How to make greeting cards with pull-tabs

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Handmade cards are often treasured by the recipient in ways that a store bought greeting never will be. You can make fun greeting cards with a simple pull-tab that reveals your message tucked away inside. Sometimes referred to as pocket cards, pull-tab cards are simple to make but appear complex. You can also attach small gifts, such as cash or gift cards, to the insert, making the card into a cute wrapping for an otherwise standard gift.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Double-sided tape
  • Embellishments

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut a sheet of plain card stock into a 6- by 8-inch piece. This will be the outer portion of your card.

  2. 2

    Fold the card stock in half so that it is 6 by 4 inches. Seal the top and bottom (the 4-inch sides) together with double-sided tape.

  3. 3

    Cut a second piece of card stock that is 5.5 inches by 4 inches. It should fit into the pocket formed by the other piece of card stock. This will be the insert.

  4. 4

    Cut a 1- by 5-inch strip of card stock. Lay it across the centre of the insert piece so that 1 inch hangs off the edge to form the pull-tab. Secure it with tape.

  5. 5

    Write your message on the insert and decorate the outside with your embellishment items. These include stickers, rub-ons, and markers.

  6. 6

    Place the insert into the outer pocket with the pull-tab sticking out. The recipient will pull the tab, causing the insert to pull out to reveal your message.

Tips and warnings

  • You can cut a window into the outer pocket of the card to reveal a portion of the message on the insert.
  • If you have an envelope you are planning to use, adjust the card measurements to fit the envelope.

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