Hi Everyone! Here is an updated tutorial on making the Valentine’s Day Kissing Couple Pop Up Card.  This pop up card features a boy and girl in the center of the card, surrounded by a bouquet of flowers.  As you open the card, the boy and girl move toward each other and kiss.  This is a very cute card because it actually moves as you open it, which makes it a very unique and impressive card.  It’s always been one of my favorite cards to make.  The first time I made this card was in 2008 and since then, I’ve made a few improvements.  Recently, I updated the template so that it’s easier to assemble.  Here’s what the card looks like:

Here is an animation of the pop up card.  You have to see the card in action to appreciate the moving pieces.


I’ve added a backing to the card and slots for the center popup pieces.  Therefore, you do not need any glue to assemble this card.  Also, the couple in the center requires much less adjusting to get them to kiss perfectly.

Here is an updated video tutorial on how to make this Valentine’s day pop up card:

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(Click here if you want to see the previous tutorial)

For those of you who don’t want to watch the video, here is an abridged version of the instructions that is pinnable on Pintrest.

If you prefer to read detailed  instructions on how to make this pop up card, then follow these steps below:


1.  Purchase the template for this design here: Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card: Kissing Couple.  If you have already purchased the template in the past, just download it again and you’ll get the new updated version.  Print out the template.  Use the template to cut out all the parts out of card stock. Here is a tutorial on how to use templates.  Fold the “boy” and “girl” at the dotted lines and insert the bottom tabs into the slots in the inside card as shown in image 1 above. 

2.  Fold the “bouquet” of hearts at the dotted lines.  Note that there are two sets of tabs at the bottom or inside of the piece.  Look for the smaller, connected tab as shown in image 2 and insert it in the inside card in front of the couple.

3.  Image 3 shows what the smaller tab looks like after it is inserted into the inside card.  Insert the larger tabs into the opposite slot.  The tabs are separate so you will need to carefully push them together, in order to fit them in the slot.


4.  Fold the inside card down the center. Tape the tabs down as shown in image 4.

5.  At the ends of the “bouquet” of hearts, fold the hearts down the center along the dotted lines and slot the two hearts together as shown in image 5.  Make sure that the heart halves are on the inside of the ring.  You can glue these heart tabs down if you like.

6.  Insert the corners of the inside card into the outside card as shown in image 6.


7.  Image 7 shows the card fully assembled with all corners of the inside card inserted into the outside card.

8.  Finally, glue the extra hearts around the “bouquet” of hearts as shown in image 8.  You can alternate from solid and outlined hearts.  Then you can glue the “Happy Valentine’s Day” text at the top of the card.

9.  Open and close the card to make sure the couples kiss in the center.  You can adjust each person by bending them slightly forward or backward so that their heads/lips meet in the center.

If you like this popup card, then click here for the template: Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card: Kissing Couple.

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make the Kissing Couples Pop Up card.



  1. ling at Jan 19, 2011 07:00:54

    Very Nice Tutorial … Thank you

  2. L.V.Anh at Jan 19, 2011 08:36:02

    Ha Noi, Viet Nam
    thank you very very much >:D<

  3. Grace at Jan 19, 2011 01:35:18

    I’m making this card for my boyfriend this valentine’ day. I am so excited to get started on it!
    Thanks for all the helpful tips and tutorials. You are a true artist with such amazing creative talent! Eventually I hope to design my own beautiful cards!

  4. elisa at Jan 20, 2011 02:52:48

    I love the card thank you!
    It is really great that you give it just in time for the right holiday!

  5. Noopur Kawathekar at Jan 20, 2011 08:13:47

    I am facing difficulty in cutting the template..can you pls suggest from where i can buy the same cutter? any specific type of paper that i should use for this?

    • Creative at Jan 20, 2011 09:28:49

      I use the Klic-N-Kut. It still needs a little fiddling around with to get it to cut right. It’s extremely important that the board does not move. For some of these cards, I would consider cutting it out by hand, especially the man and woman. The angles and positions of the crease are critical for the couple to move correctly. I use a 65lb card stock. It’s a relatively thin cardboard, but thick enough to give support to the structure. I’ve also used Bristol or water color paper, which is a bit thicker, but i cut those by hand. Good luck!

  6. Nyc Mom at Jan 20, 2011 12:26:32

    OMG! Thank you for the template!!! I remember seeing your proposal book on youtube yrs ago. And every time Valentines day comes, I always remember the book you made and search online if I could find a template like that. Lo and behold! Its here!!

    Although, I have one more request and its the template of the heart pop up where you put the engagement ring on? That is the picture that keeps popping in my head every time I remember your proposal book.. Can you post a tutorial vids of that pretty pls and the template.. Thank you so much!

