Pop-Up Twirl Card
by Maren Benedict
Create a card with a twirling pop up surprise inside.
- Two 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card bases (heavy/thick cardstock works best)
- Two 1 1/4" x 2 1/4" strips of cardstock
- Two 2 1/2" x 2" strips of cardstock
- Scoring tool (optional)
- Small Hole Punch
- Skewer or skinny straight straw
- Adhesive (glue dots)
Score one card base at 4 1/4" and fold in half.
Mark the cardstock 3/8” from both ends.
Now make a mark 1” in from each of the 3/8” marks.
Draw a line across the base 1 3/4" from the edge.
This will be covered up and is only a guide to cut to.
Cut from each mark up to the guideline.
Fold the strips/tabs in as shown.
Shut the card to create creases.
Cut two small slits on the edges of each tab.
Fold the strips in to allow the skewer to slide through.
Trim the edges of the skewer to be slightly shorter than the card.
Punch a small hole approximately 3/4" in from both sides of the back of the card.
The holes should be slightly above the bottom tab.
Feed your string through one hole and adhere.
Wrap string around skewer at least a few times and feed it through the other hole.
Close card and adhere the second end of the string.
Practice opening and closing the card to see if you need to adjust the tension of the string.
The skewer should rotate when opening and closing the card.
Step 12 (Optional)
Score both 2 1/2" x 2" cardstock strips in half (at the 1" mark).
This will help keep the skewer in place.
Step 13 (Optional)
Embellish/stamp both 1 1/4" x 2 1/4" strips and attach to the front of the tabs.
Embellish and stamp one side of both 2 1/2" x 2" cardstock strips. These should be identical on both sides as they will be the spinning element.
Place one embellished strip underneath the skewer, decorated side down. Add adhesive to the outside edges of the strip, then adhere the second embellished strip to the first.
Adhere small buttons to the top and bottom of the skewer to prevent it from sliding.
Adhere to the inside of the second card base.
Decorate card front.
Your card is done.