Sunday, August 9

Tutorial - Twist & Pop Card

Twist and Pop cards are fabulous, interactive cards with a central panel that twists and pops outward to reveal a message, image or combination of embellishments that is sure to impress the lucky receiver.


1. Place the 11" x 41/4" piece of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 51/2". Fold along the score line to form  your card base.

2. Use some patterned paper and an assortment of embellishments to decorate the front of the card as desired. I used one of the images and sentiments from the new Make A Wish digital stamp set.

3. Place the 11" x 33/4" piece of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 23/4", 51/2" and 81/4". Fold along each of the score lines starting with a valley fold, then a mountain fold and then another valley fold.

4. Decorate your image panel as desired. This is the section of the card that "twists and pops" as the card is open so you will probably want to display your main message or image here.

5. To create the mechanism, place the 8" x 3" piece of card stock horizontally on the desk in front of you. Use a pencil and ruler to measure and mark 21/2" from either end of the card stock, on both the top and bottom edge. See the template above for correct placement.

6. Place the 8" x 3" piece of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 4".

7. Rotate the card stock so that it is now vertical on your score board. Score at 11/2" intersecting the first score line.

8. Now we're going to score between the pencil marks you made in step five. Start at the top, left hand mark and score down to the bottom, right hand mark. Now score from the bottom, left hand mark up to the top, right hand mark. The four score lines should intersect in the middle of the card stock. Refer to the template above.

9. Fold and burnish all score lines with a bone folder.

10. Use your index fingers to fold the long sections inward as shown in the photos below.

11. Use a bone folder to burnish all the folds.

12. Now we're ready to construct our twist and pop card. You should have an image panel, the inner mechanism and the card base.

13. Apply some glue to the triangle shaped area on the card mechanism. Lay a ruler along the centre of the card base to find the mid point and line up the mechanism, directly below the fold, making sure the card still closes easily. Apply the mechanism, glue side down, and allow to dry for a couple of minutes.

14. Apply more glue to the second triangle section, then close the card to adhere in place. Allow the card to dry for a few minutes to ensure the mechanism is securely attached.

15. Open the card. The mechanism should unfold and lay almost flat on top of the card. Place the image panel on top of the mechanism, matching the centre score lines and keeping the edges flush.

16. Fold the right hand panel over to reveal the mechanism. Use a pencil to mark the position of the image panel.

17. Repeat on the left hand side, so that you have two clear pencil lines on the mechanism.

18. Apply glue on the top, right hand section of the mechanism. Keep the glue between the pencil line and the edge of the card stock as seen in the photo below.

19. Move the image panel so that it's flush with the pencil line and centred over the mechanism (see below). Unfold the image panel and press against the glue. Allow to dry for a minute.

20. Apply glue on the bottom, left hand section of the mechanism, keeping the glue between the pencil line and the edge of the card stock as seen in the photo below.

21. Unfold the image panel and press against the glue. Allow to dry completely.

Your card is now complete!
(You may have to open and close the card a few times to limber up the mechanism)



Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful tutorial and beautiful card Beccy.

Leanne said...

Fabulous card & tutorial Beccy, thank you for sharing.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

A Great tutorial Beccy, I have just made one of these and the recipient was thrilled at something so different.
Faith x

Aimeslee Winans said...

THANK YOU! First tutorial I've seen on this particular fun-fold that I really understand. Now maybe I can make one. XOXOX

Jackie T said...

Great Tutorial Beccy. I love that design and those gorgeous images work so well with it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

terrie said...

Thanks for the tutorial and the card is lovely....tfs

Sandra H said...

So beautiful and creative card x

Renee B. said...

Thanks for the great tutorial Beccy! So easy to follow. I made one of these cards last year & it gave me a headache LOL

Teresa said...

Great card!

Nanasniftynitch said...

Oh my gosh! Thank you thank you thank you I’ve been want to make this one, now I can again thank you!

Unknown said...

I agree, I was beginning to think I was really dense. I couldn't figure it out until this tutorial!

Tammy said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial! The instructions are clear and precise--I can't wait to try this!

scrapan said...

I've watched multiple videos and this is the best yet on how to make this card. After messing up 3, I think I finally got it! Thanks so much!

flowerpower said...

Fab tutorial. Thanks so much.

flowerpower said...

Thanks. Great tutorial.

Annelies said...

Dank je voor de duidelijke uitleg!

Unknown said...

Thank you Beccy I'm so thrilled I made a card following your tuition and the result is fantastic. Took a little bit of maneuvering for the mechanism and panel but success in the end!

Von Price said...

Oh took me the second time trying to make this card!’but I DID IT!
And i love it.
Thank you so much.

Gail said...

Hi Beccy! I love your tutorials!
I am having a bit of trouble with this one!
My twist and pop panels stick out a bit on the left.
I am not clear, all me I'm sure, on the glueing of the panels to the mechanism.
Am I laying the image panel flat to glue?
Or making it so the edge of the image panel is even with the edge of the mechanism!?
And, am I lining it up even with the top of the mechanism?
Mine works, it's just a little wonky, and my panels stick out a tad!!
You always have clear instructions, I just can't get this one!!!

Beccy said...

Hi Gail,
This really is a tricky fold, especially attaching the panel to the mechanism. None of the edges actually line up as the mechanism is a lot smaller than the image panel.

If you look at step 20, you can see that the image panel (which is folded back) is actually taller and wider than the mechanism. You want to line up that folded edge with the pencil lines you made in steps 16 and 17, AND you also want to centre the height over the mechanism.
In step 20, all I need to do is lay the folded section down over that glue. It's in the correct place, which you can see won't line up with the edges, and just needs to be pressed flat.

You could try googling "twist and pop cards" to find a quick video tutorial so you can see how the mechanism is placed. That might make it a bit easier to understand.

Good luck Gail!