Wednesday, February 9, 2011

DIY 3-D Heart Valentine Card

I have a bunch of Valentine-y paper in my stash and decided to create a 3-D heart card for Valentine's Day. I bought a Martha Stewart heart shaped paper punch since I knew I could use it with future projects, but you could easily cut out a bunch of hearts, either free-hand or by tracing and cutting. I'm super pleased with how it turned out- it's cute and (fairly) simple to make - perfect for Valentine's Day, or for any time of the year when you want to tell someone you love and appreciate them.

- Valentine-y paper (or use magazine scraps that are red or pertinent to a color scheme you would like to use) - I used cardstock in this tutorial
- Blank white cardstock card (and envelope to put it in!) - I used a 4.25"x6" card
- Blank piece of cardstock to line the inside of the card and cover up the sewing - I used a red 4.25"x6" piece to line the card (this gave it a .25" white border on the inside- see picture below)
- Permanent adhesive
- Heart punch
- Scissors
- Sewing machine

Begin by punching (or cutting) out hearts from your paper- punch two of each design- I had 12 different patterns (my paper was double sided), and punched 2 of each. (*If you are cutting out hearts, you will need to decide how big they need to be depending on the size of your blank cardstock card.)

Arrange the hearts on the front of your card to your liking (I used a simple grid). These will be the "background" hearts and will be directly adhered onto the card. Adhere the "background" hearts with the permanent adhesive. Once you finish this step, you could even leave the card as-is like this and call it finished! :)

Next, take the matching heart, lay it on top of the already adhered "background" heart and sew a quick stitch and then a reverse stitch. Repeat with each heart.

Once that is complete, trim off the excess thread.

Now, take the liner sheet of cardstock and adhere it to the inside of the card. This will help keep the stitches in place and keep from unraveling, as well as cover up the stitching. I also rolled some extra adhesive over top of the stitches.

Now you have a lovely lined inside of your card with a nice .25" white border. Back to the front of the card-- gently fold up the top heart you just sewed down to create the 3-D effect.
Voilà! A cute 3-D Valentine card. Perfect to give to your significant other, or perfect to send to a loved one or family member! Just write a message, seal it in the envelope and you're done :)


  1. I've been looking for inspiration for this year's card. And I'm doing this one! Thank you for sharing it and for the tutorial. Mine might not turn out like this one though! Anyway, I'm definitely trying it!
    Thanks again! xx

  2. Oh my goodness, this is so cute!!
    I have always admired handmade cards but never thought I could do it...this has given me the inspiration to give cardmaking a go :)
    Thanks so much for sharing

  3. Great turorial! I love the look of the 3-D hearts!!! ~Val

  4. lovely and easy to achieve! Am going to give it a try...

    thanks for sharing this lovely idea! happy valentine's!

  5. I made mine this afternoon, loved them, hope those who receive them will too! thanks again!

    dunno how to post pix for you...otherwise would like to show them to you...

  6. I just love this card! Thank you for the tutorial, I think it's perfect for Mother's Day too :)

  7. Very lovely card! Nice colors! Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. I love your design - saw it on Pinterest. You have a beautiful site. Thank you!

  9. Так свежо! Спасибо за красоту))

  10. Отличная работа!

  11. I love it! I'm collecting ideas for cards with sewing techniques and this just made my list.

  12. I loved this! Featured it on my Friday Favorite’s post today, hope you don’t mind:)
    Check it out if you wish!

    <3 Leney

  13. love these 'flowery' hearts. so pretty.

  14. Thank you!
    tried to repeat your wonderful postcard
    my version here:

  15. Thankyou for sharing this one! I really love this card. Great!

  16. What a great idea! Wonderfull. thx for tutorial! greetz from Holland!

    Come and visit my blog:


  17. Can you tell me if you used cardstock or paper?

  18. It's a very very good idea not to hard to realised wich can be used with others pattern as flowers, eggs... Thank you very much!

  19. So lovely! I'm wondering if one can use glue instead? I wonder if it would hold it in place.

  20. I really like your creativity. I will use a hot glue gun instead of stitching. My husband will appreciate this more than a store bought card. Thank you.