah…yes, the envelope is 10cm x 10 cm :)

  53. Pat #

    I just made 3 of these. They are just so neat, thanks for the great template!
    Will you be my Valentine?

    • Kate #

      Glad it went well Pat ^_^

  54. adolfo #

    Has / can anyone made/make a youtube video of this process please?

    • Kate #

      Hi Adolfo…are you struggling with the process? If you are, let me know which bit you are finding hard and I will try to help :)

  55. Trisha #

    thanks! this is fun!

  56. Ana #

    I have just finished doing it. Now I’m adding a Zelda quote to the envelope, and it should be finished. Thank you so so much for this, it looks so pretty, I can’t stop looking at it!

  57. Your posts are always so nice and full of great ideas!!! I’m always waiting for your next one!!
    Thank you!

    • Kate #

      Thanks Laura….wish I could post more regularly! One day when life is a little less busy………….!

  58. Muireann #

    Thanks very much, I’ve made this for my husband and can’t wait to give it to him. All the best!

    • Muireann #

      Well, his reaction when he opened the card was ‘Oh my god, that’s so cool!’. Thanks very much :D

  59. Unay #

    que xuli :D


    es muy divertido y sencillo gracias por hacer este tutorial!!

  61. Whaow, this is great! thank you for sharing,
    your blog is rich and colourful, just what I love!

  62. Tess Sheets #

    Thanks for the card!

  63. Lauralee #

    Thanks for sharing! And especially thank you for the file! I have a Sizzix eclipse with the ecal software and just love it! No more cutting out by hand. ;D

    If you want a great example of what the machines can do, check out SVGCuts.com and see what they do with them. Thanks again for the great card. I love pop ups!!

    • Kate #

      Thanks Lauralee….I’ll check it out.

      I have to admit I really like cutting-out by hand. Would be great to have a machine it you had to produce lots of the same thing though.

  64. Tinabobina99 #

    Thanks so much for the template and instructions AND for the cutter machine info, too. I don’t have one yet but it’s definitely on my wish list.

  65. chitra #

    Thanking you for sharing ur creative ideas……….happy valentine’s day

  66. Thank you for sharing this! I went to the instructables website where I first saw it and the website is sooooo slow today. Glad I found you here.

  67. Thanks so much for this great tutorial!
    I just made one for my boyfriend [we're both nerds, so it's fitting :D]

    Your blog is really fantastic, glad I found you through pinterest :)

  68. alexa #

    WOW !! tenks n_n

  69. Miriam #

    Wow!! That’s great!! Thank so much!! is very incredible project hehe Bye!! Kisses from Spain!! ^.^

  70. Jules #

    this was so easy! and truly the most perfect DIY valentine for my super techie web design boyfriend! thank you so much i cant wait to give it to him :)

  71. Fantastic idea. I think the book you might be referring to is from Daisy Lew. She did a NYE pop up book. Really fantastic. Thanks for the cute valentine idea.


  72. Lottes #

    Thanks :D This is a perfect thing for my husband too!
    So cute and small and works perfectly :D

  73. This popup card is absolutely lovely!!!

  74. Greg #

    Thank you for such a great idea! I used it for my sweety this year.

  75. La tarjeta es hermosa y es una ideal genial para toda ocasión. Recién la hice y me salió muy linda. Gracias desde Argentina! Candela

    • Kate #

      Yeah!!! (*Waving to Argentina*)

  76. Mar #

    Impossible au moment de plier la carte en 2, tout s’arrache et fait des plis aux mauvais endroits.

    • Kate #

      Désolé d’apprendre que vous rencontrez des problèmes. Assurez-vous de couper et marquer de façon très précise … et allez-y doucement.

      Mon français est très mauvais (je utiliser Google Translate). J’espère que vous comprenez.

    • Kate #

      …..Assurez-vous que vous utilisez du papier mince et pas du papier épais

  77. Kostua #

    Omg,it’s fantastic idea.Of this gift, I began to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
    if you can,please,add new share-button, that I (and many users of the CIS) could share in Russian Facebook. vk.com
    thank you !

