It’s Valentine’s day and you’re meeting your date in an hour and you didn’t get her a card. What do you do? Do you go to the supermarket and buy one of the few cards left that no one wants? Or, do you make a pop up card to impress her. You may think that an hour is not enough time to make a card. Yes, most of the cards on my website require more than an hour to make, but here’s a “last minute” card that you can make in less than 20 min, assuming you have some cardstock, an X-acto knife and some glue. This card is very easy to make. There are 2 versions of the Linked Hearts pop up card. The basic version has 2 hearts that stand up and are linked in the center. The second version has initials in the heart, which makes the card a little more personal. The template will have both versions. Here is what the card looks like:

Version 2

Take a look at the card in action:

Here is the video of the tutorial:

Here are the summarized instructions:

  1. Purchase the template for this design here:  Easy Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card: Linked Hearts.
  2. Print out the template.  Use the template to cut the parts out of card stock.
  3. Tape the template onto the cardstock you would like to use.
  4. Score the areas with the dotted lines.
  5. Using a knife, cut the solid lines. One of the hearts will have a detached “arm.”
  6. Fold the scored lines.
  7. Pass the detached arm of one of the hearts through the other solid heart.
  8. Match the slots in the heart arm like this:
  9. Cut out 2 outside cover hearts from the second page of the template.
  10. Glue the outside cover hearts over the holes created by the hearts in the main card. Make sure that you glue the detached arm to the outside cover. Use very little glue on the outsides of the cover hearts so that the glue does not pass through the hole and get on the inside of the card. Too little glue is easy to fix, too much glue can be a disaster.
  11. If you want to make the second version with the letters inside the hearts, then roughly cut out the initials from pages 3 and 4 of the template.
  12. Tape the initials to the main template before making any cuts. Align the heart that encircles the initial to the inside of the heart on the card. Make note that the initial on the heart with the detached arm will face up and the initial on the other heart will face down (it will be backwards). Make sure that both initials are NOT facing up; one must face down.
  13. After cutting the initials out, follow the same instructions as the basic version.

I hope this card was easy for everyone to make. Happy Valentine’s Day! Let me know how your significant other liked the card you made.


  1. Marianne at Feb 14, 2011 07:09:06

    I just found your blog and put it in my reader. Your work is really
    beautiful. I tried making pop up Easter cards last year for our
    children and their families. I was really proud of them, but it was
    really hard work, it had lots of trees and bunnies. More than a
    first time paper cutter should have done. They were done by
    hand rather than a cutting machine which I am thinking maybe
    would be a good idea if I am going to be accessing your blog
    and getting inspired by it.
    Our 50th Wedding Anniversary is this year and I am thinking
    maybe I can use your Proposal Card ideas to make a card for my
    husband. I think the same ideas still apply. Thank you.

  2. Sean at Feb 15, 2011 01:24:29

    Hyy! : )

    You just saved my life with this post. Its a realy great gift for Valentin’s Day. My girl friend was realy happy when i gave this card to her.

    Thank you for sharing!
    Keep up the good work!

  3. kyle at Feb 22, 2011 09:14:24

    as if!

  4. Raymonde Megahan at Mar 13, 2011 04:57:14

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

  5. Harimao at Mar 30, 2011 12:31:26

    thank you for your tutorial! I admired your pop up card design. Did you talk me how to design the pop up card?I want to design one to my girlfriend :)

  6. Emily at Mar 31, 2011 08:13:12

    I’m going to make all of these. YOU are amazing, and so wonderful for putting the ideas out here for free. I Love it all, I dont know how to thank you more!

  7. phohom1 at Apr 03, 2011 02:38:19

    I will make it that I like.(some card) And tell my kid too. Thank you very much.

  8. phohom1 at Apr 03, 2011 02:41:44

    I will make it that I like. Thank.

  9. Rosy at Dec 14, 2011 08:44:35

    hola Richi, primeramente gracias por compartir tus hermosos trabajos, realmente son fabulosos, ahora quisiera saber porquè no se puede imprimir las plantillas para los corazones enlazados…. me gustarìa hacer estas tarjetas pero no se puede sacar las plantillas, podrias ayudarme por favor?


    • Creative at Dec 14, 2011 02:37:16

      Hi! You may want to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader. Then you can view the .pdf file. You can download the .pdf file from my website then print it out. good luck!

  10. Rosy at Jan 06, 2012 04:37:15

    hola Richi, en primer lugar mis sinceros deseos de felicidad, salud, armonia, paz para usted y su linda familia en este nuevo año 2012. Ahora me gustaria tener las plantillas de este tutorial de corazones enlazados, podría usted ayudarme?… gracias.


    • Creative at Jan 06, 2012 06:10:08

      Thank you Rosy! The link for the template is in first step of the instructions above.

    • Angi at Feb 11, 2012 12:32:34

      can i get the template for this card. pls!!

      • Creative Rich at Feb 11, 2012 04:24:14

        The template is available for purchase at template store. Please click on the store tab above.

  11. Vu Ngoc Thang at Feb 02, 2012 01:38:35

    I am going to give this to a girl on this Valentine Day and hope that she will say “YES” to me. Wish me luck!

    Greetings from Vietnam!

  12. ALE at Feb 04, 2012 07:50:16

    Blast Card urges me get this before and looked abia the site and could print templates and can no longer be by that is not free by that and I need because I want a detail Asher for valentines day !! THANKS

  13. JADE PAGE at Feb 13, 2012 04:35:01

    back at square 1… now it wont download.. wow…. maybe i spoke too soon….. AUUUUGHHHH!

    • Creative Rich at Feb 13, 2012 04:47:31

      Hi Jade, your template should be available when you click on “My Account and Downloads” in the Store. If you are still having problems, please check our email. Thanks!

  14. branislav zivanov at Feb 13, 2012 04:46:27

    please tell me where to find tamplate Easy Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card: Linked Hearts.I want to print it and cut it,send me email or something ?

  15. jade page at Feb 14, 2012 04:00:41

    Thanx a bunch!!!:)

  16. zsasz at Feb 14, 2012 08:27:23

    HARD :^( :^( :^(


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