Twirly Card

Hey There!

In case you didn’t see it at the time and also to include the files into my archives, I am sharing a project I previously posted on the KNK design Team blog.

I have a Twirly Card to share today, I have seen them referred to as a Pop-Up Twirly Card but essentially the motion of opening and closing the card causes a skewer on the inside of the card to twirl, this allows you to attach an element to the skewer which will also twirl. This style of card can look complicated but worry not, I have made a Cut File (at the end of the post) which may tempt you to give it a go :)

The picture below shows all of the materials you will need for the card base, you will need:

1 copy of the Twirly Card Cut File cut just smaller than A4 / letter size with your chosen KNK machine, I cut mine with Make the Cut and my Zing.
1 sheet of A4 / letter size Card
Strong adhesive tape
Twine or similar thread
1 Skewer


Starting with the cut file piece, fold along your dashed lines ensuring that your tabs fold inward, it should look like the picture below:


Feed the skewer through the space for it at the end of the tabs then wind some twine around your skewer a few times. Thread the twine through the holes in the card and attach to the back with some strong tape ensuring that your skewer twirls when your card opens and closes. You may find that the twine won’t let you open the card fully, this is fine as long as there is lots of spin:


Cover all of the edges of your card with glue or tape, you can also see here where I attached the twine:


Glue/tape your card base mechanism onto your folded A4 / letter sized piece of card, one side at a time. The outer layer of card is slightly larger which allows us to trim away the surplus with scissors and have a neat and tidy edge.


To prevent the skewer from slipping through the tabs I used a small strip of adhesive tape on the skewer ends then wrapped some of my twine around it and liberally coated it with some glossy accents and allowed it to harden. You can repeat the process if needed to form a larger stopper.


Your card base and mechanism is now finished and you can decorate your card. I cut some tall letters for the front of my card and popped them up with some 3d foam pads.


You can now add an image or sentiment to the skewer inside of your card, experiment with the size to ensure that it will twirl freely before you attach it permanently. For the best results use 2 copies of your twirly element and sandwich the skewer between them.

As mine is a Birthday Card for my Dad, I layered my letters in different shades of shimmery blue card stock, I hope it will catch the light when he opens the card and it twirls. The letters are also included as a cut file at the end of the post.



Here are your Free Cut Files – Formats: ai, dxf, gsd, mtc, pdf, studio & svg:
(click on the link below the image to download)


Twirly Card Digital Cutting File by Bird


DAD Digital Cutting File by Bird


14 thoughts on “Twirly Card

  1. Jana

    Hi Bird,
    I just wanted to take the time to tell you thank you so much for all of the wonderful cards and files that you provide so generously at no cost! I have loved collecting them to the point that I am in dire need of organizing them :) You are so kind in sharing your talents. If no one tells you often, you are wonderful and I thank you. I cut most of your cards for my mother to send to her friends and Sunday School members. Again, thank you tons!

  2. Myrna

    What would we do without you? Your generosity to us is wonderful and thank you so much for all the great files.
    This one looks like it might be fun to try.

  3. Elizabeth

    Hi, I too would like to thank you for all you share.
    It’s so kind of you.
    I have a question for you.
    Could you please tell me if there is much difference between the Silhouette Cameo Designer Edition software and the Make The Cut software?
    I have the Cameo, with designer edition, and just wondered.
    Thanks again.

  4. Trisha

    Oh, Thank you!! This looks like so much fun to make and to receive. We have a family birthday coming up soon, and this will be great for that!! Thanks for sharing this and so many wonderful creations.

  5. Marie

    Thank you for all the lovely cards that you share so generously and regularly. And for the very clear instructions on this one.

  6. Mary Smith

    Hello generous lady! I am impressed with all the wonderful ideas and ‘free’ items you post. My problem is that I do not know how to use them. I’ve always used wood mounted stamps or those that cling to acrylic blocks. How do I use the fancy cuts or images you post. (Incidentally, my use of stamps has always been, and continues to be, making greeting cards.) Can you please explain to me how I use your generous images, fancy cuts, and ideas and put them into use on my greeting cards? I am totally at a loss. Many,many thanks for taking the time to reply to my quandry. In harmony and in His service, Mary

    1. Bird Post author

      Basically, Cut Files are cut with personal electronic cutting machines such as a Silhouette Cameo/Portait or a Zing etc. Digital Stamps are printed at the size of your choosing and coloured with your pencils/markers etc :)

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