  78. Probably the coolest card I have ever made! Great template, great instructions – thank you SO much! :-) I customized it a little for an extra personal Valentine’s touch… Please feel free to check it out here (pardon my norwegian): http://gidetvidere.blogspot.com/2012/02/til-min-egen-valentine.html

    • Kate #

      Love it Irene….that QR code is just super (and so lovely that it references a memorable song)! Also love the heart on the front….the thought had crossed my mind to do that :)

  79. ♥♥♥

  80. love it ! i’ll do this for my pretty girlfriend :)

  81. Alex #

    Oh man i wish I’d seen this a week ago when I mailed my bf his card! This is exactly what i was going for but it turned out a lot…messer. Oh well, saving this for next year!

  82. Adrianna Ludi #

    UH-Mazing idea! I LOVE creative people!! thanks for sharing!! :)

  83. Thanks for the tutorial and template. This may be simple to make but you did a brilliant job coming up with the idea. And the result is wahouuu.

  84. Victoria #

    Thank you so much for this template, my techy boyfriend loved it!! I also made one for my mom since there was two and they came out so freakin cute! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  85. Anna #

    i also made this for my very un-mushy husband…used dark, “manly” colors…turned out very cute! then made envelope out of velum paper (kind of transluscent). adorable!! thank you.

  86. Deborah K #

    What a wonderful pop up card! Thank you for sharing!

  87. Thanks. For absolutely nothing. i waited until Valentines Day to try this thinking it would actually work, but your pathetically poor planning has proven incompetent. You said you used regular paper but you obviously used paper stock. You offered absolutely no technique and the simplistic photos you showed were deficient in any direction whatsoever. After much wasted paper and time I have a whole lot of nothing. So once again, thanks for nothing. I’ll just by an effing card next time.

  88. Rebecca #

    What a great idea !
    I made one just in time for Valentine’s day ; I also went with the pixeled confetti but glued those onto the heat so it was all pixeled (does that make sense ? :) ) My boyfriend loved it !!
    Many thanks for sharing, love your blog, so inspiring :)

  89. I originally saw this on Craftster, a few years ago. Here’s my version:

    If you design in a vector program like Adobe Illustrator or Corel or Inkscape you just “save as” dxf. Many people like svg format, but that’s a little more complicated to generate a decent cutting file as all the shapes have to be closed. (A line, for instance is NOT a closed shape. It’s a little hard to explain if you don’t work with these files.)


    • Kate #

      Hi Carol, it would be great to find the original source of inspiration for the idea…the craftster poster said she saw the idea in a bought card a few years ago prior to her post so maybe its been around for eons!

      I was sure the idea came from a book I borrowed from the library…

      “The art of Paper-Folding for Pop-up” by Miyuki Yoshida. You can see an image here:


      I am going to try to borrow it from the library again so will report back.

      Thanks for all the information regarding the .dfx file…I use illustrator all the time so should have guessed!

      • Oh, I have that book! …just went and looked, no it’s not in it.

        • I was surfing at the page of lafactoria plastica and saw this card which was inspired on the one I bought back in 1992, it was handmade by someone else, I liked it so much that I made a copy and kept for me (which i posted at crafster http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=221954.0) …
          unfortunately, I cant say if the person came with the design, or if it came from a book, so cant give the credits for the real creator of this card.

          • Kate #

            Hi Karen…have replied at bottom of thread…

  90. Ruth #

    Hi Kate,

    I love this card and want to try it out – can you tell me what are the dimensions of the paper i.e. lenght & breadth of the card.

    • Kate #

      Hi Ruth….the envelope that the card fits in is 10cm x 10 cm. The card is just a little bit smaller. HTH

  91. Sam #

    Hey Kate, I really love this card. It’s really creative. I love to try stuff like this, so thank u so much for giving me this fabulous idea. And Keep It Up. :)

  92. love it!

  93. Hello Kate,

    That card is incredibly adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial. I can’t wait to try that! I can see me giving this card to my beloved sisters, as well as to my beloved husband… It’s so cute, but quite nerdy at the same time! I really love it quite a lot! :]

    And you are incredibly nice, answering all of those comments… That is totally heart warming!