    • Creative at Jan 20, 2011 02:32:07

      Actually, my proposal had a pop up ring, where the actual ring dangled from. You may be thinking of the 3D pop up heart. That’s another Valentine’s day card that I made in 2009. I’m currently working on that tutorial. It is quite difficult, and I have to redesign the card again, so it will take me some time to finish the template and tutorial. Stay tuned!

      • jm at Jan 31, 2014 07:50:06

        can you make the template free pleaseee

        • CreativeRich at Feb 02, 2014 10:49:00

          Hi JM, I have several free templates in my store.

  7. HECTOR at Jan 20, 2011 11:54:23

    Thank you so much for this little piece of art

    im from Mexico, your friend hector

  8. Jelle at Jan 21, 2011 07:13:14

    Dear Richard,

    I really like the work you’ve been putting up.
    Your cards have come to my attention one year ago, in January.
    When I see the entangled heart on Youtube, I would like to know how you made the exterior of your card, as it’s very neutral and decent.

    Thank you for replying (can through e-mail),

  9. Kevin at Jan 22, 2011 09:31:55

    indeed a very complicated and impressive card.. thanks for the tutorial

  10. bea at Jan 22, 2011 07:33:45

    thanks so much for the templates..its so awesome!!

  11. NycMom at Jan 24, 2011 07:54:17

    @Creative: Im sorry, I was actually referring to the pop up ring. It always get me emotional when I see that.. Hope you’d post the template for that soon.. Will keep an eye on it.. Thanks a bunch!

    • Creative at Jan 24, 2011 10:11:14

      I’ll put that on my list of tutorials to do after Valentine’s Day! Thanks for watching!

  12. sarah at Jan 28, 2011 02:45:20

    Thanks so much for sharing these! Your skills and creativity are amazing! Love your work =)

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  14. Shawn at Feb 09, 2011 03:09:30

    Hi guys, which glue to use? i cant get my Couple to stick using conventional glue :(

    • Creative at Feb 09, 2011 07:55:16

      Elmer’s glue works really well. It should be strong enough. It may be a little messy so just be careful not to get the glue all over the place.

  15. facebook at Feb 16, 2011 08:46:07

    i love it

  16. Sonia at Mar 13, 2011 01:58:35


    I am watching your work for a while now. Do you realize what a great business potential you have in here? Think of it. It doesn’t need to spoil the art, just to make it more fun! ;)
    Keep following your passion, you are amazing. And for sure i will keep alive my relationship trying to give a joy to my man with your cards, do you mind? :)

  17. Jean at Apr 15, 2011 04:32:20

    wow rich, amazing work! you are truly talented! I agree with Sonia, you should start a business!

  18. Syrena at Jun 09, 2011 12:32:14

    Is it possible to make this into a ‘best friend’ card (ie not kissing)?

    • Creative at Jun 09, 2011 06:36:50

      Sure, you can make the couple hug, or hold hands.

  19. reema at Jun 09, 2011 12:18:03

    i am nt able to download the tampletes…….:(…..y?!!!1…i badly wanna make that cardd!!!!

  20. reema at Jun 09, 2011 12:21:22

    pppl plsssssssssssssssss….help mee!!!!!

  21. tanima samuel at Jul 16, 2011 01:06:44

    evn im nt able 2 download the template… cn u jus help me out here plz!!

    • Creative at Jul 16, 2011 08:58:32

      The template should be downloadable from my post. If you click on the link below the video, you should see the .pdf file.

  22. neha at Jul 23, 2011 03:16:53

    your work it just amazing…
    i cant find link to download templates.

    • Creative at Jul 23, 2011 08:27:56

      The link is at the first step of the instructions. “First, print out the template here:” and it’s right after. good luck!

  23. Keni at Aug 19, 2011 02:37:43

    Muy bonito eeeeee

  24. Allison at Sep 15, 2011 10:45:46

    Hello again Rich! I’ve just purchased a Silouette SD cutting machine and have since found it doesn’t recognize pdf files! Ahhhh I need help, I have been wanting to do this card for ages but didn’t really want to cut it out by hand and now find out my machine hates pdf! Suggestions?????

    • Creative at Sep 16, 2011 07:13:23

      The pdf probably needs to be converted to a svg file. let me look into it. i plan on getting a new machine soon also.

  25. polly at Oct 01, 2011 07:16:47

    hi Rich!
    i cannot download the template from the link,would you please send it to my email?
    thanks a lot!

