Swing (Flip Flop) Card

by Beate Johns

Pull on the right side of the card. The inside part of the card will swing open to reveal your message.


  • 1 piece of 5 1/2" x 6 3/4" cardstock for the card base
  • 2 pieces of 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" cardstock for the first layer of the inside card
  • 2 pieces of 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" cardstock for the center message
  • Stamps
  • Paper cutter with scoring blade
  • Template (JPG, 24KB) Print this template as a guide to the scoring and cuts required in steps 1-3.


  1. Step 1

    Slide your 5 1/2" x 6 3/4" cardstock into the paper cutter horizontally.

    Line up the cardstock at the 2 3/4" mark, and score from 0" to 1 1/4" as well as from 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

    At the 4" mark, make another score identical to the first.

    Note: when the tutorial was originally published, we told you to make this last score at the 4 1/4" mark. The above instructions are now correct. Have fun!

  2. Your cardstock should look like this:

  3. Step 2

    Slide your cardstock into your paper cutter vertically. Line it up at the 4 1/4" mark.

    Cut from 1 1/4" to 2 3/4" to meet your score line.

    Lift your cutting blade, put it down on your second score and cut up to 5 1/2".

  4. Take your paper out and repeat this step on the opposite side (the right side of the scan is a bit cut off in the picture).

  5. Step 3

    Slide your cardstock into your paper cutter horizontally again. Line it up with the 5 1/2" mark.

    Cut from 1 1/4" to 4 1/4", connecting your two horizontal cuts.

    Turn your cardstock around and repeat this step on the opposite side.

  6. Step 4

    Take a 3" x 4" piece of scrap paper and cover up the inside part of your card.

  7. Step 5

    Stamp your background.

  8. Step 6

    Tape one of the 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" pieces of cardstock on to the swing part.

  9. Do the same to the backside of the card.

  10. Step 7

    Stamp the image you would like to have on the front of the card on one of the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces of cardstock. Now tape it to the center of the back of the card.

  11. Stamp your other 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of cardstock. Keep in mind that you might want to keep a little bit of space for a written message. Tape this to the front.

  12. Step 8

    Fold your first score (the score on the left of your card) to a mountain fold.

  13. Step 9

    Fold your second score (the score on the right) to a valley fold.

  14. Step 10

    Add embellishment as needed.

  15. Step 11

    The finished card!



    Re-size the swing
    Try changing the size and the shape of the inside of the swing card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Swing (Flip Flop) Card. 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.

Love this site. So helpful. So kind to share ideas & techniques. I'm so amazed.
Marge Kelly  |  Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 7:43 AM
Niki  |  Wed Jul 2, 2008 at 6:27 PM
I made these years ago, and they were really fun except for the cutting of the center piece, which I used a craft knife for.
Maybe I'll make some again! thanks.
stamps4funGin  |  Fri Aug 8, 2008 at 1:17 PM
I tried a variation of the swing card by cutting the whole middle part out and then adding a piece of invisible nylon thread in the middle with tape and sandwhiching it between two pieces of cardstock or two felt flurry snowflakes so that when it opens, it spins!
Karen  |  Mon Oct 6, 2008 at 11:21 PM
Sorry, I should have posted a link to the card I mentioned above. Here is the link: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1082671?cat=500&ppuser=38622
Karen  |  Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 9:13 AM
A friend told me about this website. I really love all the wonderful ideas and look forward to print out some of the techniques and share them with my cardmaking "teacher" and our group.
Thank you!
Dori Kruger  |  Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 5:06 PM
Thank you for sharing this. I can't wait to have a go at making one.
Clare  |  Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 6:56 AM
Going to give this a try for the first time . Just joined a stamp club and this will be my swap for Feb.
Pat  |  Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Is making the shaped card just as easy - (like a circle, a heart, diamond, etc.
Susan  |  Wed Feb 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM
Stumbled across this site by accident, thank goodness for accidents! thank you so much for sharing.
Margaret  |  Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Luv it! The template helps me Beate smile
Rosy Newlun  |  Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 8:49 PM
If you use a partial die cutting technique, you can get a shaped panel in the center that resembles many fancy new (and expensive!!) dies on the market. I recommend using a narrower center uncut section than used in the tutorial which allows more of your die cut panel to show. Looks very classy. I used Spellbinders labels 8. Just be careful as even with the most perfect plate placement, the die will cut slightly further (1/8") than where you put your plates so take this into account.
Rebecca Ednie  |  Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 5:22 AM
Do you have the measurements in cm? Trying to explain to a friend in Israel who doesn't have a die cutting machine (yet). Thank you, Jackie
Jackie Rosenfeld  |  Sun Sep 11, 2016 at 1:28 PM

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