    Your new fan

  94. Ayu #

    amazing… ^^
    love it <3

  95. I was surfing at the page of lafactoria plastica and saw this card which was inspired on the one I bought back in 1992, it was handmade by someone else, I liked it so much that I made a copy and kept for me (which i posted at crafster http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=221954.0) …
    unfortunately, I cant say if the person came with the design, or if it came from a book, so cant give the credits for the real creator of this card.

    Ps forgot to say… you ve done a great work!!!

    • Kate #

      Hi Karen…thanks for the message. It’s very annoying because I just know I have seen this idea in a book somewhere and can’t remember the book. It was a while ago now (years) but I clearly remember the mechanism. I thought it was from a popup book (see posts above) but apparently not. If I come closer to finding the originator I’ll let you know. (I used to live in Australia…which is where the library was…hence the reason it’s hard for me to find the book). Lovely to see your version though. I think in internet terms you are the true originator (as you posted the same idea ages ago!). Nice to ‘meet’ your blog…you should update more often ^_^

  96. I FOUND IT!!!!!! It’s in Paul Jackson’s book, The Pop Up Book, on page 105.

    Link to the book:

    • Kate #

      Hooray…thanks for all your efforts Carol. I’ll order it from the library…it will be great to see it again.

      Cheerio for now

  97. Andres #

    Thak you so much, this rescue my aniversarry lol

  98. Dear Kate, I loved your pop up card, thank you so much for sharing this tutorial,
    although we don’t celebrate valentine’s day so much here in France, I thought it was a good opportunity to send a litttle note to my god daughters! I made afew cards in advance for wedding notes…
    thank you!

  99. this is sooo cute. too bad i didn’t come by this earlier! will definitely make this next year! c:

  100. Carol #

    Hi, Kate!
    I found your site last night and I couldn’t left it till 4am. I’m in love with your works! Congratulations for your incredible site, it’s so precious! And many many thanks for the tips and tutorials, maybe someday I can make some lovely things too. Ü

  101. That is adorable! Love the 3D!

  102. Adorable!!

  103. Katie B #

    my nerdy boyfriend would love this

  104. Jannel #

    I know this card seems pretty straight forward, but could you put up a video or something explaining how to do the scoring part. I’m finding it hard to follow. Sorry. D;

  105. Wow, this looks pretty awesome. Im going to send one of these to my Sig Other!!

  106. Jannel #

    Never mind, my cousin figured it out. Sorry. D;

    • Kate #

      Yay…well done Jannel…sorry for the hopelessly late reply :)

  107. This is the cutest thing I have seen all day! It`s been bookmarked, and I am making this next valentines day. Thank you!

  108. betsy #

    I would love to know how I can get the cast please .. thanks!

  109. Cat #

    Thank you for that. I got the link to your page from “eat drink chic” blog. great idea.

  110. How cool and easy to do thanks for sharing!

  111. This is EXCELLENT! I will be making this and with your permission, teaching my unit of Brownie Guides to do it too!

    • Kate #

      Let me know how you get on!

  112. I made this card for my boyfriend today and he loved it!
    It’s so easy and adorable, thank you for the lovely tutorial :)

  113. So cute! Love it!!!

  114. wil #

    Thanks for the nice card and dfx file. It was great you make the file.

  115. kendell #

    Thanks ever so much for sharing your work, it is really appreciated. Kindest regards

  116. rox #

    If anyone had issues during the folding stage, I found that a pair of wide angled tweezers did the trick for the pesky bottom bits :)

  117. Great gift for Valentine’s Day! It is unfortunate that I found this article after February 14.

  118. Carla Pa #

    Awesome!!! I’m making one for my boyfriend wright now!

  119. Though my 4 months son is probably too young for this book, but I think he would love this in the future :)

  120. Amanda #

    Could you please explain the part about scoring the lines? I can’t seem to get that part ><

    • Kate #

      Hi Amanda….scoring is the the act of creating a line or depression in the paper that will help the paper fold. I use put a ruler along the line and then score along the line using a compass point/needle.

      Hope that helps

  121. Very interesting and original idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing your work!You are very talented!

