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Twisted Popup Holiday Photo Card

Twisted Popup Card

Twisted Popup Card

Hi All!

Every year I create a special card to send out to my friends and family – I usually try to create some kind of interactive card or interesting fold. I received a twisted popup card for the foster kids earlier this year and thought it would make a great photo card!

I used the Night in Bethlehem stamp and die bundle from Stampin’ Up!. I love the cityscape dies that come with it. And, I totally love the sentiment:

Twisted Popup Card

This type of card is not new – I have no idea who the original creator was. I wish I did because that person deserves the credit for something so creative! There are lots of online tutorials on how to make this card. I modified the measurements a little to make the popup fit a little better inside the card. So, my measurements are down to the 1/16″ – you know how I am about being exacto. 🙂

Here are all the pieces and measurements:
Twisted Popup Card

I will be making this card in assembly-line format, so hopefully it won’t take too long to make 30 of them. Wish me luck, lol!

Happy Holidays everyone!



Night in Bethlehem
Night in Bethlehem
Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet
Distress Oxide – Wilted Violet
Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry
Distress Oxide – Picked Raspberry
Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber
Distress Oxide – Fossilized Amber
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
Stampin' Up! Night of Navy Cardstock
Night of Navy Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock
Smoky Slate Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight Cardstock
Daffodil Delight Cardstock
T-Square Ruler
T-Square Ruler
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Trimmer
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 6:40 am


    Golly gosh … what a complicated card, Darlene, and to think that you’re going to make 30 of them. Unbelievable! I’d never tackle such a big project but admire you for doing so. I really think it is so striking and will definitely be a standout card for all those who receive it. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It really makes me aware that time is ticking by and I must get started putting my Christmas cards together. I have them all ready for assembly but just have got sidetracked over the past few weeks.

  2. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 8:34 am


    Gorgeous card with a beautiful family! I enjoy seeing your family Christmas card each year.

  3. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 1:35 pm


    Wow, great directions and a beautiful card

  4. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 2:47 pm


    Good golly miss Molly!!!!! or should I say Miss Darlene!!!!! This is AMAZING, what a gorgeous family, your girls are so beautiful, my dear, just sweet and beautiful.
    And you are making 30 or this???!! WOW!! you are definitely super organized, I imagine you are doing all of it like in an assembly line?
    Awesome project Darlene, I bet who ever receives a card like this will TREASURE IT FOR EVER.
    Big hugs to all of you.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  5. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 3:33 pm


    Lovely card Darlene & your girls are just BEAUTIFUL and their growing up soooo fast. All I can say is you have a lot of patience to make 30 of what looks very complicated to me. You are so talented. I love watching you make all of these gorgeous cards. Keep it up!!

  6. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 3:33 pm


    I made this type of card once before, but cannot even imagine making THIRTY of them!!! Thank you for the tip on shortening the white panel by 1/4″. It does make a difference. I don’t remember having that issue with the one I made, but maybe I just got lucky. Anyway, I love the colors you used, and the navy really makes everything pop! Good luck with your mass production! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  7. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Carol Mac

    Wow…cool card! I have a special someone in mind that I will make this card for…my Dad. He is in a nursing home now and I know he would love to open and close this card! I will just have to add a picture of my husband and I and our kids…fur babies that is!! Perfect! 😎

  8. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Brenda L.

    Love how you made this your family card for this year Darlene! This type of card is great for photos. Love the stamp set you used as well. Hugs, Brenda

  9. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 6:50 pm


    Outstanding! Such a beautiful card to showcase such a beautiful family. Can’t imagine making 30 – LOL!! You have inspired me as always. Thanks!!

  10. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 9:07 pm


    Such a pretty card it’s made me smile and feel happy, despite being in bed with high fevers. All I can say is do one thing in total like all the cutting while you have the dies out then move onto the next step. I find if I’m making multiples of one design it goes fast that way.
    Great to see your. lovely family.

  11. wrote on October 18th, 2017 at 11:06 pm


    Great card Darlene. I remember going to a class years ago to learn folding cards and this one was included. I have never made one though. I don’t think I have the patience for making them.

  12. wrote on October 19th, 2017 at 12:39 pm


    Darlene this card is just gorgeous. You blow me away with your talent! Thanks for sharing your beautiful family.

  13. wrote on October 19th, 2017 at 12:42 pm


    Darlene this card is gorgeous. You Blow me away with your talent. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family.

  14. wrote on November 6th, 2017 at 7:32 am


    Gosh!!! This is AMAZING!
    So very clever and utterly gorgeous, Darlene
    You are such a clever lady and I love your card!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely family too!

  15. wrote on January 4th, 2018 at 9:59 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    Thank you for taking the time to figure out the measurements for this card. I’m so inspired by all your ideas that I’m going to attempt this one for our Chinese New Year card. Luckily I’m home on maternity leave , so I actually have the time to make them! Hope you are having an awesome New Year!

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