CAS spinner card and template

March 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm 39 comments


In January, I took the Clean and Simple Cards 2 class at I really enjoyed it, and am just now getting around to doing some of my homework cards. On of the big plusses of the class was getting to see what others in the class were making, and that’s how I found this great spinner card design from Stephanie at Pink Star Creations.

Stephanie’s card (shown above) uses the spinner card dies from Paper Trey Ink, but I created mine (top of page) with Silhouette Studio. (If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can still use the template with your PTI die and the free version of Silhouette Studio.)

As you can see, I lifted Stephanie’s design pretty much completely, except that I used a “real” paper airplane where she used a stamp, (which was our class assignment that day.) My template also includes a paper airplane digistamp if you’d rather use that. It will probably hold up better in an envelope, for instance.

If you aren’t familiar with spinner cards, they use a simple sandwich of some foam and 2 disks (often pennies) to travel through a slot and create a spinning element that really makes for a fun card.


What I love about this idea, and turning it into a Silh Studio template, is that you can so quickly change it up for a different theme. Bring in a new image, drag and drop a pattern, customize the sentiment and a new card is born.

My advice is to keep this template on your hard drive instead of in your SS library. When you want to use it, open it, immediately do a “Save As…” and rename it. That way the original is preserved, as well as all the placement on the mat, which you lose when you use the library. I’ve also included instructions in the margins of the files as shown in the screen capture below.


Download the Silhouette Studio template here.

Download the SVG template here.

Here are a couple more cards I made with the same template and artwork from Lettering Delights. The first one uses a bee from the Bugaboo set and a honeycomb image, from the Reindeer Games paper pack, oddly enough. (I did have to change the colors from reds to golden yellows.) For the monkey card I used an image and pattern from the Monkey Around collection.

beespinner monkeyspinner

All of my cards, and a few extra sentiments I included on the template, feature LD Cotton Candy font.

Special thanks to Stephanie for the great card and for giving me permission to share the template based on it!

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39 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Candi  |  March 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I simply adore this, thank you so much for the file! My daughter turns 9 on Sunday and she’s been obsessed lately with making (and throwing at my head) paper airplanes, I think this will make a perfect “flying by to wish you a happy birthday” card!

  • 2. Jocelan  |  March 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I just love the cards you have shown us.And thanks for sharing the template with us.
    Blessing’s Jocelan

  • 3. Helle  |  March 25, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Big thanks all the way from Norway!!

  • 4. trishreddick  |  March 25, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Thank you for this cut file! I have enjoyed making spinner cards in the past, but hated cutting the track and it never looked great. Thanks for making me look so good!

  • 5. Zora N  |  March 25, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Thanks Kay, I have a few birthdays I can use this for.

    Zora F.

  • 6. lilola66  |  March 25, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I love these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • 7. Linda  |  March 25, 2013 at 9:12 am

    What a clever idea and thanks for sharing

  • 8. Debbie aka doodlingdebbie  |  March 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Kay, thank you for sharing this all purpose, easy, quick make card. It is such a nice cutting file to have. Hugs, Debbie

  • 9. Maureen G  |  March 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Love the cards Kay…thank you so much for sharing…nice file to have…!!

  • 10. Patsy  |  March 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I love following you. Everything you do is just what I want. I have learned so much from your videos. Thank you so much. I am sorry I think i have a silly question for you on the spinner card which i love and want to make. Where is the slot that the penny travels thru. I don’t see it on the blue oblong. Thank you.

    • 11. Kay  |  March 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Good question, Patty. It is underneath the patterned piece. You should see it if you go to the Cut Styles panel. And thanks so much for your kind comments!

  • 12. Jeanette  |  March 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Thank you so much! I have been wanting to make a spinner card so your file is very much appreciated. Thank you for all you do.

  • 13. Christine  |  March 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    LOVE this simple idea but for some reason I cannot get the svg file. It down loads ok but when I go to open in SCAL it says fail to load svg

    • 14. Kay  |  March 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Not sure what to tell you. I just tested it in SCAL3 and it works. Sorry you are not able to use the file.