  122. KonThai #

    Thank you so much, I just finished making it for my girlfriend. I hope you will have a good love too. Thanks

  123. Sueli Meira #

    Lindo! Seu trabalho é magnífico! Parabéns. Perfect.

  124. diana #

    thank you i make a card for the fathers day

  125. Very cute and heart-warming card! Thanks!

  126. Thanks for the templates. I do have a ‘cutting machine’ – a Craft Robo (aka Silohette) so it will come in handy for that.

  127. Wow! this is great and my hubby would love this, its nearly his birthday so if i can wait for valentines I’ll make it for then instead.

  128. Vana Robea #

    My boyfriend and I’s 2nd anniversary is in two weeks, and I still haven’t found the perfect card to make. Thanks for this tutorial! I’m going down the hard route and drawing the pattern myself. :3

    • Kate #

      Good luck Vana ^_^

  129. Love this. Boyfriend is an avid gamer so it’s perfect for his birthday, or a random card since we’re long distance! Thank you :)

  130. Linda #

    I have a Cricut…but don’t know how to download to use on this cutting machine. Will it work with a Cricut?

    • Kate #

      Hi Linda. There is a .dfx file you can download at the foot of the post. Hope this works. Kate ^_^

  131. Mays #

    My school has a laser cutting machine, so the dxf file is extremely helpful! Lets me do this in seconds. :D
    Thanks a lot!

  132. Amanda #

    This is soooo awesome!! Is there a template for a pixel “50″ popup card? I want to make one for my mom’s 50th birthday! :D

    • Kate #

      Hi Amanda,

      I’m afraid I don’t have a template for that. You could try making your own template….they all follow the same principles. Good luck. Kate ^_^

  133. Katie #

    Thanks very much for the tutorial, what a cute card! Just made one for the boy, looks great. :)

  134. danica #

    im new at this so… what did you mean by score (i know i should know what you mean i just dont sorry)

    • Kate #

      Hi Danica, to score paper just lay a ruler against the line you want to score…then (holding the ruler) run a pin or compass point along the line. Basically you ‘dent’ the paper and it makes it easier to fold.

      Good luck…let me know how you get on ^_^

  135. linda #

    how can i download the popup insert template?thanks

    • Kate #

      All the links to the templates are highlighted in yellow on the page ^_^

  136. Neha #

    This is so cute!
    I’m making it for valentines day ^.^

  137. Darling!

  138. I have a engraving business and when found your blog I have a fresh looking for some thinks around. All your handmade valentines day card looks pretty nice in 3d ;)

  139. Rachel #

    I love this idea! Is there any way to do this without the pixellated look? I’ve tried without success, but I am stubborn and I figure there HAS to be a way to do it…..

    • Kate #

      If you search google images for ‘popup heart’ you will come across several non-pixellated examples.

      Good luck
      Kate ^_^

  140. harmony #

    Hi kate,i’m 16 and I luv creating stuff like this nd I really enjoy it, but making pop-up cards was one of the tuffest of all, and almost all the websites i’ve been to make it so complicated to master, but u’rs is so simple, cute and I really enjoy it.

    U’ve got a real gift and talent and I hope it becomes better and better.
    Thanx alot for sharing. Its been so helpfull and i’ve been able to please so many.

    XOXO <3:-)

    • Kate #

      Yay…thanks for the lovely comment Harmony =)

  141. Elle #

    Just made one and it came out great. My mom loves it. Thank you s much!!!

  142. Amy #

    fantastic! idea! I just made one, can’t wait to give it to him on valentines… thank you!

    • Kate #

      Yay….well done Amy ^_^

  143. how cute! I’m making this, thank you for sharing

  144. Amie #

    I don’t yet step 3
    3. Make the four valley folds as show below (thin yellow lines shown in fig. 3).

    Which way would you fold the lines… frontwards or backwards.

    please help D:

    • Amie #

      never mind sorry D:

  145. Steven #

    Thank you so much for this! I saw a similar one on a 9gag post and decided to make this for my valentine! :) saved a lot of my time! :)

  146. Bambi #

    Great idea with Valentines day around the corner. This is different, and special. Read all the comments which helped in doing this project. I know I will have fun. Thanks again.

