I know, I know, everyone has made a spiral card by now. But have you thought about what would happen if you made a spiral that didn't start as a circle? And what if you made two spirals, and joined them above the card crease to make a card that could open 180°? Now that's interesting.
I like the X-form heart you can create at the center.
If you have never made a circular spiral card, make that first as a warm-up.
How to make a double heart spiral card
Cut out two heart spirals.
(Download a printable pattern here.)
Place them with the spirals going in opposite directions: the hearts flipped both horizontally and vertically from each other. See those yellow lines? They are highlighting the beginning of the cut on each heart. One cut heads toward the top left, the other toward the bottom right.
Score and crease each spiral at the bottom of the heart.
Slot the hearts together. (You can also omit the slots on the center hearts and just glue the centers together, one right on top of the other.)
Be sure the hearts can collapse flat. If not, switch how you have the hearts slotted together.
Spread glue on just the outside heart of one spiral (pink).
Place the heart, glue side down, at a 90° angle to the center crease of the card. For the sample I placed the point of the heart about 1" from the crease but I think this stretches the spiral out a little too much. I'd say somewhere between 1/2" and 3/4" would be better.
Spread glue on the outermost heart of the other spiral (purple). Check to make sure the hearts are still lined up exactly on top of each other, then close the card to glue it all together.
Allow to dry, then open.
This one's better--the points are a little closer to the center fold of the card.
Check out TAVIORI's spiral variations like this one.
Heck, the entire site is full of wonderful stuff.
Here's the one that inspired me, made by Rich of Creative Pop Up Cards.I can't tell exactly what's going on at the join. The clever thing is the hearts with the couple's initials. I had a "how does that work?" moment until I looked closely and realized they weren't connected to the spiral heart--they're cut and glued separately.
UPDATE January 2011: Rich now has templates and a tutorial for this card up on his site, including an entire alphabet set of heart intitials.
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