Introduction: Pixelated Popup Card

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I‘d been scratching my head trying to come up with a card for my hubby {AKA the non-romantic type}. I finally decided to make him this pixely popup heart card!

I've seen similar styled pop-ups before and thought a heart would work really well. 

The card is also really minimal (which I love) and take about 20 minutes to make (that includes the card, insert and envelope).

Step 1: Print and Cut Insert Template

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Download the popup insert template and print out on to a sheet of paper or thin card. I used pink paper but you can use any color you want. Using some scissors trim around the edge of the template.

Step 2: Cut and Score Your Card

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Place your piece of paper on a cutting mat (or a scrap piece of cardboard). Using a craft knife and ruler cut along the black lines (highlighted in yellow) and score along the grey lines.

You can score the card with your craft knife (just don't press too hard). Alternately you can use a compass point or even a pin!

Step 3: Start Folding

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Make the four valley folds as show in the image below (marked with thin yellow lines).

Step 4: Slowly Fold Card in Half

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Make sure your card is still resting on a flat surface and s-l-o-w-l-y fold the top of the card inwards and the bottom half of the heart should begin to push out. (You don’t need to tape it to the table…I just did because I was taking pictures at the same time!)

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Step 6: Make Outer Card

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Make outer card and glue/tape popup insert inside. I just used a plain piece of paper which measured 9.5cm x 19cm and then folded it in half.

I left mine blank (I really dig the minimal look) however if you want to decorate the outside then you can!

Step 7: Make Envelope

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Print out the envelope template. Cut, score and fold! I also made some paper pixel confetti to add to the card!

Step 8: Assemble!

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Pop the card in the envelope and stick down. You can use glue or tape (or even some pretty washi tape).

Happy valentines day everyone!!


shayW made it! (author)2017-05-13

I maked it for my mom for Mothe'rs Day! I didn't have printer to get the template so I drew it! It's a great craft!

BAMMO1 (author)2017-01-15

Very Cool

ProtectTheAlphaWolf (author)2016-05-05

just finished cutting it out

jessjenn7777 made it! (author)2016-04-27

It's awesome

myrkastark (author)2016-03-03

I made this for my boyfriend for valentine's day and he loved it! I forgot to take pictures though :/ Very easy and turns out really nice. Thank you Kate!

PenesisRick (author)2016-02-01

Wow it's really interesting!!!

StephenC52 (author)2015-12-18

I intend to add something to it. a key, a keyhole in the middle, a LED w/ a simple switch. should light up when the key is inserted or something :)

robotoys made it! (author)2015-02-16

Just the thing for a handmade Valentine's notion.

krummrey (author)2015-02-16

Brings back the 80's... Love it.

adamwatters (author)2015-02-15

very cool - thanks for sharing!

LilChrjs made it! (author)2015-02-13

I made it couple years back and still love the idea!

thetreehearts (author)2015-02-13

This is so great to put my valentine's message on haha thank you!

KristinaC2 (author)2015-02-12

hi ! It's just 2 more days to valentines day here. I would really love to make this for my partner but I don't have a printer at home. I've tried drawing it but I failed. May I know the measurement of it if I were to draw them. Thank you :)

draucci (author)2015-02-12

Made it yesterday. It worked great (it did take me two tries, so it was good the template page had two).

This is a really cool project. Thanks!

me12234 (author)2014-06-05

i love the idea but i am kinda confuse in what to do tho

wikiti made it! (author)2014-04-11

Sweet :)

WRN (author)2014-03-29

Oh, what a happy valentine's day.. Good idea, right.. You're an innovative person.

rogerwilco made it! (author)2014-03-05

Great idea and nice instructable. I was inspired to make some for my daughter's preschool class, but making 20 in one evening was a bit overambitious! I stayed up nearly all night, but had fun. Some of the kids were appreciative, too.


Annemon (author)2014-02-21

This card is so cool! I love it! Thank you!!!

