Craftwork Cards Blog

Let’s all do the Twist and Pop!

Samantha Harrison here and this is my very first blog post after being hounded to death by Jennifer Kray- only kidding. It’s great to be here with you today. I love kinetic cards so when I saw these pop up cards doing the rounds I knew I had to try one and couldn’t believe how easy it was!

Your outer card could be any size but mine is the length of an A4 sheet of card scored down the centre. This is the main body of your card.

Take another piece of card that measures 10” X 3½” and score at 2½”, 5” and 7½”, this is where the detail will go in the middle of your card and should look like a ‘W’ when folded.

Take a third piece of card measuring 8” X 3½” and score this length ways at 1¾”.


Make a pencil mark at 2¼” on all 4 sides.


Score a cross joining these points.


Fold the long line into a mountain fold and the cross lines into valley folds and burnish well.


Then fold to form this shape (see pic below); this will become the mechanics of your card.


Attach red liner tape to both pointed ends.


Find the centre of your outer card and line the point up just under the crease and stick down, take the red tape off the top and close the card to adhere it to the outer card.


Now take your ‘W’ shaped card, find the centre of your mechanism, make your ‘W’ shaped card look like a gatefold card and place centrally onto the mechanism, draw a line down to the centre line and draw a cross in this box then do the same at the bottom left, (this all sounds very complicated but hopefully the photo will make sense of it all!!!).


then put tape on these 2 squares up to the line. Now attach your ‘W’ piece of card by finding the centre and folding the flaps out, close the card (it may need a bit of a wiggle the first time) and that’s the hard work done/


Now onto the fun bit of decorating it and revelling in the “WOW’S” you’ll get when the recipient opens your card. I used bits of Craftwork Cards Frozen Forest I had left, to decorate and was pleasantly surprised that the panels fitted perfectly on the inside (as does a gift card!!!)


And the view once it’s all folded, ready to be given to the unsuspecting recipient!


I hope you’ve liked my very first blog and I will be back next month with an MDF project.


Sam xBlog-DesignTeam-Profile-Sam



  1. Sue Smith

    26th October 2016 - 6:11 pm

    Well done Sam, good to get your first blog up and running! xXx

  2. Jennifer Kray

    26th October 2016 - 8:26 pm

    Hi Sam – thank you for the tutorial. I shall have to try this style of card soon! <3 x

  3. Brenda L

    30th October 2016 - 10:31 pm

    Your instructions were so easy to follow. I created the card, but started with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock and it still worked out brilliantly. Thanks for the clear instructions!

  4. Angel

    6th November 2016 - 8:29 pm

    Lovely card!

  5. Amanda

    24th December 2016 - 12:29 am

    Lovely clear step by step tutorial Samantha. Love the cards I have already made starting with a 11 x 5 1/2″ piece of card (scored at 5 1/2″) to make a 5 1/2″ square outer card blank. Thank you so much. And Merry Christmas!

  6. Leeanne

    23rd February 2017 - 11:45 pm

    Fantastic ! Just made it , it’s time for bed now . I will decorate tomorrow. Thank you was nice and easy to follow. Leeanne

  7. Sharon Perehudoff

    25th April 2017 - 3:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing on making the Twist and Pop card.. Will be giving this a try for share, awesome card.

  8. Bhavani

    3rd May 2017 - 7:00 pm

    Easy to follow instructions and made it in my second attempt.
    Thank you so much

  9. Babs

    13th August 2017 - 11:32 pm

    Made one yesterday an going to prep some more for family Christmas cards. Thanks for tutorial

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