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Posted by on Nov 16, 2010 in Cardmaking 201, Tutorial | 10 comments

Tutorial – Spinner Card

If you participated in this weekend’s blog hop, you’ve already seen this card – a spinner card – on my hop post. As promised, here’s the how-to make it.

You’re going to make 3 parts of the card – a base, a raised platform with a slot in it, and the part that spins. In my examples, the raised platform is just a strip across the card, but I’ve seen spinner cards where the raised portion is the size of the entire front of the card.

The big secret to this card is the “sandwich” behind the piece that spins. It’s made with two pennies and something round to separate them. The first time I used a round pop dot; this time I used a small button adhered to the center of both pennies and then to the back of the heart. If you do use a button, pick one that is as flat as possible and thinner than the pop dots you will use to raise the platform.

My platform is one inch wide and as long as the card front itself. Draw a line the length of the channel you are making for the spinner. Remember to leave enough room to allow for your pop dots/dimensional adhesives on each end.

This Stampin Up Word Window punch is perfect for punching out the channel. If you don’t have this punch, just use a circle punch at each end of your line and a paper cutter to make the channel between them as illustrated below (scroll down to the red/white/blue card to see an example of a card made this way).

Prepare your card base. Notice I have included a sentiment strip that will show through the channel as the heart spins.

Then, using your pop dots, just place the platform on the base. Here’s a video of our sample card in action.

Valentine Spinner Card from Kate Mrdja on Vimeo.

Here’s another spinner card I made for OWH. Coincidentally, this card was also made for a blog hop.

Opie wanted to help with the tutorial so here’s a look at how that went.

Opie Loves You! from Kate Mrdja on Vimeo.

If you missed the hop, please take a minute to visit my post and answer the poll about our S&S Tuesday Tutorials. We’d love to hear what you have to say. Also, remember you can always write me at


  1. Thanks for the great tutorial! Now I can spend the rest of my time at work thinking about which stamp I want to try this with when I get home! šŸ™‚

  2. Spinner cards are so much fun šŸ™‚ The best part about this tutorial is the kitty playing with the card. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have tried this and tried it again. I can't get it, but I'm not giving up yet! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  4. Thank you for sharing, this is so cool! And now I have a use for that jar of pennies on top of my fridge, lol.

  5. Ok, now I've GOT to try one of those tonight!

  6. Tonight! These are so cool! I have just the right sentiment stamp too. Can't wait!

  7. Love how my card came out, but it won't spin…. šŸ™ Back to the drawing board…. I may sound like I'm whining, but I'm actually enjoying the challenge!

  8. I would love to know where you got the hand. I just love the spinner card. Thanks



  9. Love them

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