Train Ride Through The Canadian Rockies

It’s the Karen Burniston Design Team March 2023 Challenge and the theme is Vacation!

I’ve always wanted to take the train from Vancouver through the Canadian Rocky Mountains and this card pays tribute to that train trip using Karen Burniston’s Twist Panel Pop-Up and Train Pivot Panels.

First, I watched the assembly videos for Train Pivot Panel and the Twist Panel Pop-Up. (If I had been paying attention, I would have realized that when the train pivot panels installed on the twist panel mechanism would need a card base that has 6-inches from the fold to its outer edge. Hence my train engine juts out from the card bottom by 3/4-inch, and I had to hide it with ribbon.)

When adding the twist panel mechanism to card larger than 5-inches, I use a metal ruler and a craft knife to cut the ends of the arms free and I glue additional patterned paper behind the mechanism to hide the openings that the arms make.  My patterned papers have 3-inch-tall scenes that I cut to go inside the card at the top and bottom of the twist mechanism to added depth for mountains the train is going through. The actual train panels are cut from coordinating paper of fir trees.

While the Canadian Rail trains are diesel trains rather than steam, I tried to make the train have the Canadian flag colors and I found a tiny red maple leaf sequin in my shaker elements stash. The train track comes from the Train Elements die set.

For the outside of my card, I created some maple leaf paper on my computer and printed it. The “Enjoy the ride” sentiment was released by Karen Burniston as part of the train themed dies. I used her Mini Alphabet to finish the sentiment. (I find using removable paper tape to line up the lettering works well with a t-ruler.)

For the card back, I used a vintage Canadian railway sticker and a heart sticker to hide the ribbon end.

A piercing tool (an ice pick) was used to poke the holes for the ribbon.

Thank you for reading this blog post. Please like and leave comments 😊

Materials Used:



  • Craft Consortium – Premium Quality Papers – 12” x 12” – In The Forest by Clare Therese
  • Colored cardstock scraps
  • Copy Paper
  • Paper Lane – 5 x7 white card


  • Sharpie Permanent Marker –Fine Point – Black


  • Neutral PH Adhesive by LINECO
  • Fine-Tip Glue Bottle
  • Quickstik Too
  • – Double-Sided Adhesive 1/4 Inch Tape
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Computer and Printer
  • Craft Knife
  • Piercing Tool
  • Pencil
  • Dollar Tree – Craft Clips
  • Removable Paper Tape
  • Red Organza 5/8 Inch Wide Ribbon
  • Kat Scrappiness – Shaker Elements – Shimmering Fallen Leaves

7 thoughts on “Train Ride Through The Canadian Rockies

  1. It’s amazing what you manage to do with paper and all the KB wonderful dies. This card is just the cutest…would be great for Christmas also. Love the background paper! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Ms. Sue, I love your card it looks so fun. I have traveled by train a couple of times and loved it. I think it would be so much fun to travel through the Canadian Rockys by train. However, I have to say, above all others, my favorite form of travel is cruising. My dream cruise would definitely be to Australia.

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  3. I absolutely love this card. The background is so beautiful and the train is so cute. I can imagine myself on the train just clacking along.

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  4. What a fun card. That is something I would like to do, take a train trip across the USA. You sure found the right paper to make this card.

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  5. This card is beautiful. I love your paper choices and the train would be a fun ride! I hope to take a train ride through them Grand Canyon in them near future.

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