Cut paper floral heart in reds and white framed on a white shadow box.

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Create an intricate cut paper layered heart with flowers for beautiful decor!

The detailed, perfectly-aligned cuts you can make with a Cricut or other cutting machine always amaze me! I wanted to show my love with an intricate cardstock design perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift. My free floral heart SVG is a great way to practice getting cleaner cuts and aligning layers for beautiful results. I’d love to see how you customize it with different cardstock, display ideas, or even lights!

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Cut paper floral heart in reds and white framed on a white shadow box.

Watch my complete step-by-step tutorials on cutting and assembling my heart with flowers:

Get the free SVG cut file for this project

While cutting machines are impressive, they can cut slightly differently due to the many variables in papercrafting. So, while these papers, supplies, and settings worked well for me and my Cricut Maker 3, it’s not your fault if you don’t get the exact same results!

You may need to experiment to adjust for your machine’s slight variations, your paper, even your room’s humidity can impact a cut! In testing, I found that some papers cut perfectly with the fine-point blade, while others surprisingly needed the deep-cut blade. Don’t worry, I have lots of ideas in my Tips for Cleaner Cuts guide!

Framed layered cardstock project in shades of red and white made using a Cricut and a floral heart SVG.

One of the most important tools for success is high-quality cardstock. Less expensive paper is made with shorter fibers, so it can rip instead of cut. Save yourself time, frustration, and even money (you’ll have fewer bad cuts) by investing in a few packs of good quality paper, like those in my material list.

And when you’re picking cardstock, remember that one of the easiest ways to change the look of a project is to switch up your color! While I love the original version in shades of red, the floral heart SVG also looks stunning in purples, yellows, or greens! Just cut your lower layers in six shades of another color, then either stick with white for the top layer or keep experimenting. Try it out in a loved one’s favorite color for a custom Valentine’s Day present!

Four framed versions of the cut floral heart SVG project in pastel shades of reds, purples, yellows, and greens.

When you’re ready to cut, start with a clean cutting mat and make sure the paper stays put! I used a green StandardGrip machine mat and a brayer to really stick the paper down. When you remove the cut layers. remember to bend the mat away from the cardstock, not the other way around, and use a spatula to gently lift the delicate areas. That will help keep them from tearing or curling.

Occassionally, a cut shape might not be complete. That’s ok! Just lay the paper on a self-healing mat (or a clean cutting board) and carefully complete the cut with a craft knife.

And before you add the next color of cardstock to the mat, remove ALL the tiny cutouts left behind. You cardstock needs to stay really still on the mat to ensure the cuts in each layer will line up. Any bit of paper between the two can make your blade jump or even tear the cardstock. I gently run a scraper or other flat tool (like an old gift card) over the mat after each cut, popping off the bits left behind. They make great confetti for shaker cards! If any pieces stay stuck in the design, your weeding tool can help poke them out without ripping the intricate layers.

Use a weeding tool to remove small pieces of cardstock that did not stay behind when removing the cut floral heart from the mat.

Since the floral heart SVG is so intricate, cut the design at its original size, at least for your first try. While we designed the heart with flowers to fit in a 12″ x 12″ shadow box for wall art, I do hope you’ll share other ways to use it! If you have a different display method in mind, measure it with a ruler to make sure the layers will fit. But, making it much smaller without altering the layers will lose a lot of detail and the depth in the original design. For that reason, this design won’t work well on a Cricut Joy. But, I do have other intricate designs for the smaller machine, like a layered cardinal!

When you’re ready to put the layers together, You can use good-quality craft glue (I’m a fan of Bearly Art Precision Craft glue!), adhesive foam spacers, or a combination of the two! Watch my video for assembly tips and take your time aligning each layer for the best results. It’s worth taking your time!

Ready to make beautiful layered paper art with my floral heart SVG? I’m super excited to show you how! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make a Paper Heart With Flowers

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How to Make a Layered Floral Heart SVG Decoration

White framed layered cardstock project in shades of red and white made using a Cricut and a floral heart SVG.

Floral Heart SVG

Yield: 1
Active Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Create a beautiful offset-layered Floral Heart that is perfect for display or gift giving.




First, download my Floral Heart SVG/PDF/DXF files from my free resource library. It's Design #470.

Each file includes all seven pieces that make this beautiful, layered design.

Upload the SVG to Design Space. To do so, click “Upload” on the bottom left of the menu next to your Canvas, then click “Upload Image.”

Tip: If you're not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you're on an iPhone or iPad, here's how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

To add the Floral Heart to your Canvas, select the image in the preview area, then select "Add to Canvas."

You can zoom out to see the design by clicking on the minus (-) sign on the lower left.


This is what my Floral Heart SVG file looks like when uploaded to Cricut Design Space.

The size of the Floral Heart shows as eleven point five by eight point seven three inches when imported into design space.

The design is set up to make one Floral Heart approximately 11.5” wide by 8.73” tall.