  • 15. Christine  |  March 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    That’s what the problem is I have scal2 so it won’t open. I cannot figure out how to change it from a 3 to a 2.

    • 16. Kay  |  March 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Christine, did you try importing it with the SVG button? It is not a SCAL3 file, its an SVG which should work with either SCAL2 or SCAL3. Also SCAL3 is a free upgrade for SCAL2 users and you can keep both versions on your computer so you might want to do that anyway, not just for this file.

  • 17. Christine  |  March 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I am using scal2 as I have an old cricut, so scal3 not an option right now. I have tried both using file import and the svg button. no luck I don’t understand because this is the first file this has ever happened. The picture doesnt show up in the preview window either. OH well guess I’m out of luck with this one.

  • 18. Tine  |  March 28, 2013 at 5:13 am

    All these are just fabulous, Kay. I love spinners – such fun, especially for kids – though they can keep me amused too! LOL.

  • 19. Patsy  |  March 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I love the bee one and want to make it. How did you change the color on the honeyconb paper ? very very cute!!!!!!!!

    • 20. Kay  |  March 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thank you Patsy, I was able to change the color in Photoshop, but it wasn’t easy in this particular case and I didn’t keep good track of what I did. You can easily generate a honeycomb pattern in any colors you like at, though.

      • 21. Patsy  |  March 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm

        Thank you! I went into photoshop and did it. Its so cute! Thanks again for all your great ideas!!!!!

  • 22. soraya  |  March 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this file. I have been thinkinbg about making one spinner card for a long time. Now thanks to you I should just do it!

  • 23. Bobbi  |  March 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks so much for these instructions and the file. I do appreciate your time and wonderful talents.

  • 24. Jan  |  March 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Hello, Thank you so much for posting this file. I have made it exactly as per your instructions and it has worked beautifully. NOW I have the confidence to transform it, and was thinking of a moustache and a pipe (my OH suggested a licking tongue, but I’m thinking that’s a bit gross!).

  • 25. Gardengirl  |  April 10, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Those are really cute cards! I’ve never seen anything like that! Just wanted to stop in and say thanks for visiting my site and following. Now I’m going to follow you back. :)

  • 26. Tracie Wyckoff  |  April 17, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Thank you for the file. I made on Cameo and my friend just loved her card

  • 27. Christine  |  April 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Well I took what some say might be the long route but finally was able to use your fabulous spinner svg. I downloaded SCAL3 even though at this time I can only use SCAL2 because of Cricut. The svg opened in SCAL3. I saved the svg to a scut3. Then from the desktop changed the extension to a scut2 and am now able to open the spinner in SCAL2.

  • 28. Gigi  |  April 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Thank you so much for this cute card!

  • 29. chandlercreationsBetty  |  April 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

    How fun!!I am going to try this one, thanks so much for the “how to”

  • 30. Mom23Boys  |  May 5, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I would love to try to make this card, but am unable to download either the SVG file or the studio. Is there something special I need to do? I am on a PC with Windows 7 and have DE edition. But I can’t even get it to download to my PC hard-drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • 31. wendy  |  June 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Muchas gracias! You make it so easy for my, I was looking for this instructions many time ago!

  • 32. kitchen sink stamps  |  October 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing the digital template download! Adorable cards!

  • 33. susan hall  |  February 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I just love this!! Thanks for the svg file. I made mine in studio and can’t wait to make more with different images. I love the bee!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • 34. Ashley  |  March 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I just made a Minnie Mouse one for my niece and your template worked great!! Thank you SO much! I love your blog! Lots of fun, helpful stuff.

  • 35. Jen Wilkinson  |  March 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing this file! So cute and unique!

  • 36. Judy  |  July 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Too cute! Awesome idea!

    • 37. Judy  |  July 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Oh also, Thank you very much for the template and instructions.!

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