  147. Jophie #

    Thanks for teaching~! it’s nice!!

  148. Thomas #

    I printed the template but its just 2 small. ones how do i make it so i only get one that fills up the whole page?

    • Kate #

      Hi Thomas,

      It’s small because it has to fit into the the envelope (which needs to fit onto an A4 sheet). It’s easy to hand draw the template onto a bigger piece of paper. Other than that you can print it out and enlarge it on a photocopier.

      If you are having problems let me know and i will email you a large version (but will not be able to provide you with an envelope template).

  149. cristina #

    >uu< thanks! gracias

  150. Flor de Maria #

    This is so cute but when I tried printing I had problems printing the actual heart–just printed the heading and the note at the bottom–I have no idea why this is happening. Any suggestions?

  151. R #

    It would be a lot easier if you also did steps for the new template you gave.
    I tried twice already and I got so frustrated I gave up. I didn’t know how to fold the scores. When I folded the card they didnt’ automatically pop out and all that so I tried folding them which made the card look really ugly. So frustrating. You should do a video maybe that might help.

    • Kate #

      Hi R…I would have loved to do a full tutorial but I’m afraid time was not on my side. I know many people have succeeded with the cards so would have appreciated the new templates (without the full tutorial).

      I do intend to get a video up at some point but I am just a busy mum….trying to juggle family life and work and the blog and I’m afraid I don’t always succeed.

      If it’s any consolation my first two or three attempts were disasters too…but once I understood the mechanism they became a lot easier to make.

  152. Love it! Thank you! ^^

  153. Daniel #

    I’m making this for my Girlfriend, She will love it. :)
    Thanks for posting this! ;)


  154. Shannon #

    Please make a birthday one! These are so cool!

  155. Tammy #

    this is great!

  156. Thanks for this . I will try and make this now . Hope it works for me :)

  157. Great idea! Could I translate this article and place it in my blog? With the active link to your site certainly.

    • Kate #

      Hi Nataly,

      I’m more than happy for you to use one or two photos and a short extract of text. I usually ask that articles are not reproduced in their entirety.

      Many thanks
      Kate ^_^

  158. Patricia Imp #

    Awesome, this is perfect; thanks for posting!!!

  159. AJ Farias #

    Made this for my boyfriend and he loved it!

  160. Saloni #

    Hi kate!! Thanks for sharing this!! U r awesome!! I was looking for a pop up heart to add to a scrapbook which I m making for my boyfriend’s birthday… and thanks to u, I got exactly what I was looking for… :-)

  161. Imogen #

    Hi! I love this DIY, but is was just wondering what I could use in leiu of a craft knife??? Thank you

  162. anonymous #

    do you know how to make a happy birthday one , if you do please post a tutorial

  163. patriciapp #

    hi i love this idea and i would like to use this card as a birthday car but my mac seems to have problems to open this .dxf file.. is there a chance to change it or convert it maybe?

    Thank you :)

    • Kate #

      Hi Patricia,

      Someone else created the .dxf file for me so I’m afraid I am not bale to change it. So sorry.

      Kate ^_^

  164. Gab #

    It’s really a wonderful job , It did it :D!

  165. malihe #


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  167. alder #

    this super thanks
    there are many more reasons

  168. Bee #

    This is great! I was looking for a Valentine to get for my cousin who is very hard to get cards for. I think he’ll like this!!

    This is also perfect for my very nerdy boyfriend. I am excited to make this now!!

    • Kate #

      Yay! Good luck Bee x

    • cool my boyfriend gave me one

    • arashi #

      im gonna make this one send to my boyfie for a valentine day ! ^^

  169. Amazing!

  170. Cool but really don’t get how to make it!!! :(

  171. Kiana #

    Wow. I did this for my friend, and since she likes minecraft I made it a heart, and she loved it! Thanks for sharing the great idea!!!

  172. just tried fst time it wasnt as pretty as urs i used hard card paper so its not so neat :(

    • Kate #

      Hi Sehrish. Please don’t feel despondent. It took me 3 or 4 attempts to make my first one. Try with good quality paper rather than card. Kate ^_^

  173. Natalia M. C. #

    I love it, and I’m sure my husband will like it too!

