Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card: Kissing Couple Tutorial *Updated*

Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card: Kissing Couple Tutorial *Updated*

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:

(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.


  • ling
    Posted at 07:00h, 19 January Reply

    Very Nice Tutorial … Thank you

  • L.V.Anh
    Posted at 08:36h, 19 January Reply

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

  • Grace
    Posted at 13:35h, 19 January Reply

    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!

  • elisa
    Posted at 02:52h, 20 January Reply

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

  • Noopur Kawathekar
    Posted at 08:13h, 20 January Reply

    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
      Posted at 09:28h, 20 January Reply

      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!

  • Nyc Mom
    Posted at 12:26h, 20 January Reply

    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
      Posted at 14:32h, 20 January Reply

      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
        Posted at 19:50h, 31 January Reply

        can you make the template free pleaseee

        • CreativeRich
          Posted at 10:49h, 02 February Reply

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

    Posted at 23:54h, 20 January Reply

    Thank you so much for this little piece of art

    im from Mexico, your friend hector

  • Jelle
    Posted at 07:13h, 21 January Reply

    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),

  • Kevin
    Posted at 09:31h, 22 January Reply

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

  • bea
    Posted at 19:33h, 22 January Reply

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

  • NycMom
    Posted at 07:54h, 24 January Reply

    @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
      Posted at 10:11h, 24 January Reply

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

  • sarah
    Posted at 02:45h, 28 January Reply

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

  • math games
    Posted at 06:50h, 07 February Reply


  • Shawn
    Posted at 03:09h, 09 February Reply

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

    • Creative
      Posted at 07:55h, 09 February Reply

      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.

  • facebook
    Posted at 20:46h, 16 February Reply

    i love it

  • Sonia
    Posted at 13:58h, 13 March Reply


    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? 🙂

  • Jean
    Posted at 04:32h, 15 April Reply

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

  • Syrena
    Posted at 00:32h, 09 June Reply

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

    • Creative
      Posted at 06:36h, 09 June Reply

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

  • reema
    Posted at 12:18h, 09 June Reply

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

  • reema
    Posted at 12:21h, 09 June Reply

    pppl plsssssssssssssssss….help mee!!!!!

  • tanima samuel
    Posted at 13:06h, 16 July Reply

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

    • Creative
      Posted at 20:58h, 16 July Reply

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

  • neha
    Posted at 03:16h, 23 July Reply

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

    • Creative
      Posted at 08:27h, 23 July Reply

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

  • Keni
    Posted at 14:37h, 19 August Reply

    Muy bonito eeeeee

  • Allison
    Posted at 22:45h, 15 September Reply

    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
      Posted at 07:13h, 16 September Reply

      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.

  • polly
    Posted at 07:16h, 01 October Reply

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

  • craolina
    Posted at 14:04h, 17 October Reply

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

  • kristine
    Posted at 12:35h, 08 December Reply

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

    • Creative
      Posted at 16:22h, 08 December Reply

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

  • PurpleDragon
    Posted at 00:30h, 09 December Reply

    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
      Posted at 12:18h, 09 December Reply

      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.

  • Amanda M
    Posted at 19:32h, 11 December Reply

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

    • Creative
      Posted at 05:44h, 12 December Reply

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

  • Meerang Park
    Posted at 06:55h, 13 December Reply

    i love it! thank you very much!

  • Paola Castellanos
    Posted at 19:53h, 13 December Reply

    OMG! you R a genius! I love your page

  • Ishwari
    Posted at 01:52h, 18 December Reply

    You are a genious man… solute you.

  • Alizeh
    Posted at 00:05h, 22 December Reply

    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
      Posted at 10:05h, 22 December Reply

      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.

  • Triya
    Posted at 07:34h, 23 December Reply

    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 🙂 🙂

  • tanvi kapila
    Posted at 02:20h, 31 December Reply

    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
      Posted at 07:52h, 31 December Reply

      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!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 11:03h, 11 January Reply

    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!


  • pong
    Posted at 21:32h, 11 January Reply

    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

  • Kerying
    Posted at 10:03h, 18 January Reply

    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! 🙂

  • elga
    Posted at 21:07h, 19 January Reply

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

  • mital
    Posted at 10:08h, 30 January Reply

    what to learn spring heart pop up card

  • Michelle
    Posted at 11:33h, 03 February Reply

    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
      Posted at 15:02h, 03 February Reply

      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
        Posted at 21:41h, 03 February Reply

        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
          Posted at 11:21h, 05 February Reply

          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
            Posted at 12:40h, 05 February

            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.

  • Angie
    Posted at 22:51h, 05 February Reply

    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 🙂

  • Angie
    Posted at 00:34h, 06 February Reply

    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 🙂

  • Eddy
    Posted at 01:48h, 07 February Reply

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

  • Payal
    Posted at 08:36h, 16 February Reply

    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
      Posted at 15:14h, 16 February Reply

      Sorry, the templates are only available through the store.

  • Daryl Tan
    Posted at 06:44h, 14 August Reply

    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
      Posted at 10:17h, 14 August Reply

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

  • belen llanos
    Posted at 07:43h, 03 December Reply

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

  • nurul
    Posted at 23:54h, 21 February Reply

    i really love this card. it’s beautiful card

  • Mike
    Posted at 11:49h, 16 January Reply

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

    • CreativeRich
      Posted at 16:29h, 16 January Reply

      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.

  • Veronica
    Posted at 19:03h, 01 February Reply

    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
      Posted at 10:48h, 02 February Reply

      Thanks Veronica!

  • bhumika jain
    Posted at 06:21h, 07 February Reply

    really beautiful

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  • I
    Posted at 04:54h, 15 February Reply

    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
      Posted at 08:33h, 15 February Reply

      Thanks Hylene!

  • ILoveCreativePeople
    Posted at 05:02h, 15 February Reply

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

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