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Feb 13, 2010

Pile of Hearts Pop Up Card

hearts pop up card

For want of a better name, I call these "meet in the middle" pop up cards.

Half of the design is cut from either side of the card and the two pieces are slotted together.

This card is really an elaborate variation of the slotted X mechanism. The slotted X is covered in Lessons 11 to 15. Check out the links to the other lessons in the right side column of this page.

pop up heart card

How to make the pile of hearts card

Download and cut out template.

Cut file: PDF, DXF, Silhouette Studio, SVG.

heart pop up card

Remove the large heart that lies on the center fold. Use it on the front of your card or discard.

Crease the fold lines at the heart bottoms, folding both piles of hearts toward the center foldline.

The card will close better if you cut the two halves of the (white) card apart at the center fold and glue them to the base card separately. I did not do this, and I got a wrinkle. (UPDATE 2/7/2014: Cutting files have been corrected to cut rather than score on center fold.) Here's one by Molly Lee to show you what I'm talking about.

Optional: back the cut out with patterned paper before gluing to the base card. I used a red stripe. Be careful not to get glue on the hearts, just the part they were cut from!

Glue cut-out part (white) to base card (red). Again, take care not to get glue on the hearts.

Pull the hearts toward each other and slot together above the center fold of the card.

heart pop up card

The card lies completely flat when opened.

valentine pop up card

More about how this card works for the mathematically inclined....

valentine pop up card

The measurement from the center fold of the card to the crease line of the hearts is the same on both sides of the center fold. (Shown in red.)

If you draw a line from the end point of one slot to the end point of the other, you have a straight line perpendicular to the center fold. And each end point is at equal distance from the center fold. (Shown in blue).

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22 comments:

Crayola58 said...

I love it when I see your pop ups...you don't just do pop up cards you DO pop up cards to the fullest.
Carole

samantha said...

I love this card thank you so much for sharing it x

Molly said...

This is so great! Inspirational as always!

Molly

tinif: a musical instrument designed for mice

paperlover said...

I love Your GSD files!!!!
Your post certainly made my day... As it usualy does keep up the Awesome-ness

Off i go to cut this on my silhouette sd!

Yippee!

Annapurna said...

Very cute! TFS!

Carol Taggart said...

Looking at the template confuses me, but I trust you. Looking at the finished product is exciting, and I will definitely try this. It will earn a WOW from my husband, who only comments when I make him cards that DO something. Otherwise, it's a "that's nice" response. This will get a WOW, I know it.

Margit Ammentorp said...

Oh! it is a well made and beautiful card

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Valentines post on Feb. 13, 2010. Thanks again.

cpeep said...

Carol, maybe because the template is in portrait and the card is in landscape?

So look at the template and envision pulling the hearts down from the top part and up from the bottom part to meet in the middle.

Also, the heart across the foldline is completely cut out and discarded. Or you can save it to use on the front of your card!

Azlina Abdul said...

OMG!!! This is gorgeous! Your work is always inspirational...thank you so much for sharing your ideas. It's just so lovely! :)

Esther said...

So cool! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Anonymous said...

This is cool! My skeptical self can't wait to try it!!! Thanks!!!
Karen

Charle said...

My Wife just loved the card. Made last weekend and gave it to here on Valentine. Thanks for sharing and your blog

Whimcees said...

Hello!

I made your card (twice) and it was quite the challenge! :<) Thank you for the great pattern - I love all of your creations and check your blog every day! I posted one of my cards today and have a link to your blog.

Wishing you a great day today!

Barbara Diane

chalocraft said...

it´s lovely, congratulation!! thankyou, my whife love´s it.

Sara said...

Hey there, found this site while looking for a nice pop up card for a wedding card. And found this. Fantastic job!
I'd like to credit you fully, if you don't mind, but couldn't find your name on the site.
Here's my result: http://www.happyfolding.com/gallery-pile_of_hearts_pop_up_card

April said...

thanks for sharing <3 I really love it

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your creations and the files! It cut so well on my cameo!

Anonymous said...

How do we actually cut the hearts?

Carol said...

You can hand cut from the PDF. Print the template on the BACK of your card stock. Cut black lines with a craft knife. Score the red lines.

Max Tran said...

Hi Carol!

Huge fan!

Anyways just wanna ask, what do you think of my 3 Cs to cardmaking?

Class- So who are you making it for? How old are they? What gender?
Colour- Choosing a suitable colour pallete is essential, don't choose clashy colours!
Composition-Be careful how you balance the card out, often it looks more realistic to seperate decorations rather than clump them!

So what do you think? I'm trying to make this a general guide for me but I need a professional to review it first! Thanks!

Diamantin said...

Thank you