DIY Modern Pop-Up Valentine Cards

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Every year, my husband and I have a standing DIY battle to see who can make the coolest Valentine. He usually wins, but this year I think I may have him beat with this cool, modern take on a pop-up card. It's quick, simple and totally customizable, so you can make one for every Valentine on your list.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock in various colors (about 5 sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue dots
  • Optional: cutting machine, i.e. Cricut
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Tip

  • All of the cutting in this project is possible with scissors and a craft knife, but you'll cut your make-time way down if you have access to a cutting machine!

Step 1

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 inches by 8 1/2 inches.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Step 2

Cut out the decorations you'd like to use inside of the card. Be creative! You can do hearts, words, balloons, or a modern X and O motif like ours. You'll need two large pieces, approximately 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and lots of smaller pieces, approximately 3/4 inches in diameter.

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Step 3

Fold the white cardstock in half to create a crease, making a card that is 5 inches by 4 1/4 inches. Unfold. Using a ruler and a craft knife, cut slits in the card perpendicular to the crease. You'll create four slits to make two pop-up platforms. Make your slits so that they are of equal length on either side of the crease.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Tip

  • The longer the slit, the deeper your platform will be. You may want to test this step on some scratch paper first to plan how deep you'd like your platforms.

Step 4

Gently fold the card closed again to crease the pop-up platforms into place.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Step 5

Start placing the small pieces you cut onto the top half of the inside of the card. Place a glue dot on the back of each piece and scatter them around until the top inside of the card is covered.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Step 6

If any of your shapes hang over the edge of your card, trim away the excess with scissors until the edges are even.

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Step 7

Cut a colored piece of cardstock to 5 inches by 4 1/4 inches. Cut another piece of a different color to the same measurements, and then cut this piece in half on a diagonal of your choosing.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Step 8

Place glue dots on the back of the diagonal piece and layer it on top of the full piece, adhering them together.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Step 9

Use some of your scraps from the shapes that you cut out earlier for decoration on the front of the card. The negative space of the shapes you cut will work perfectly! Adhere this over the diagonal colored cardstock with glue dots.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Step 10

Adhere this full piece to the front of the card with glue dots, hiding the slits you cut for the pop-up platforms.

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Step 11

Use glue dots to adhere your large shapes to the pop-up platforms inside the card.

(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

Ta-da! A fancy, modern pop-up card that you can make with your own two hands! I'm loving this modern take on a pop-up, especially with a Valentine's color palette that's a little off the beaten path. Hand one of these to your Valentine, and I'm pretty sure they'll give you heart eyes all day long!

(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)
(Image: Chelsea Foy)

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