DIY Valentine 2020

It’s the beginning of February, and time for the annual Byopia Press DIY Valentine. This year’s design began with a heavily photoshopped version of a lipstick-ey kiss.

The card uses an interesting mechanism that I saw on the Internet last year. I have no idea who designed it, so if this mechanism is your invention, please let me know so I can give proper credit. (Update: see end of post.)

Download DIY Valentine 2020 and print it on card stock. (I used 176gsm/65# weight.) The file should print properly on either A4 or 8.5 x 11″. Your print out should look like this.

Score between the red guides. I have indicated the scoring lines in green on the image below. The pointy finger indicates one of the scoring guides.

Cut out your card, cutting just inside the black line around the outer edge and just outside the outline of the oval. Your card will look like this:

With the printed side face down, fold the wide section with the oval cutout up along the score line.

Flip the card over sideways, and fold the sides of the wide section over the top layer.

Open the flaps you just created, lift up the long section, then re-close the flaps.

Fold the top end down so that your card looks like the image on the left below. Gently flex the remaining fold —on the back, and shown on the right below— so that it moves easily. Do not make a hard crease.

Insert the long end between the card front and the flaps. If your long end is too tight a fit, you can trim a tiny bit off each side so that it slides more easily.

Your card is complete and ready to operate.

Follow the instructions at the upper edge of the card.

The card is small enough to be tucked into a larger Valentine’s Gift —a box of chocolates perhaps, and has a blank back on which to write a personal message.


There’s a good chance that I saw the mechanism for this Valentine on Instagram. (There is a video of it in operation.)

Emily Martin says the basic free-standing slider was pre-existing, but that she added flaps to it when she designed her puppet business card.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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