  174. Nancy #

    Hi, Kate:

    I don’t know if you will see this comment, as your post is two years old, but I’ve just discovered it and think it’s lovely!

    My mum has Alzheimer’s and one of her favourite things to do is walk to the end of her road to pick up her mail. I have several health issues and am only able to see her once or twice a week, and she does get lonely in between our visits. She’s never been big into Valentine’s Day but I know she will love receiving this “I love you” card just out of the blue.

    Thank you so much for sharing this delightful design. :)

    • Kate #

      Hi Nancy,

      So sorry to hear your Mum has Alzheimers. A few of my relatives have it too so I can empathise.

      Good luck with the making. Hope the cards turn out well.

      Kate ^_^

  175. This is great, and such a clever alternative to the usual glittery hearts and flowers you see everywhere at this time of year. I am a screen printer and have been working hard to create designs I hope people less enamored of glitter will appreciate. I hope you and your followers might like to see?

  176. arashi #

    wwooooowwww.. i just want to say that you are very creative person! i really like your blog and your hand craft ! so perfect, simple, and amazing result !!! im very interest to try out your craft, one of my hobby. keep and more creative, then share with us ! haha. ILOVEYOU

  177. This is awesome. Thank you so much. Looking forward to more of this :)

  178. christine #

    Thank you so much for posting this! made a couple of these for my bf for valentine’s this year. I love your site by the way, so many cool projects! great job! started following on pinterest too. :)

    • Kate #

      Yay. Glad they went well ^_^

  179. Great i just LOVE IT!!!!! i made one for my husband in this Valentines Day! i hope he like it…. i print other cards from your blog, to my 8 year old boy, because he wants to give a card to his dad too. Thanks for share, God bless you!

  180. Kara #

    Thanks so much for posting this fun project! It was a pleasure to figure out (the first draft was a bit of a stinker, haha).
    I don’t assume for anyone to scroll THIS far down in the comments, but I added a a twist that might be helpful or slightly interesting to some: I was concerned about bubbling and a wonky fit, so rather than gluing on a backing piece of paper, I cut a second piece of paper a 1/2″ smaller on both sides. I then cut some zig-zags of the same proportion on the diagonal in each of the four corners of the pop-up paper, and fitted the “cover” into the slots.
    Wowee did it look good! I didn’t want to give it away, hahaha. ;)
    (I wish I could include a photo but I don’t have a website/hosting).
    Thanks again for an enjoyable project! I look forward to trying others (and BUYING YOUR BOOK!) :)
    Have a great day!

    • Kate #

      Thanks for the helpful comment Kara ^_^

  181. Gopal #

    Simply fantastic..I made it..Do you have any other templates?? ♥

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  183. Gopal #

    Hey Kate,

    Sorry to sound an amateur. But can you please explain what is “scoring”? Any link to one of the tutorial would help. Thanks a lot.

  184. eika #

    i want try . but i don’t know how to do this?????

  185. pooh #

    The pop up heary is jst wooooow plz plz tell me where i cn find ur arf craft tutorials plz….

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  187. Wayne #

    Thanks for the step by step guide. Did it for my girlfriend and she loved it !

  188. That was very creative. Thank you for the template and tutorial. I just made one and can’t wait to make another for my girls on Valentines.

    I will definitely use your idea in my next business card. Go thru the link to see my business card collection…

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  192. Jamie #

    Awesome tutorial! Was looking for an anniversary card DIY for my hubby and being the gamer that he is, I’m positive he’ll love this! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! :)

  193. mermaid #

    Would you mind helping me out with step 6? I think I am misunderstanding it. Thanks!

    • Kate #

      Mermaid – can you tell me exactly what you are finding difficult? The pop-up heart is the inner layer of the card…in step 6 you have to glue the inner layer to an outer layer…does that help? Kate x

  194. sekar #

    cool!!! I like it.. nice and sweet:)

  195. Maria #

    Its an amazing idea and am so gonna try it! *_* But can you please tell me what you mean by “score”? o.O

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