How to Make a Slider Card

Written by mackenzie wright
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Homemade greeting cards make great keepsakes that recipients will treasure. One kind of card that will stand out is a slider card. These cards are unique because they are interactive hidden message cards. The person must pull a tab on the card, which will reveal a whole new surprise underneath. Once you get the basic technique down for the slider card form, you can adapt it to make them feature messages, images or photographs for any occasion.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 3-by-5-inch cardstock
  • 2 ½-by-2 ½-inch scrap paper square
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • 9 ½-by-5 ½-inch cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Photos, images or messages
  • Glue stick
  • Markers, stickers or other decorative elements

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take a piece of 3-by-5-inch heavy-duty cardstock in the colour of your choice and place it on your work surface horizontally. Cut a square template measuring 2 ½ by 2 ½ inches out of scrap paper. Lay the square on your 3-by-5-inch cardstock, 1/4 inch from the left edge of it. Space it so the square is 1/4 inch from the bottom and 1/4 inch from the top edge as well. Trace lightly around the square template with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Use a utility knife to cut along the lines on both sides, and across the top. Do not cut across the bottom. This will give you a square flap that is still attached to the main cardstock. Set it aside.

  3. 3

    Measure another piece of cardstock in the colour of your choice to be 9 1/2 by 5 ½ inches, and cut out the rectangle. This will be your card cover. Lay it vertically on your work space.

  4. 4

    Measure 3 1/4 inches from the top of the rectangle. Make light pencil dots across the page at that level (horizontally). Make a straight fold across at the 3 1/4-inch line, using your finger to crease it well.

  5. 5

    Measure 3 1/8 of an inch from the first fold line. Make pencil dots across horizontally and fold across for a second fold line. Be sure the fold line is straight. Both flaps should fold over the centre--first the bottom flap then the top flap.

  6. 6

    On the right edge of the card, at about the centre, cut a half circle. This will be a thumb notch to use the card's sliding mechanism. It doesn't need to be big.

  7. 7

    Unfold the rectangle. At 1/4 inch beneath the second (lower) fold line, draw a line. The line should start 1/4 inch from the left edge and go straight horizontally across to ½ inch from the right edge. Be sure it is straight.

  8. 8

    Cut along the line with your utility or craft knife to make a slit. Take your 3-by-5-inch slider card with the flap and flip it over. Insert the flap into the slit as far as it will go. Center the 3-by-5-inch card.

  9. 9

    Fold the bottom part of the card up and over the centre. The square flap will be visible. If you hold your card by the left edge, and pull the inner slider card exposed in the thumb notch, the square will slide across the card. You can push it back and forth. Fold the upper part down to be the card cover. You cannot see the sliding mechanism when the card cover is down.

    Decorate your card by putting a message or image on the front cover. Open the front cover flap upward.

    Place words, an image or photograph on the square slider mechanism. If you're gluing on a photo or image, it must be the same size, or smaller, as the square flap. Use a glue stick to affix the flap. To the right of the flap, you can write something and instruct the recipient to pull the mechanism.

    Pull the mechanism to reveal the blank space behind the flap. Here you can write a secret message or put another photo. For example, you might write across the cover of the card, "I just wanted you to know," and then glue a picture of your friend on the slider flap. To the right of the slider flap, it will say, "wherever you go," and make a small arrow to the pull tab with the word "pull" on it. When they pull the tab, their photo will slide over, revealing yours holding a heart, with the words, "I'll be thinking of you!" Have fun with your slider card's secret message space to create something that will surprise and bring a smile to the face of the recipient.

  10. 10

    Decorate your card by putting a message or image on the front cover. Open the front cover flap upward.

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    Place words, an image or photograph on the square slider mechanism. If you're gluing on a photo or image, it must be the same size, or smaller, as the square flap. Use a glue stick to affix the flap. To the right of the flap, you can write something and instruct the recipient to pull the mechanism.

  12. 12

    Pull the mechanism to reveal the blank space behind the flap. Here you can write a secret message or put another photo. For example, you might write across the cover of the card, "I just wanted you to know," and then glue a picture of your friend on the slider flap. To the right of the slider flap, it will say, "wherever you go," and make a small arrow to the pull tab with the word "pull" on it. When they pull the tab, their photo will slide over, revealing you holding a heart, with the words, "I'll be thinking of you!" Have fun with your slider card's secret message space to create something that will surprise and bring a smile to the face of the recipient.

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