How to Make Cards That Pop-Up & Slide

Written by ainsley patterson
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Add your own personal touch to the holidays, a friend's birthday or any other special occasion by creating your own greeting cards. Make a sliding pop-up card to give a loved one something more interesting than a homemade greeting card folded the traditional way. A sliding pop-up card also makes it easy for the card recipient to display the card, because the decorative face of the card stands up like an easel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Solid coloured card stock
  • Coordinating patterned card stock
  • Paper trimmer with trimming and scoring blade
  • Double-sided tape
  • 1-inch circle paper punch
  • Greeting stamp
  • Ink pad

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  1. 1

    Cut two pieces of solid-coloured card stock measuring 17.8 centimetres-by-12.7 centimetres.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark on one of the pieces of card stock vertical and horizontal lines that are 2 centimetres in from each edge. The lines will intersect to form a rectangle.

  3. 3

    Place the marked piece of card stock in front of you so it runs vertically.

  4. 4

    Score along the top line, between the two vertical lines.

  5. 5

    Cut along the other three lines, staying between the two horizontal lines when cutting the vertical and between the two vertical lines when cutting the horizontal. You now have a piece of card stock with a flap, attached along the top, cut out of the centre

  6. 6

    Apply strips of double-sided tape along the three edges that you cut between the edge of the paper and the line that you cut.

  7. 7

    Line up the other piece of solid-coloured card stock with the first and press it down firmly, running your fingers over where the double-sided tape is to adhere the two pieces together. Flip the whole thing over.

  8. 8

    Score the flap 6.9 cm up from its bottom edge. This is the halfway point.

  9. 9

    Punch half of a 1-inch circle paper punch along the top of the card, the side where the flap of card stock is still attached, to create a little half-circle notch.

  10. 10

    Cut another piece of solid-coloured card stock measuring 17.8 cm-by-8.7 cm.

  11. 11

    Lay the new piece of card stock out in front of you so it runs vertically. Fold the bottom 1 1/2 cm of the card stock up.

  12. 12

    Cut the very edges of the 1 1/2 cm flap off, only about .2 cm.

  13. 13

    Slide this strip of card stock into the pocket you created so that the flap folds up toward the side of the pocket with the flap cut out.

  14. 14

    Apply a strip of double-sided tape to the side of the 1 1/2-cm flap that shows when it is folded up.

  15. 15

    Fold the flap attached to the pocket under at the line you scored so its bottom 1 1/2 cm can attach to the 1 1/2-cm flap of the piece of card stock inside the pocket.

  16. 16

    Cut out a 13.8 cm-by-9.7 centimetre piece of patterned card stock.

  17. 17

    Stamp your greeting onto the piece of patterned card stock. Ink the stamp well before you stamp because you are stamping on patterned card stock.

  18. 18

    Pull the sliding part of the card by the part that shows in the notch you punched so that the flap pops up into a sort of tent shape.

  19. 19

    Use double-sided tape to attach the bottom of the patterned piece of card stock to the popped-up part of the card so the patterned card stock will move with the tented part.

  20. 20

    Push the sliding part of the card back down so that the whole card is flat.

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