Spinning Princess Pop-Up

by Cathy Andronicou

This pop-up card stands and twirls like a music box ballerina.


  • Cardstock suitable for markers (Bee Paper used here)
  • Cardstock for base and frame (black cardstock and Gold Miri Card used here)
  • Shape die for base and frame (Spellbinders Grand Nesting Ovals used here)
  • Die for spinner element (Tattered Lace Bella Die used here)
  • Markers or other coloring medium to color die cut (used here: Chameleon Color Tone Pens, Purple Grape PR4, Crimson Red RD4, Bisque NU1, Bark BR5)
  • Beads (2)
  • Wire
  • Hole punch
  • Craft knife and ruler
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive (Red Liner tape and Stick It used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Penny Black Flourish and Envision Dies used here)


  1. Step 1

    Die cut 2 identical images for the spinner element. Color the first die cut image, then repeat the coloring on the reverse side of the other die cut.

  2. TIP:
    Create a template from scrap dark cardstock that will hold the die cut in place for coloring. In the sample, the image was cut from black cardstock and discarded. The image to be colored was replaced into the opening. It fits like a puzzle piece, keeping the die cut in place. This is especially helpful for coloring intricate dies.

  3. Step 2 (Optional)

    Sample is colored using Chameleon Pens. For the dress, the Purple Grape Pen was placed on the mixing chamber on the brush nib end and infused for 15 seconds. Starting at the bottom of dress, coloring was done in sections working up towards the top. The process was repeated using Crimson Red.

  4. The Bisque pen (brush nib) was infused for 5 seconds to color the arms, neck and face. To add dimension, shading was added to the bottom of the arms, under the chin and around the edges of the face. The Bark pen (bullet nib) was infused for 5 seconds to color the hair using the lightest shade, adding darker strokes to give variation in hair color.

  5. Step 3

    Cut a strip of cardstock for the base, measuring 10" x 3 3/4".

    Score at 1", 2 1/2", 3 1/2", 6 1/2", 7 1/2" and 9". Fold along each of the score lines.

  6. Step 4

    At the center of the middle panel (5"), measure and mark in 1" from each edge. Cut a 1 3/4" slit between the points using a craft knife.

  7. Add double sided tape to both ends of the base.

  8. Step 5

    Cut a piece of sturdy cardstock to 1 3/4" x 1 5/8" and punch a hole 3/8" down (the hole needs to be large enough to allow the bead to spin freely).

  9. Slide the punched piece through the slit in the base with the hole up, and fold up the ends of the black strip to adhere the card into place and form the card base.

  10. Step 6

    Die cut two identical frames and one solid shape. (Sample is cut using Spellbinders Grand Ovals 6 1/4" x 4 3/4" and 5 5/8" x 4 1/4").

    Align 2 nesting shape dies and secure them with tape to cut the frames. The solid shape will be cut by the inner die.

  11. Step 7

    Cut a slit in the center of the solid shape that measures 1 3/4" wide.

  12. Step 8

    Place the oval on top of the black base, sliding the punched strip of cardstock up through the slit.

  13. Step 9

    Add die cut flourishes or other embellishments to be sandwiched between the frame pieces, if desired.

    Take a piece of wire 7" long and add a bead to each end, turning the wire ends with pliers to secure. With the beads to the outside of the frame, center the wire vertically on the oval frame then glue the second oval over the top, leaving the bottom of the frame open and both ends of the wire free.

  14. Attach the oval frame to the strip of gold card in the base, making sure the bead sits in the punched-out section of the strip.

  15. Step 10

    Attach the die cut images to either side of the wire, making sure both sides line up. Die cut a sentiment and attach to the base of the card to finish.

  16. Step 11

    Finish the project. Card folds flat and can be mailed in a large envelope.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Spinning Princess Pop-Up. 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.

Thank you for sharing this lovely card! I don't understand what you mean by creating a "template" from scrap black card stock. Did you cut the princess from the black and back it with white card stock? How did you get the white princess die cut to adhere to the black and white "template"? Thank you in advance.
Karlene Frances  |  Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 6:36 AM
This is amaaaaaaaazing!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 6:58 AM
Karlene, I'm sorry that step isn't clear. I'll update it when we get our site issues figured out.

The princess was cut from the black cardstock, and discarded. The white princess that is to be colored is placed in the opening that's left. The template holds the cut in place, which makes it easier to color all the intricate details.
dina  |  Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 7:49 AM
Good heavens. She is stunning!!! I, too, was wondering about the template. I can see how that would definitely hold her in place while you colored her.
kab  |  Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM
What a beauty! And the tutorial is excellent!
muscrat  |  Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM
This is wonderful! I love this tutorial!!!
VikiB  |  Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 10:47 PM
that is beautiful where can you buy those princess die.
Lee Gysberts  |  Wed Jun 10, 2015 at 10:49 PM
Just stunning!
Jukie  |  Fri Jun 12, 2015 at 11:37 AM
You did a wonderful job and thank you for sharing your gorgeous tutorial with us. You did a wonderful job!
Patricia St Martin  |  Fri Jun 12, 2015 at 6:12 PM
This is beautiful. I think it's clever how you laid the intricate die inside of the black die base in order to color. My favorite part is how you did the swirls extending from the middle of the sandwiched ovals. Masterfully executed, beautiful princess card.
Lela Meinke  |  Mon Jun 15, 2015 at 7:58 AM
Lee the Tattered Lace dies are by an English company here is the link to their site, I am sure they can tell you if there is a stockist close to you http://www.tatteredlace.co.uk
Cathy Andronicou  |  Mon Jun 15, 2015 at 2:41 PM
Did you figure this out yourself? It is so very clever!!! Congratulations on a beautiful card. smile
Kay Zink  |  Mon Jun 15, 2015 at 7:13 PM

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