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Cut Paper Heart Valentine Ideas

What you will make:

These Valentine's Day cards feature the art of paper-cutting using the techniques of cut-apart and layered paper. You can easily make unique and striking Valentines using the included heart templates and colored and/or decorative papers. You can replicate the cards below using Aunt Annie's Digital Papers for Valentine's Day or use the ideas as inspiration for your own card designs.

Related craft: See more about these techniques in the Simple Paper Cutting craft project.

Here's what you need:
  • White card blank: 4¼″ by 5½
  • Colored paper or cardstock
  • Decorative paper or cardstock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Fine-tip black marker
  • Ruler or paper trimmer
  • Pencil

This project is rated EASY to do.

Make Cut Paper Heart Valentines

Read through the instructions before starting.

Scroll down to see the instructions for the three card options. The first two card options use digital paper that you download and print on white paper. See the Simple Paper Cutting craft project for step-by-step instructions on both the layered and cut-apart paper-cutting techniques.

Choose a Pattern and Print It

Download and print the pattern on your choice on paper or cardstock. The black & white (B&W) patterns can be printed on cardstock for use as templates when cutting decorative paper. The color pattern can be used as templates or as pieces to cut out and glue on your card. Each pattern includes a drawing of the finished paper-cut, shapes to cut, and suggested paper colors. The Valentine heart paper-cuts patterns include templates for both layered paper-cuts and cut-aparts.

Valentine Heart Cuts
Printable pattern for Valentine heart layered paper-cuts and cut-aparts

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.

#1: Four-layer Heart Valentine
Decorative paper:
Solid color paper or cardstock:
  • Red paper or cardstock
  • White paper or cardstock
  • White card blank

Prep work: Print the White+Pale Blue Dots on Blue ePaper and the color Valentine Heart Cuts pattern on white paper or cardstock. Cut out the blue, green and red layered hearts at the bottom of the pattern page. Glue the hearts one on top of another from largest to smallest. Glue the layered heart on a 4" square of the White+Pale Blue Dots on Blue ePaper. Cut around the blue heart leaving a ¼" or so border (see card image). Cut  two 4¼" by ¼" strips of red cardstock.

To assemble card: Glue the layered heart in the center of the card front. Glue the red strips above and below the layered heart.

#2: Three-layer Heart Valentine
Decorative paper:
Solid color paper or cardstock:
  • White card blank
  • White paper or cardstock
Miscellaneous supplies:
  • Black marker, fine-tip

Prep work: Print the Small White Hearts on Red ePaper and the color Valentine Heart Cuts pattern on white paper or cardstock. Cut out the red, white and pale red layered hearts at the top of the pattern page. Glue the hearts one on top of another from largest to smallest.  Cut  two 4¼" strips from the heart ePaper.

To assemble card: Glue the layered heart in the center of the card front. Glue the heart strips above and below the layered heart. Draw thin black lines above and below each heart strip.

#3: Cut-Apart Heart Valentine
Solid color paper or cardstock:
  • Blue paper or cardstock
  • White paper or cardstock
  • White card blank

Prep work: Print the color Valentine Heart Cuts pattern on white paper or cardstock. Cut out the red cut-apart heart at the top of the pattern page. Cut the heart apart on the three black lines. Glue the heart parts on the blue paper or cardstock, leaving small gaps between the pieces (see card image). Cut around the cut-apart heart leaving a ¼" or so border or blue. Cut two 4¼" strips from the blue paper.

To assemble card: Glue the blue heart with red cut-apart heart in the center of the card front. Glue the blue strips above and below the layered heart.

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to make the card.
  • Think about the person getting the card and the card's sentiment.
  • Think about the card and imagine how it will look.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Valentine's Day pop-up cards

Related crafts: Want more card ideas? Check out the Valentine's Day Cards page to find the perfect handmade card project.

Easy Valentine's Day cards
Love letter card with applique heart

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Tip: Make a simple love letter card by drawing lines on a white card blank that resemble a sealed envelope, and adding a heart cutout.

Love letter card with layerd applique heart

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Example paper applique card

Related project: See more heart cutout cards featured in the Appliqué Heart Valentines tutorial.

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