Twisted Pop-Up Card

by Dina Kowal

Create a pop-up card that opens with a twisting element.


  • Cardstock
  • Coordinating paper
  • Strong adhesive (Tombow Mono Multi glue used here)
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (stylus, Impression Obsession DIE025 Mitten Die Set and CL606 Winter Silhouettes clear stamp set, white adhesive fun foam, Big Shot)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a card base, 4 1/4" x 11”.

    Score at 5 1/2" on the long side.

  2. Step 2

    Fold the cardstock into a top-fold A2 card. Decorate the card front as desired. (This can be done later but is easier to do at this time while the card base is flat.)

  3. NOTE:
    The inside panels can also be lined with paper at this time, however part of the panel will be covered by the pop-up mechanism. If you want more of this layer to show, wait until step 9 to line the inside of the card.

  4. Step 3

    Cut cardstock for the pop-up mechanism, 3” x 8”.

  5. Score down at the center of both sides – at 4” on the long side and 1 1/2" on the short side.

  6. Step 4

    Mark at 2 1/2" from each corner with a pencil, on the top and bottom edge of the cardstock.

  7. Score an X from mark to mark. The center of the X should match the center of the cardstock where the other score lines intersect.

  8. Step 5

    Burnish all score lines with a bone folder, folding both ways on each fold.

  9. Step 6

    Push the long center score lines toward each other until they meet. Fold the sides back. The center X should form triangles front and back, with the folded sections inside, folds together.

  10. The folded pop-up mechanism should look like this.

  11. Step 7

    Mark the center point on the fold of the card base, 2 1/8".

  12. Center and adhere one side of the pop-up mechanism, gluing only the triangular area. Close the card to be sure the point does not interfere with the fold.

  13. Step 8

    Add adhesive to the triangle facing upward, and close the card to adhere it into place.

  14. Allow the glue to dry, and test the pop-up mechanism by opening and closing the card.

  15. Step 9

    Cut two layering panels for the inside of the card, 4” x 5 1/4". Mark at 2” on the short side, and 2” down on each side. Cut from the side points up to the center point to shape panels that will fit inside the card and cover up the central part of the pop-up mechanism.

  16. Adhere the panels to the inside of the card.

  17. Step 10

    Cut cardstock for the focal piece, 3 3/4" x 11”.

    Score at 2 3/4" from each end on the back side, if the cardstock has an obvious front and back (print or texture).

  18. Flip the cardstock to the right side and score at 5 1/2".

  19. Step 11

    Fold the panel into a W shaped booklet and burnish the folds.

  20. Step 12

    Embellish the panels as desired.

    Each panel will accommodate an ATC sized panel, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2”.

  21. Step 13

    To assemble the card, center the booklet at the top of the open card, ends upward just inside the edge, with the back ‘page’ facing up.

  22. Step 14

    Apply adhesive to the pop-up mechanism as shown, above the fold on the right side, covering about 1” from the end.

  23. Close the card to apply the adhesive to the booklet. Allow the glue to dry before moving to the next step.

  24. Step 15

    Apply adhesive to the other side of the pop-up mechanism as shown, below the fold on the left side, covering about 1” from the end.

  25. Step 16

    Close the card, bringing the booklet to the card’s edge with the left side of the mechanism closed in on top of it.

  26. Press down to secure the adhesive and allow the project to dry completely.

  27. Step 17

    Complete the project.

  28. The card will fit in a standard A2 envelope. Depending on the thickness of the layers, it may need extra postage.



    For a notecard sized Twisted Pop-Up Card (3 1/2" x 5), follow the instructions above with the following changes:
    In Step 1, cut the card base to 3 1/2" x 10".
    In Step 9, cut the layering panels to 3 1/4" x 4 3/4". Mark at 1 5/8" for the diagonal cuts.
    In Step 10, cut the focal piece to 3" x 11".
    In Step 12, cut the layering panels to 2 1/2" x 2 3/4".

