I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s day.  I know this is a few days late, but here are the instructions on how to make the twisting hearts popup card.  Here are two images of the finished card.  The hearts twist 90 degrees when the card is opened.  This tutorial will have instructions on how to make both versions.   Assembling the hearts so that they rotate is a little tricky so you will want to watch the video.  I didn’t have time to edit this video down, so it’s a little long (16 min).

Here is the image of the card with the kissing couple:


Here is the image of the card with “I <3 You” in the center:

The instructions can be viewed in this video:

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Here are step by step instructions:

  1. Purchase the template from the store here: Twisting Hearts Template.
  2. Use the templates to cut out the inside and outside of the card from card stock.  You can view my tips on using templates post for more help.
  3. Score the card along the dotted lines as indicated.  If you are using a knife to score, score the all lines on the back of the card except for the 2 vertical lines in the middle of the hearts.  I have written “Score top” next to these lines.  You will want to score on top of the card for these 2 lines.
  4. Fold the scored lines.  For all of the lines where you scored the backside, you will want to fold the card upwards, or use a valley fold.  Fold the 2 lines you scored on top, downwards, or use a mountain fold.
  5. This is where it’s a little tricky.   You may want to watch the video for this.  Fold the 2 sides of the cards inwards, while folding all of the lines you scored, and folded earlier, in the middle of the hearts.  The hearts should twist 90 degrees as you fold the 2 sides inwards.
  6. Glue the tops of the hearts together.
  7. Insert the inside card into the outside cover using thee heart cutouts on each corner of the outside cover.
  8. Fold the flaps a few times back and forth to make the creases looser.  This will make your card open up more consistently.
  9. For the “I <3 You” version, glue the parts on the side of the heart.  I have also included letters if you want to glue your initials into the hearts.
  10. For the Kissing Couple version, glue the boy and girl to the side of the heart.  You will want to test this using tape first.  Make sure that the couple kisses when the card is opened.  Fold the flaps a few times more if necessary.  Once you have the couple aligned correctly, you can glue them in place. They boy’s foot may catch on the bottom of the card.  You will want to glue the inside card to the backing at the point where the boy’s foot catches.  This will help the boy’s foot slip over the edge of the inside card.
  11. Glue the hearts to the front side of the card and any other clip art to customize your card.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.



  1. mientje at Feb 16, 2012 04:28:18

    I like this card,its very beautiful

  2. Michela by Italy at Feb 16, 2012 05:27:06

    Always beautiful!

  3. Michela by Italy at Feb 16, 2012 05:28:44

    Ma non sono più gratis?

    • Creative Rich at Feb 17, 2012 06:02:37

      Sorry, they are not free anymore :(

      • marianne santos at Feb 18, 2012 07:39:36

        do you still have free templates ?

        • Creative Rich at Feb 20, 2012 11:35:40

          Unfortunately, the templates are no longer free.

          • anthony bowen at Oct 17, 2012 02:32:45

            oie yo quiero los moldes como hago

  4. Gretcheina Myers at Feb 16, 2012 06:08:38

    This is the coolest Valentine ever!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  5. Sue W at Feb 16, 2012 06:19:44

    Love the card, Rich! ;oD Just got the files and will use this one next year. Used the other Valentine’s cards you did, this year, and they were a big hit! Thank you for all your hard and wonderful work.

  6. Brenda at Feb 16, 2012 07:48:11

    This is very pretty! Your tutorial is great. You are an excellent instructor.:)

  7. Susan at Feb 16, 2012 10:15:02

    I love the card. I think you are very good at what you do. Keep on inspiring us all and I look forward to you next tutorial.

  8. Maria Isabel Frontanilla at Feb 17, 2012 05:54:12

    Hi, I think this may sound kind of silly, but how can i buy this template? It’s on my cart already but i don’t know what else i should do. Help me please :)

  9. prabhath perera at Feb 17, 2012 10:31:44

    its not free anymore.. but thanks lot for being able to take all templates ealy..

