Learn how to make this beautiful spinning heart card with your Cricut!
I’m always looking for a card with a little flare and I loved the idea of a spinning element. When you open this card, the heart spins. The recipient of this card will certainly be delighted. And the fact that you made it yourself, will mean even more to them. The card I made for this was a Mother’s Day Card, but you could customize this for any occasion.
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Materials needed for your spinning heart card
Cricut Products I used in this project
Here are the steps to make this lovely spinning heart card. If you’d prefer to watch the video, click here.
Prepare the Cut Files
Download the cut files by filling out the form below.
Upload the spinning heart card and stickers into a new project on Cricut Design Space. When you are uploading the butterfly and flower stickers, choose the complex option and upload it as a print and cut file, not a cut only cut file.
Ungroup the file. Change the score lines from cut to score in the linetype dropdown menu.
Choose the curved text and sentiment that you would like to use. Change the font from cut to draw in the linetype dropdown menu.
A note about writing with the Cricut: For this project, I used the 0.4 tipped black Cricut pen. My font is just the right size, that with this pen, the words are not hollow. If the font was any bigger, the letters would be hollow and I’d have to color them in. And if I used a bigger tipped pen with the font at this size, I would have lost the middle of the “o”, “a”, and “e”. I suggest experimenting on scratch paper to find the right size font and pen to use to get the effect you are looking for if you are going to change the font and pen type.
Attach the following layers together: the card, score lines, and the curved text of your choosing; the circle and sentiment of your choosing.
Adjust the size of the stickers to fit on the card to your liking. Mine were about 1″ tall.
Note about printing stickers: I tried to get the most out of my sticker paper as I could. I used the one sheet of sticker paper three times so that I could be as efficient as possible. The second time I used this sheet, I just turned it around so it would print on the other side. The third time I used it, I cut off one side that was already used so it would have a fresh section fed into the printer and would print at the top, and it worked. This might not work with all printers, but it’s one method that you could try out.
Assemble Spinning Heart Card
Step 1. Cut out all your pieces
Step 2. Fold the card
Fold the card on the score lines. The score line on the right will be an inner fold, and the score line on the left that goes through the circle is an outer fold.
Step 3. Glue the elements
Then use your glue or spray adhesive on the back of the circle and apply it to the card. I fold the card closed to make it easier to center the circle when I’m putting it in place.
Next, cut a piece of thread a little longer than the height of your card. Tape the thread into the fold of the card that is in the middle of the circle. Make sure the thread is taught. If it’s too loose, the heart won’t spin.
Place glue or spray adhesive on the backs of your hearts that are going to be glued together. Place the first heart with the adhesive facing up, behind the string. Then place the second heart on top, while sandwiching the thread in between.
Step 6. Place the Stickers
Now place the stickers anywhere you like, and you are done!
Step 7. Wind up the heart
To get your heart to spin as you open the card, you need to wind up the heart by spinning it quite a few times before you close the card. Then when you open it, the heart will spin. When you are winding the heart, don’t wind it too tight because it will start to pull the string out of the tape, which will make the thread loose, and it won’t spin nicely. You can see this in action in my tutorial video.