  26. craolina at Oct 17, 2011 02:04:29

    ola me agrada mucho pero yo kisiera saber endonde encuentro las pnanillas ????????

  27. kristine at Dec 08, 2011 12:35:24

    i was just wondering if it’s possible to combine 2 different pop up card into one? thank you!

    • Creative at Dec 08, 2011 04:22:44

      Sure, I dont see why not. Take different parts from different cards to make your own design. Be creative!

  28. PurpleDragon at Dec 09, 2011 12:30:16

    I am having problems cutting out the template…i printed it..and taped it to the red cardstock…its ok to use the xacto knife right? i only have basic stuff..=(

    thank you so much for the tutorial…you are amazing..

    • Creative at Dec 09, 2011 12:18:13

      Yes, you can tape the template to the card stock or use a method i show here: Using templates.
      If i cut it by hand, i use an Xacto knife. Otherwise, you can use a cutting machine if you have one.

  29. Amanda M at Dec 11, 2011 07:32:09

    If I used 67 lbs card stock, would it make a big difference? Or is it safe to use?

    • Creative at Dec 12, 2011 05:44:15

      That should be perfectly fine. 65lb is the thinnest i would recommend. you can go thicker.

  30. Meerang Park at Dec 13, 2011 06:55:33

    i love it! thank you very much!

  31. Paola Castellanos at Dec 13, 2011 07:53:45

    OMG! you R a genius! I love your page

  32. Ishwari at Dec 18, 2011 01:52:05

    You are a genious man… solute you.

  33. Alizeh at Dec 22, 2011 12:05:57

    how do we use the cricut expression machine to cut the template. I am very new to the machine and i don’t know how to cut the ring of hearts with the machine, man and the woman. I will really appreciate it.


    • Creative at Dec 22, 2011 10:05:43

      Hi Alizeh, Cricut’s are a little tricky. They really dont like people cutting things that they dont sell. In the past, you could buy a software called Make The Cut. But now, they say that the do not support Cricut anymore. This is why have a Silhouette Cameo 12″ and a Klic-N-Kut. Unfortunately, I do not know a good way at this time to use my templates on a Cricut. I’ll continue to do some research.

  34. Triya at Dec 23, 2011 07:34:07

    Hey i love all of your works!!!
    I have tried out a few, and they have worked out pretty good :)
    thanks for all this help!! and keep posting to bring smiles on the faces of our loved ones :) :)

  35. tanvi kapila at Dec 31, 2011 02:20:04

    hey! i loved your art, its so beautiful. i appreciate it.
    my boyfriend and i have been together for 1 year n around 4 months. we’ve faced a lot of issues and stuff, but we’re still together. most of the times, i acted selfish and immature… he’s kinda upset with me, but he’s still with me. i wanna make this valentines our best one and i wanna make him happy. its his smile that i wanna see again, its the best thing ever.

    do u have any ideas as to how can i make a WONDERFUL card for my wonderful boyfriend? :)

    • Creative at Dec 31, 2011 07:52:40

      Thanks for visiting my site! There several valentine’s day cards you can make from my website. This one is very good. Just download the template and follow the tutorial. Good luck!

  36. Sarah at Jan 11, 2012 11:03:41

    Rich– this is such a beautiful card. I am creating an email newsletter that uses pop-up cards to display different callouts and was wondering if I could use this one– I can directly link to your site in the newsletter to credit your amazing efforts. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions/answers. (

    Look forward to hearing from you!


  37. pong at Jan 11, 2012 09:32:46

    Thank you soooooo much!!!! i’m going to create an album for proposing to my g.f., your cards help a lot!!!!!!! =)

    you are sooooo amazing man!!!!!!!!

    a guy from hong kong

  38. Kerying at Jan 18, 2012 10:03:18

    Hi Creative,
    Thank you for sharing this lovely template.
    I’d made a card for my husband and he loves it very much!
    I’d also uploaded the card’s video on my Facebook and made recommendations to my friends about you!

    Keep your creative spirit burning bright!

    PS – If you publish your 3d paper craft book, please email me and I’ll definitely go buy one to support you! :)

  39. elga at Jan 19, 2012 09:07:11

    te agradezco mucho que compartas tu ingenio y ademas que realices tutoriales tan claros.
    te deseo mucho exito :)

  40. mital at Jan 30, 2012 10:08:22

    what to learn spring heart pop up card

  41. Michelle at Feb 03, 2012 11:33:17

    Hi Rich, Can you tell me what type of card stock that is that you used on the outside of the card? It’s beautiful! It looks like pressed wood or bark. And how did you get the heart and pink stripes down the edges? Is that paint or cellophane? It really is beautiful. I fell in love with this card as soon as I saw it! Ty so much for sharing it with us! You are very talented and your wife is a lucky woman to have such a sweet thoughtful man! =)

    • Creative Rich at Feb 03, 2012 03:02:58

      Hi Michelle, I used 65lb card stock. Then I decorated the outside with nice specialty paper that contained a lot of fibers. You can buy this paper at any nice art/craft store. I tore the heart and stripes out of another “raw” looking paper and glued it to the outside of the card. I didn’t use any paint. Thanks for visiting!

