Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card: Lovebirds Tutorial

Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card: Lovebirds Tutorial

Valentine's day is just around the corner. Here is the tutorial for the Lovebirds Pop Up card. Like the other Valentine's day cards, this card can also be used for a birthday pop up card for a loved one. With a little imagination, you could also make a Christmas, baby shower, or wedding pop up card by changing what items you put in the dove's beaks. For those of you who have been waiting for this tutorial, I hope you are able to make this card before Valentine's day. Here is the video:

Again, here is what the final card looks like:

Here is a summary of the instructions:

  1. Purchase the template for this design here:  Valentine's Day Pop Up Card: Lovebirds.
  2. Cut out the birds making sure you do not cut the areas where you need to score (dotted line)
  3. Cut out the 2 tails, which you will glue on later.
  4. Fold the bird bodies and the wings upwards as shown below.
  5. Fold the tails down the center, then the tabs outwards as shown below.
  6. Glue the bodies of the birds together, making sure not to glue the heads. You will put the hearts between the beaks later. Make sure the card folds flat.
  7. Cut out 2 card covers (shown in pink) 6.25″ x 4.5″.
  8. Glue the card covers to the backside of the card. Make sure you align the cards precisely to the center fold. Make sure that the card opens and closes flat.
  9. Glue the tails behind the birds using the small folded flaps as shown below.
  10. Cut out the items you want the birds to hold in their beaks. Here are some ideas:
    • I -heart- U
    • Two hearts
    • An arrow and a heart
    • Your names with a heart in between
    • Your initials
    • Other meaningful items that pertain to the person you are giving the card to
  11. Place the items in the bird's beaks and open and close the card to make sure you are happy with the way the card looks.
  12. Glue the items to the bird's beaks.

Here is what the card looks like with the 4 different variations included in the template:

You can use your creativity to customize this card for many occasions.

  • mark
    Posted at 06:16h, 12 February Reply

    Yey 🙂 you’re great! thanks!

  • lin
    Posted at 07:41h, 12 February Reply

    when making these pop up cards what type of paper do u recommend?

    • Creative
      Posted at 09:49h, 12 February Reply

      Look for 65lb paper or higher. If you go to an art store, look for bristol or water color paper. Those are 100lb. You can also go to Staples and buy their standard cardstock. I bought a ream of different colored 65lb cardstock at Staples for ~$15. 65lb is the minimum I would go. It’s easier to cut than 100lb paper, but 100lb paper gives the card a nice rigid feel.

      • Valera K.
        Posted at 22:47h, 05 February Reply

        Can you help me with transforming “lb” into “kg/cm”?

        • Creative Rich
          Posted at 13:15h, 06 February Reply

          The paper weight is a metric that measures the thickness of the paper. Standard paper is 20lbs. So the card stock I use is ~3x thicker. Just look for thin cardstock that can stay standing when you lean it against the wall. You can also use Bristol or water color paper from an art store.

  • Carol
    Posted at 08:45h, 12 February Reply

    Dang! I had to make my card yesterday. Guess I’ll save this beauty for next year.

  • Sherry
    Posted at 11:01h, 12 February Reply

    You do Some amazing Cards. I have these japanese pop up cards and hav a hard time understanding there instr. lov the tutorial, you make it so easy. What is Kent paper and what would b the ulternative to it. Can’t find it anywhere. Thanks

    • Creative
      Posted at 11:27h, 12 February Reply

      I probably have the same books you do, by Chatani or Nakazawa? I could never find Kent paper either. You can use bristol or water color paper. I’ve even used colored manila folders. If you go to an office supply store, you can buy some card stock 65lb or higher.

  • lin
    Posted at 12:33h, 12 February Reply

    as fro cutting out the template would u prefer scissors or a knife

    • Creative
      Posted at 12:37h, 12 February Reply

      Use an X-acto knife, a good quality, sharp, new one. If the blade tip bends and curves when you us it, it’s a cheap one. The tip of a good blade will break off before bending.

  • Sebastian
    Posted at 19:36h, 12 February Reply

    Oh man… this is awesome. The is the masterpiece of the century!!!

  • Dennis WONG
    Posted at 02:20h, 15 February Reply

    Thank you, Webmaster!!!

    Thank you so much for providing us with this fantastic pop-up card. I intended to make a pop-up card inspired by a card seen in Hallmark but finally failed. I’m glad that I have been here. I made a pop-up card of kissing birds to my girl and she liked it very much.

    Buying a pop-up card from Hallmark may cost over US$8-10 in my town but making a personalised one only cost me US$1-2. The more important is, to my girl, the hand-made one is priceless.

  • katie
    Posted at 12:31h, 19 February Reply

    your good

  • Leilani
    Posted at 20:30h, 21 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us. I will definitely be adding your site to my RSS Reader, and using your templates. Keep up the phenomenal work. You Rock!!!

  • lulu
    Posted at 22:41h, 25 March Reply

    Great talent.. your wife ia lucky..

  • Ansy
    Posted at 00:07h, 16 April Reply

    Their wings don’t meet and the birds are kinda far apart from each other :((

    • Creative
      Posted at 07:31h, 16 April Reply

      You may want to try and mount it on more rigid backing. This will force the card to fold flatter, which will make the birds unfold closer together. Also make sure that the attachment end of the bird is well glued down to the backing. You can compensate a little if the birds are too far apart by making the hearts, or whatever you put in their beaks larger. Good luck!

  • Kayleen Clements
    Posted at 09:20h, 29 April Reply

    I just came across your site yesterday thanks to You Tube. Your cards are so clever and absolutely beautiful. I’m going to see if I can find your template to try and make the card now. I love it.

  • David
    Posted at 08:26h, 06 September Reply

    wow~!amazing website!
    The instruction you give is very helpful!

  • Sue
    Posted at 05:38h, 19 September Reply

    Oh my gosh! Your templates, ideas and videos are terrific! I just found your website and I LOVE it!

    Thank you, SO MUCH, for your excellent popup cards. They’re wonderful!

  • thom
    Posted at 14:30h, 26 February Reply

    wat for paper you yuse

    • Creative Rich
      Posted at 18:35h, 26 February Reply

      Hi Thomas, I use a light card stock rated at 65lbs. You should use the thinnest card stock you can find that is thicker than paper.

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