Before clicking “Make It,” be sure this size will fit inside your frame or in the space where you intend to display your finished Floral Heart.

Since I'm using a shadow box frame, I need to measure the space inside the frame to see how much room my Floral Heart will have.

Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure from inside one edge of the frame to inside the other edge.

Measure the size of the viewable space in the shadowbox before cutting the cardstock for the Floral Heart.

I do not recommend adjusting this design to a smaller size due to the intricate cuts required to produce the offset appearance inside the layers. If the design is too big for your chosen frame or display area, I recommend selecting a different frame or a different piece of art for your project.

If you decide to change the size, be sure to select all the layers and type in the new measurement for the width in the size box at the top of the Canvas while making sure the lock icon is closed.

Make sure the lock icon is closed and the entire image with all layers is selected prior to changing the size of the Floral Heart.

Once the Floral Heart is the right size, it is ready to cut!


Check that the right machine is listed in the top corner, then click "Make It!"

If you are prompted about how you will load your materials, select "On Mat" and 12" x 12". Then click the green Confirm button.

Your design will appear on seven different mats that are marked with the color of each layer.

Verify seven mats show on the prepare screen for the Floral Heart.

Make sure the correct Material Size is selected for each mat. This design is large so it needs 12” x 12” cardstock.

Make sure the material size is marked as twelve by twelve on the Prepare screen for each mat.

Leave “Mirror” turned off and click “Continue”

On the “Make” screen, select the cutting settings for each mat. Sometimes, papers of the same weight have different textures and need slightly different settings or tools. I used 80 lb cardstock to make my Floral Heart to give it more structure, but the white and colored, textured papers cut differently.

For the smooth white layer, I used “Medium Cardstock – 80 lb.” with “More Pressure" and a Fine-Point Blade.

Choose More Pressure when using the Fine Point Blade.

I did notice with the slightly textured cardstock that I used for the colored layers, the Fine-Point Blade tended to tear the material, rather than cut it.

The Deep-Point Blade cuts at a different angle than the Fine-Point Blade. This can make a difference when trying to cut thick or textured cardstock because of how the angle of the blade interacts with the fibers of the paper.

So, for the textured paper, I did not change the tool settings that are preselected with "Medium Cardstock - 80 lb" but I did switch the blade in the housing from the Fine-Point Blade to the Deep-Point Blade.

Switch to the Deep Point Blade in the Cricut if torn rather than cut cardstock is occurring with the Fine Point Blade.

I also changed the pressure to “Less Pressure” to accommodate the slightly different cutting angle.

Choose Less Pressure after switching to the Deep Cut Blade.

This combination of blade and settings provided a much smoother cut.

Every machine is different, so you may need to test settings before finding one that works correctly for you.

TIP: If you run into any issues cutting your materials, check out my Cricut Tips & Tricks for Cleaner Cuts.

Place the cardstock on your green StandardGrip mat and make sure it has adhered well by pressing it with your brayer.

Use a brayer to well adhere the cardstock to the cutting mat prior to cutting.

The mats will cut in layer order from light to dark as long as colors in the file have not been changed.

TIP: If you want more information on how Design Space orders cutting mats, read my article Cricut Mat Order: How Do I cut My Cricut In Order.

Load the mat into your Cricut and press the flashing button to begin.

Once the cutting is complete, and before unloading your mat, check to see if the cut went all the way through. If not, press Start for another pass.

Remove the cut pieces from the mat by turning the mat over and rolling it away from the cardstock. Move slowly and use a spatula to carefully remove the intricate cuts from the mat.

Use a spatula to carefully remove the intricate cut pieces from the cutting mat.

A weeding tool may be useful to poke out little pieces of cardstock that do not remain behind on the mat after the cut piece is removed.

Use a weeding tool to remove small pieces of cardstock that did not stay behind when removing the cut floral heart from the mat.

Continue to print, load, cut, and remove mats until all the pieces are cut.


The Floral Heart design consists of seven layers. Gather your cut pieces and foam adhesive. (Alternatively, you can use craft glue if you wish your complete Floral Heart to be less dimensional, but the steps will be the same - just substitute glue where I say foam adhesive!)

Gather all cut pieces and adhesive in the form of either foam adhesive squares or glue.

Stack the layers in the correct order from bottom up. The solid piece will be the bottom and each layer up will have more cuts. The top layer will be the most intricately cut piece.

To make sure the layers are ordered correctly, remove the top layer and look inside the center of the sunflower. You will be able to see six layers all moving in to the center.

Count six layers of cardstock to verify the layers are placed in the correct order.

Replace the top layer. Now you have seven layers all stacked and ready to adhere to each other.

Stack all the layers prior to adhering them to each other.

Flip the stack over so you can see the solid back.

Flip the stack of layers over so the bottom is showing.

To adhere the layers to each other, we'll flip one layer back over at time.

Start by placing the solid back layer directly on the table and right side up.

Flip the bottom layer over so that is right side up and ready to have layer six attached to the top.

