Circle Spinner

by Betty Traciak

Add a fun spinning element to your card front.


  • Cardstock and/or Double-sided paper (Stampin' Up!® Dapper Denim and Whisper White cardstock and Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper used here)
  • Nesting circle dies (SU Circle Framelits used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Post-it Notes
  • Adhesive Foam Dots and Strips
  • Adhesive
  • Two pennies
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin' Up! products used here: Pretty Kitty and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets; Basic Black Archival Ink, Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi Classic Ink; Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers; Thick Baker’s Twine


  1. Step 1

    Find two circle dies that measure approximately 3/8" from cutting edge to cutting edge when nested together.

  2. Step 2

    Arrange the two dies on piece of cardstock cut 1/4” smaller than the chosen card front. Secure in place with Post-It Notes. Run through a die cutting machine to cut.

  3. Step 3 (Optional)

    Stamp as desired.

  4. Step 4

    Sandwich an adhesive foam dot between two pennies.

  5. Step 5

    Apply adhesive foam strips to the backs of the cut cardstock pieces, making sure to leave space near the edges for the pennies to spin.

  6. Step 6

    Adhere a contrasting piece of paper cut smaller than the card front. Then adhere the top popped-up layer to the card base.

  7. Step 7

    Slip the penny over the edge of the outer circle. Center and adhere the inner circle to the card front.

  8. Step 8

    Finish by adhering a stamped image or embellishment to the penny.



  1. Try using other shapes for the spinner 'track'.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Circle Spinner. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Great tutorial Betty! I am going to try this technique! Thanks for sharing--very clever and fun!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 6:19 AM
Wow! I am doing this with my next stamp group gathering. This is so cute, so fun, and your directions made it so clear. Thank you!
Nicole Steele  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 6:36 AM
Can't wait to get started! Just designing it in my head for now! I've learned to plan before I cut!
muscrat  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 7:45 AM
I must go right now and try making one. These are just delightful!
Beth  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 7:53 AM
thanks Betty for the great tutorial, it's given me lots of inspiration of how to use for those special christmas cards I'll be needing to make
JBee  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 8:16 AM
I Love this technique. How did you make the pinwheel?
Jeanette Bradshaw  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM
I have at LEAST 5 of these laying on my craft table, I just can't seem to get them to work, the pennies or the dimensional's won't freely ride along the track. You made this look so easy, I'm going to try it again tonight and pause for each step and do it along with you. Thank you for sharing! I WANT these type of cards to work so MUCH because I think interactive cards are the, I'll try it again. xoxo
MELANIE FISHER  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 11:17 AM
This is so cool! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the great tutorial.
Wanda Radler  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 12:27 PM
If your spinner is not moving freely there are a couple of things it could be.

The adhesive that elevates the cardstock layers needs to be taller than the penny. The adhesive strips that I used (made by Stampin' Up) are about twice the thickness of a Stampin' Dimensional. I have made spinner cards in the past by stacking two Dimensionals on top of each other. Also the adhesive dot in between the pennies should be fairly thin (like a dimensional).

If you are using Dimensionals trim the points off. I found a 1/4" round dot worked really well so you could cut more than just the points and see if that helps.

Let me know how it goes!
Betty Traciak  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 1:28 PM
Hi Jeanette,
The pinwheel is a stamp from the Crazy About You set by Stampin' Up. I used markers to ink the sections of the stamp. After stamping I punched it with the now retired Scallop Circle Punch.
Betty Traciak  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 1:36 PM
Betty, thank you SO much for a wonderful tutorial! I love the very clear and easy step-by-step video and the great photo step-outs! Wow, I think I could and would even be able to make one of these, and they are so adorable! I love the little yarn and the butterfly as they moved around the circles! Thank you for your time and creativity! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 2:53 PM
Hi Betty, thanks for a great tutorial, love these cards but I need just a little help please. I have no idea what the measurement of the "penny" is because I am in Australia. Could you please tell me in the hope that our 1 cent piece is a similar size. Many thanks.
Rob Keogh  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 7:53 PM
Rob, I looked up the official size of a penny-- 0.75 inches (19.05 mm) in diameter and 0.0598 inches (1.52 mm) in thickness.

Buttons also will work. I used a 5/8" diameter (15mm) button for the flower card. I have used both plastic and metal buttons. Metal ones work especially nice because of the weight.
Betty Traciak  |  Wed Aug 10, 2016 at 8:49 PM
Love your tutorial!! VERY easy to follow!! Thanks so much Betty, wonderful job!!
Lindsay A  |  Thu Aug 11, 2016 at 10:47 AM
Oh my gosh!!! this cards are amazing, love all of the ones you showed!!
Thank you for your fantastic video tutorial, I have these dies and I will most definitely be making this cards.
I adore the one with the little kitty and the ball of yarn, how adorable is that?!!!!
Big Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria A. Rodriguez  |  Fri Aug 12, 2016 at 5:21 AM
Great card!! Unfortunately, Australia no longer has a
1cent coin which would probably be most like your penny. Maybe I could use a 5cent coin. Thank you very much for an easy to understand tutorial.
Pam Shield  |  Thu Sep 15, 2016 at 11:48 PM
What a sweet and clever idea!
jheyer  |  Wed Sep 9, 2020 at 10:15 AM

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