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!

Questions and Comments

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Loved trying this out! Great tutorial!
stampersuzz  |  Sat Feb 25, 2017 at 1:57 PM
Just finished yet another one of these delightful to give cards. They are SO much fun and turn out so well. LOVE the way you glue, and the design that covers the inside.
Prissequito  |  Thu May 11, 2017 at 4:32 PM
Awesome tutorial Dina, I love interactive cards, this can work for any occasion or season of the year.
Thank you for taking the time to do this tutorial.
Big hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria A. Rodriguez  |  Fri Jun 2, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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