Pop Up Card Tutorial: How to Make Valentine’s Day Airplane w/Heart Strings

In my previous post, Pop Up Card: Be My Valentine, I showcased a little airplane carrying hearts strung along behind it, all on top of some pop-up clouds with the message “Be My Valentine.” I figured I would do a tutorial this evening on how you can make this card on your own. Bear with me – I’m not a professional photographer and I don’t have a professional camera. The good old iPhone 4S will have to suffice. I hope that this helps you make a pop up valentine of your own! 🙂 More tutorials coming soon!

Original Card That I Will be Re-Creating:

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

1. Start with project board / poster board. I love this stuff for the backbone of all cards because it is really sturdy material that adds much needed support to hold up the weight from the cardstock pop ups. Cut a 12 x 12″ square in half and then into two 6 x 6″ squares.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

2. Cut a piece of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half so you have a 12 x 6″ piece and score in the middle (DO NOT CUT into 6 x 6″ squares). This piece will the background of the inside card where the pop up will be.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

3. Use pencil to draw the outline of your clouds on white cardstock. I free hand draw and prefer x-acto knifing to cut out just about everything – but you can feel free to use scissors. If you have trouble drawing, it’s a good idea to google search “cloud cartoon,” then print the image and lay it on top of your cardstock and cut along the outline of shape using an x-acto knife.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

4. Now let’s create the base of your pop-up clouds – we are going to use a tabletop pop-up mechanism. Cut a long strip of cardstock 2 cm thick (make sure it’s around 10-12cm long so you have enough). Then score four 2 cm lines, each 2 cm apart from each other and then one 1 cm line as shown below. Repeat this again so you have 2 strips of paper with scored 2 cm lines.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

5. Now fold the strips along the scored edges and glue the small 1 cm flap inwards so you have a 3 dimensional square. Allow both squares to dry.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

6. Do the same thing again with a 2 cm thick strip of paper but this time, have four lines each 1 cm apart and a fifth line 1/2 cm long. Score accordingly on 2 strips of paper and fold along the scored edges so you now have 2 small rectangle boxes.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

7. Glue the 2 cm squares together on one side – and then place them along the fold of the card so that the middle of boxes lines up right in the fold. Glue along the bottom square faces to secure in place.

8. Glue the 1 cm rectangles together on on side – and then place them wherever you want. I put them in an off-center location to the right. These little rectangles will hold up the cloud that is a step down from the clouds atop of the larger squares. Once you have the right spot for them, glue on the bottom sides and secure in place.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

9. Add glue to the tops of the squares and rectangles you have now securely glued and add your clouds where you want them.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

10. Now you can punch out the heart balloon by using a paper punch and some metallic paper.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

11. Cut the balloon string by trimming off a thin piece of ribbon. Glue it where desired.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

12. Now cut out a shape of the airplane and hearts. Again, I love using the x-acto knife for this because it’s quick and much easier than finagling with the scissors. Write the words you want on each heart using a sharpie.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

13. Once you have your shapes cut out, lay them down where you want them on top of the clouds.

How to Make a Valentine Pop Up Card

14. Cut out strips of ribbon long enough to reach from the tail of the plane and in between each heart. Once you have everything just where you want it, secure with glue.

How to Make a Valentine Pop Up Card

The Re-Created Card from the Tutorial:

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

15. Create the cover by cutting another strip of paper 12 x 6″ and scoring in the middle to fold and adhere to the poster board. Cut out paper and design a cover however you want. I used paper punches for the hearts and hand wrote “Be Mine.”

Well, I did it in kind of a rush all while watching the King of Queens and Jeopardy this evening, but did the two come out looking pretty similar? You can do it yourself easily at home and add your own creative flair to make it your own. Happy crafting! Hope you find this tutorial useful!

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