    • sam at Feb 17, 2012 04:51:44

      @prabhanth perera
      can i have those templates? please.. im just 13 years old. i cant afford those templates. but i wish to make them by myself. :( … last time i just printed it out and i didnt save it.. PLEASE?

  10. roberta at Feb 17, 2012 05:16:37

    this is really a wonderful card! It’s a pity you’ve posted it too late! I can use the template next year.

  11. karla at Feb 19, 2012 07:54:31

    where to cut with the drawings

    • Creative Rich at Feb 20, 2012 11:48:28

      The template to this card can be found at the store: Template Store.

  12. Crystal at Feb 20, 2012 08:54:44

    can u plz make it free for a day i dont have a credit card and i am very good at art and i made the template myself but it got ripped so plz can u make it free i only need this template


  13. suzy at Feb 29, 2012 06:25:06

    how to get the template ?

  14. Linh at Mar 06, 2012 01:40:19

    tôi ? Vi?t Nam, tôi có th? tìm ki?m th? ? ?âu?

  15. raj at Jun 17, 2012 08:46:19

    Will you sale the cards or templates along?

    • Creative Rich at Jun 17, 2012 09:04:51

      Hi Raj. I only sell the templates. Thanks for visiting!

  16. daniela at Jun 21, 2012 12:44:10

    please I need the mold of 3D heart card to print

  17. okluver at Aug 14, 2012 12:22:40

    ayudemne con los moldes que no se cuales son porfis

  18. yarely peres at Sep 22, 2012 04:24:59

    :C que mal :C necesito los moldes T_T
    me urgen pero no puedo comprarlos :S :C

  19. Priscilla Len at Dec 18, 2012 06:04:27

    Hi, I would like to know the template is printed on A4 size paper?

    • Creative Rich at Dec 18, 2012 08:01:51

      Hi Priscilla, The templates are designed for 8.5″ x ll” paper, but it should be close enough for A4 sized paper.

  20. Lett at Feb 03, 2013 09:42:10

    hw 2 by the model map?

  21. moni at Feb 04, 2013 01:39:52

    me podrias ayudar a ser la carta el q dice i love u

  22. Vanesa castillo at Feb 04, 2013 01:46:28

    this page is beautiful , i want free templates pleaseeee

  23. emily at Feb 06, 2013 03:58:01

    HI :)
    i used the a-4 paper to have a try
    but i found that it is too soft and the heart cannot “stand”

  24. Jeanne at Feb 14, 2013 12:49:57

    Hi Emily, try a thicker paper it would hold the heart up.

  25. Elisa at Aug 25, 2013 03:58:06

    ola, vc poderia enviar o molde pra o email , sou do Brasil. Obrigada

  26. Elisa at Aug 25, 2013 03:58:35

    hello, could u send the template to the email, I’m from Brazil. Thank you

    • CreativeRich at Aug 28, 2013 10:56:02

      Hi Elisa, Can you email me your order number? Thanks!

  27. ADILU at Dec 18, 2013 01:31:00

    hola… disculpa aun vendes las plantillas… Me interesa mucho

  28. Jocelyn Velasquez at Jan 20, 2014 04:19:00

    i bought the template how can i download now?

  29. quochuy at Oct 19, 2014 08:25:20

    hello, could u send the template to the email, I’m from Vietnam. Thank you

    • CreativeRich at Oct 20, 2014 11:30:08

      Hi Quochuy, Please send me your order number and I can help you download the file. Thanks!

  30. shonika at Feb 10, 2016 12:04:44 not getting the twist in the middle of hearts.up to which point i need to move scissor?hearts are cut up to point or jus above the point?plz xpln..

    • CreativeRich at Feb 10, 2016 08:00:27

      Hi Shonika, I don’t quote understand the problem yo are having. I hope the video helps.


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