Place the foam adhesive squares on the back of the sixth layer.

Add adhesive squares or glue to layer six.

Flip layer six right side up and press on to the top of layer seven. Look straight down onto the stack to align the edges of the layers. If you look at it from an angle, it is much more difficult to line them up correctly.

Place layer six on top of the bottom layer after adding the adhesive to layer six.

Continue with each layer in the same manner, always adding the adhesive to the back of the next layer up.

Add adhesive to the back of layer five.

Add adhesive squares or glue to layer five.

Flip and place layer five on top of layer six.

Apply layer five to layer six.

Add adhesive to the back of layer four.

Add adhesive squares or glue to layer four.

Flip and place layer four on top of layer five.

Apply the fourth layer to the fifth layer of the Floral Heart.

Add adhesive to the back of layer three.

Add adhesive squares or glue to layer three.

Flip and place layer three on top of layer four.

Apply layer three on to layer four after adding the adhesive.

Add adhesive to layer two.

Add adhesive squares or glue to layer two.

Flip and place layer two on top of layer three.

Place layer two on top of layer three for the Floral Heart.

For layer one, you will find it necessary to cut the adhesive foam squares using a craft knife and cutting mat or craft scissors to make very thin strips so the foam adhesive does not show.

Cut the adhesive squares into smaller sizes so they do not show around the cut areas when the layer is adhered to the layer below it.

Flip, align and place layer one on top of layer two.

Apply the top layer to the other layers of the Floral Heart already assembled.

The Floral Heart is now complete and ready to add to your frame or display. I placed my Floral Heart inside a shadow box, so I used the same adhesive foam squares and added them to the back of the heart.

Add adhesive to the back of the assembled floral heart.

Note: Be really generous with the adhesive to make sure the heart doesn’t slide around inside the frame after it hangs for a while!

Adhere the Floral Heart to the frame backer and place it inside the frame.

Adhere the assembled Floral Heart to the shadowbox frame backer.

And this is what my finished Floral Heart looks like framed.

The finished Floral Heart inside the shadowbox frame.

STEP 5: Show it Off

The Floral Heart is great for displaying and can make a wonderful gift. You can even add vinyl text to the glass to personalize it! (Check out this Paper Flower Shadow Box tutorial to see how.)

Framed layered cardstock project in shades of red and white made using a Cricut and a floral heart SVG.


Finished Size without Frame: 11.5" x 8.73"
Frame Size: 12" x 12"

Answers to Your Questions About Using My Floral Heart SVG

Q: What is layered paper?

A: Layered paper DIY projects can describe many different techniques. But for most of my designs, it refers to cutting design layers from cardstock with a cutting machine, then using adhesives to put them together in order to create a decoration.

Q: How do you make layered papercut art?

A: To make most of my layered paper designs, you’ll use Cricut Design Space to prepare the SVG to be cut with a Cricut before gluing the layers together. You can also use my files with other cutting machines and software.

Q: What is paper cutting art?

A: Paper cutting usually refers to intricate designs cut into paper to create decorative projects. Depending on the desired look, techniques, and materials, some artists cut the designs by hand and others use cutting machines.

Q: What if my shadow box frame is dirty?

A: Try cleaning the glass with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth.

Q: How do I keep my layers stuck together?

A: I used a combination of craft glue, and double-sided foam adhesive squares in different areas of my physical product. For the really delicate top layer, glue will probably be easiest.

Q: My cardstock keeps ripping on the intricate cuts. What can I do?

A: Be sure you’re using a clean and sticky machine mat, good-quality cardstock, and a clean blade. See my Cricut Cutting Problems post for all the tips I use to get clean cuts every time.

Q. Do I have to use a Cricut machine?

A: No! We always include several versions of each digital item in the ZIP file. If you have a Silhouette Cameo, which uses Silhouette Studio, you can use the DXF file in Silhouette Basic Edition. If you have upgraded to Silhouette Designer Edition, Designer Edition Plus, or Business, you can use the SVG format with your Silhouette machine. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can print and then cut out my digital download PDF files, too! The ZIP archive in my resource library includes these file types and more!

Q: What is an EPS file?

A: An Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file is an older format used in vector design. While some cutting machines use EPS files, we use Adobe Illustrator to design SVG, DXF, and PDF files for home crafters.

Q. Are your free SVGs just for personal use or do you offer a commercial license?

A: Yes, you can sell the physical item you make using these floral heart SVG files, we only ask that you give credit to for the original designs and do not sell the digital files. If you use them, please share photos with us! We love supporting small businesses!

Q: Can I make this with a Cricut Joy?

A: No, unfortunately the floral heart SVG is too intricate to cut well after it’s been shrunk to fit on a Joy mat.

Get my free download of the Floral Heart SVG cut file here:

If you make a layered heart with flowers using my free SVG file, I’d love to see them! Please share your results in my Cricut Crafters & Makers Facebook group where you’ll find hundreds of thousands of crafters like you, sharing their tips, projects, and inspiration.


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