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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What a lovely tutorial Dina. I may well try this in the new year. It will be lovely on my charity cards.

Meanwhile, I'd like to wish everyone at Splitcoast
Stampers, and all members, A very Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.
Bridget Keenor  |  Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 5:36 AM
I absolutely LOVE to make these unique Twisted Pop Up cards--thank you for the wonderful video and tutorial, Dina.
Prissequito  |  Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 8:25 AM
Dina, I always LOVE your cards! These two are fantastic! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 9:20 AM
Merry Christmas Split Coast Stampers. Wonderful site ALWAYS
Claire Scott  |  Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 2:29 PM
So Cute! I have to try this!
Mary Poggemann  |  Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 8:14 PM
What an awesome tutorial...very easy to follow - or at least it will be AFTER Christmas when I get the chance to try it! Thanks so much for this. Merry Christmas Dina...and all my fellow SCS members! and Happy Hannakah to those who celebrate!
Joni Stoneking  |  Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 10:31 PM
WOW! AWESOME!! I can't wait to try this. My grandsons would love getting cards like this. Thank you for taking the time to put the fabulous tutorial together.
Pat Mayne-Schlachtun  |  Thu Dec 22, 2016 at 3:51 AM
So cool! I can't wait to try it for some birthday cards coming up soon! Thank you for taking the time to teach!
Mary Ellen  |  Thu Dec 22, 2016 at 10:50 AM
What a wonderful tutorial, Dina, and I loved the video and the step-outs above. Thanks for this great card's a new one to me, and it looks like something I could actually do! Thanks for all the time and creativity! Hugs, and wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas! xoxo
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Fri Dec 23, 2016 at 10:45 AM
great directions , thanks for sharing
carolyn  |  Fri Dec 23, 2016 at 6:37 PM
Excellent, clear, and to-the-point. I can't wait to try this! Thank you for putting this together.
Carol Wells  |  Sat Dec 24, 2016 at 10:55 AM
I want to try this very soon! Is there a download for it?
Charlene Baker  |  Mon Dec 26, 2016 at 2:56 PM
Oh dear, found the pdf; guess I am still tired from Christmas!
Charlene Baker  |  Mon Dec 26, 2016 at 3:01 PM
Thank you for the very clear & easy-to-follow steps. I've looked at several other tutorials for this card type & I could not figure out exactly how to make it come together. I was able to follow your tutorial with no issues.
Angela  |  Tue Dec 27, 2016 at 9:36 PM
Thank you Dina.

Are there measurements/calculations for making this card smaller? I would like to make some for Valentine's Day and think they would be cute if the base card was gift card size.
Angela McCulloch  |  Thu Dec 29, 2016 at 12:01 PM
Oh, Dina, what a fun card fold! I was a bit intimidated when I saw how it unfolded and "voila" what was inside. But your instructions and step-outs are great, and I always love your videos! Thanks for another great tutorial, sweet friend! Happy new year! xoxo
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Mon Jan 2, 2017 at 8:51 AM
3 1/2" square top fold pop and twist card:
card base 3 1/2" x7",
panel strip 1 1/2" x 6",
pop and twist mechanism 1 1/2" x 5".

One 8 1/2" x 11" sheet will yield two cards if you first cut a 1 1/2" strip length-wise and trim to two 5" lengths. Cut two card bases and two panel strips cross-wise from remaining CS.

Not the size I wanted, but still a nice small size.
Angela McCulloch  |  Thu Jan 5, 2017 at 12:38 PM
Dina....excellent tutorial! smile Thanks for sharing!
Susanne Gleason  |  Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 9:06 AM
Lovely! Looking forward to trying it.
Jan Hatt  |  Sat Jan 21, 2017 at 2:36 PM
Nice tutorial. I received one of these cards and it's good to see one actually being made. smile
Penelope Harris  |  Sat Feb 4, 2017 at 3:05 PM

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