- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the card you want to make, and download
the pattern. Each card pattern has two pieces: the left piece is the outside of the
card, and the right piece is the heart chain pop-up.
For a sturdier card, print the card pattern on cardstock and the
optional "insides" pattern on paper. You can also make the card from paper by printing
both the card pattern and the matching "insides" pattern on paper.
Use the Pen 'n Ink Hearts as cutouts to embellish your card or to make
matching gifts tags. The Heart Chain Pop-ups
patterns are for making pop-ups to go inside of any greeting card.
Use the Patterned Paper version to print on colored or patterned
paper—only the first heart is printed to minimize extra lines.
Lavender Pop-Up Card
Yellow Pop-Up Card
Plain Pop-Up Card
Pen 'n Ink Hearts
Heart Chain Pop-ups
Heart Chain Pop-ups
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on
standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Color (optional)
If you printed either of the plain patterns, use colored
pencils, markers, or rubber stamps to decorate the card, card
"insides," and heart chain pop-up.
Tip: You may want to write a message on the
inside of the card now.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out each pattern piece on the solid black line. If you are
making your card from paper, cut the "insides" card piece on the
outer black outline. For cardstock, cut on the inner black outline. Try to make
your cuts very straight. The card will look better and fit together
more easily with straight edges.
Tip: The card "insides" piece is optional when making
the card from cardstock, but it does add a finished look to your
Tip: It is easier to make straight cuts with a
craft knife and ruler. Kids, be sure to
get adult help when using a craft knife!
Step 4: Fold
Fold the card outside and inside pieces in half on the center line. Fold the
outside piece so that
the marks are on the outside. For the inside piece, the marks are
inside the fold. If you are using cardstock, score the
fold lines first.
- Step 5: Glue Card Pieces Together
If you are using the card "insides," glue it inside the the
outside piece. Put glue on one half of the inside piece. Slide the two card
parts together. That is, put the folded inside piece inside of the
card's outside piece. Press. Turn the card over, and put glue on the
other half of the inside piece. Press again.
Tip: When making the card from paper, the outside and inside pieces are the same size.
It is important to align the pieces exactly.
- Step 6: Fold Pop-Up
The pop-up is a chain of hearts. The pop-up must be folded before
cutting. You will fold the pop-up like an accordion. First, fold the
pop-up piece in half on the center line. The marked side is on the
inside. This is called a VALLEY fold. Second, fold back
each of the ends on the lines. These folds are called MOUNTAIN
Tip: On cardstock, score the fold lines before
Tip: When making the card from paper, the pop-up
can be made heavier by gluing the pop-up strips from the card's
inside and outside patterns back-to-back. Do this before folding the
- Step 7: Cut Pop-Up
Hold the folded stack of hearts together and cut carefully around the heart
shape. Do not cut the folds where they join the hearts together. Unfold the pop-up and you have a
chain of hearts.
- Step 8: Glue Pop-up Inside Card
Fold the heart chain the opposite way—VALLEY,
MOUNTAIN, VALLEY. The colored sides of the hearts are
all on the inside. Leave the hearts in this folded stack for gluing.
Open the card flat with the inside of the card up. Put glue on
the back of the last heart in the stack. Glue it about ½"
from the right edge of the card. Be sure that the
MOUNTAIN fold is on the right.
Next, put glue on the the back of the heart on the top of the
stack. Fold the left side of the card over on top of the hearts and
Your card is now complete! Open it to see the pop-up.