GrfxGawd (author)2014-02-18

These are untested, for use with Silhouette devices. They are untested because of a conflict I am having with Instructables, and because I do not care for the closed system Silhouette forces upon their customers. But for anyone willing to give them a try, be my guest.

c3rialk (author)2014-02-15

Made one too and my wife loved it. Thanks! #success

tabi (author)2014-02-14

I made it and it was a success!!! the only thong is I did put some backing but it was slightly larger thatn the card proper so it will not go into the envelope (doesn´t really matter because it so pretty on its own! (I justo closed it with a kiss (sticker)

passionworks (author)2014-02-14

very fun project, wife should love it when she finds it in morning!

Drow (author)2014-02-13

Awesome and surprisingly simple. The envelope was a nice addition. Thank you for posting!!!!

S_Alex77 made it! (author)2014-02-12

Very cute! Thanks :-) I'm halfway through making 17 of these for my son to take to school on Valentine's day. I even found some cute pixelated heart tape!

hometownbetty (author)2014-02-10

Awesome! What a cool card! I'll have to try this one next year with my kids!

Nidža made it! (author)2014-02-10

So cool. I just made a card for my wife. Thanks. :-)

And I performed all cutting and folding using my Swiss Army Knife, which my wife sees as a toy, not real tool. ;-)

I used scissors and small blade for cutting, and large blade for lifting the heart up.

TIP: For easy folding, just scratch lines that not should be cut, with tip of a blade or with a needle.

muskyhusky25 (author)2014-02-09

I don't get it. How?

tezcatbus (author)2014-02-08

this is legit, and has given me so many ideas for other applications.

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samalert (author)2014-02-07

dude 2 year back but still fresh

fareed_tam (author)2014-02-06

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ASCAS (author)2014-02-06

Thank you for sharing the world's most awesome card! <3

daiduong04 (author)2014-02-06

Thank you so much, i made it for my girl friend. She goes UK for studying, i stucked in how to make her feel happy. today, i see your instructable..... it s an awful gift. I greatly appreciate your sharing.

hindmarauder (author)2014-02-05

sweet! another gift for my lil valentine :3
thanks for sharing and it really is great :D

heatherm2 (author)2014-02-05

super cute!!

seth42 (author)2013-05-10

This is a great and super creative instructable and I am really glad it was posted. Whatever contest it was in, it deserved to win.

Indy cloe (author)2013-04-14

Looks like mine craft

solielxxx3 (author)2012-10-29

it doesnt let me print out the pdf !! why ???

jessyho862013 (author)2012-07-13

thanks for this and i also make some too but is the different one is a cube and guys u can go to my profile and check it out ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anne_estefany (author)2012-05-07

I loveed! =D

Alberta Leong (author)2012-03-12

Super nice!

HMice (author)2012-03-02

Awesome! Here's the one I made. Not as good as urs tho... As you can see, two of the little things I scored to much and they broke. :( It still looks pretty good for a first attempt in my opinion. Thanks again for the great "ible"

ToolboxGuy (author)2012-02-12

Cannot print the PDF for some reason!
I can print other PDFs from here, but Adobe Reader crashes when I attempt to print. Can you post a version which does not use the fancy fonts, so I can see if that is the cauuse?


kate12345 (author)ToolboxGuy2012-02-12

Hi Toolboxguy,

I uploaded one without fonts to my site. Link as follows:

If you have further problems then let me know what version of adobe reader you are using.


ToolboxGuy (author)kate123452012-02-13

I found out it wasn't fonts, but my new HP printer, which has their "web tools" feature, to direct print any image (think snag-it)
It couldn't handle the idea of using Adobe to print PDFs - go figure.

I uninstalled all Adobe products, rebooted, reinstalled Reader, still failed.
Uninstalled the HP tool, and your original worked!

Sorry to put you through the rework for nothing....



kate12345 (author)ToolboxGuy2012-02-13

Hi Toolboxguy,

Glad you sorted it.

No only took a few minutes...

ToolboxGuy (author)kate123452012-02-18

By the way, my wife said it's one of the best things she's received for Valentine's Day ever!

Since we've been together for 31 years, that's saying something special!

kate12345 (author)ToolboxGuy2012-02-19

yippee!! congrats on 31 years! :)

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