      • Michelle at Feb 03, 2012 09:41:31

        ah thx for the response! I was so curious! I’m headed to our local hobby arts store now. Gotta get busy, Valentine’s is right around the corner! haha

        • Michelle at Feb 05, 2012 11:21:32

          Hi again Rich, another question for you about this card stock and gluing it. Did you use the Elmer’s glue to glue that heart down onto the front of the card? I was curious what type of “raw” paper you used. I’m having trouble finding natural fiber paper in my town. I got the red and white 65 lb. card stock for the actual card but I was wanting to decorate the outside like the way you did. Is that smooth texture print paper or it actually has fibers in it? and the red heart “raw” paper, is that like tissue paper or another specialty paper that’s translucent? I thought the glue would show through when gluing tissue or translucent paper down.

          • Creative Rich at Feb 05, 2012 12:40:28

            I glued the hearts using a glue called “Yes” paste.  It works really well when you do not want wrinkles.  It also dries slow so you have time to position it.  Is there a Michaels in your town? They sell the paste there.  They may also have some specialty papers you can use.  Both papers I used,mired and beige, had fibers, they were not translucent. Hope that helps.

  42. Angie at Feb 05, 2012 10:51:36

    Dear Rich your work is awesome , but I have a problem. One week ago I saw the card and I want to make it for my boyfriend. That day I found and I could open the tutorial. Now it’s asking for credit card and I don’t have one. Can you please send the tutorial to my email , and tell me if there is another way to send your money? or….I hope you’ ll be generous to make my wish come true. I’ll be very grateful to you. You have not idea how much this is important to me. COngrats. And keep working. I’ll be looking forward to your answer :)

  43. Angie at Feb 06, 2012 12:34:26

    I am writing again. I was trying to find a way to buy your card but there isn’t any. I am from Macedonia and here we are not able to pay or buy through Pay Pal , so if you can, send it for me on my e-mail. :/ Thanks again :)

  44. Eddy at Feb 07, 2012 01:48:03

    Oh no I also saw this last week and it was free =[ wanted to make this for my gf for valenitines day.

  45. Payal at Feb 16, 2012 08:36:32

    i tried to download the templates but its not free i thought it would be.! is there any other way to get the templates..!??? :(

    • Creative Rich at Feb 16, 2012 03:14:26

      Sorry, the templates are only available through the store.

  46. Daryl Tan at Aug 14, 2012 06:44:16

    U did an awesome job. I just purchase one of the template. I’m so excited to get it started & give it to my girlfriend. Bravo!

    • Creative Rich at Aug 14, 2012 10:17:03

      Thanks Daryl! Good luck with the card! I hope your girlfriend loves it!

  47. belen llanos at Dec 03, 2012 07:43:00

    tendrias el molde del dibujo de la tarjeta?? por favor, porque nosé como hacerlo

  48. nurul at Feb 21, 2013 11:54:47

    i really love this card. it’s beautiful card

  49. Mike at Jan 16, 2014 11:49:00

    Do I need to print the templates on a specialty paper or is regular printer paper okay?

    • CreativeRich at Jan 16, 2014 04:29:25

      Hi Mike, I would suggest printing the template on normal paper, then using the template to cut it out on cardstock. Here are some instructions on using templates.

  50. Veronica at Feb 01, 2014 07:03:56

    This is a very nice card I Really like it, I like most of the cards I see on this page it’s way better then others I’ve seen

    • CreativeRich at Feb 02, 2014 10:48:15

      Thanks Veronica!

  51. bhumika jain at Feb 07, 2014 06:21:49

    really beautiful

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  53. I at Feb 15, 2014 04:54:43

    Woah! Thanks for the tutorials! I’m really excited to try doing these things.. My classmates appreciate me when I’m giving them these kinds of pop-up cards.. I’m really greatful to people like you!! You’re way too creative!!

    • CreativeRich at Feb 15, 2014 08:33:43

      Thanks Hylene!

  54. ILoveCreativePeople at Feb 15, 2014 05:02:12

    They’re rea;;y very pretty! I hope I can do these cards!!


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