Turn your handmade cards into interactive art by adding sliding tabs to the design. While thicker than many traditional card designs, tab slide cards add a movable element to your designs. Tabs require only a little time to create, and you have complete control over which element moves when the tab is pulled. Use the tabs in conjunction with your favourite card-making embellishments to add a further dimension to your designs. Flip-open tabs are one of the most basic methods, and they allow you to hide a message under a design element.
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Things you need
- Card stock
- Bone folder
- Craft knife
Fold an 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheet of card stock in half so it measures 4.25 inches by 11 inches. Fold it in half crosswise to make a 4.25-inch by 5.5-inch card blank. Rub a bone folder or the edge of a ruler over each fold so they are crisp. Mark the front of the card lightly with pencil, then unfold the card stock.
Cut a ½-inch slit into the front of the card where you want the movable element, using a craft knife.
Measure the distance between the slit and the edge of the card. Add ½ inch onto this measurement, then cut a 1-inch-wide strip of card stock that is the length of the your measurement, making the tab.
Cut a ½-inch by 1-inch strip of paper. Fold the paper in half to resemble a hinge. Glue one side of the hinge onto one end of the tab. Allow the glue to dry.
Insert the side of the hinge through the slit cut in the front of the card, with the tab on the inside of the card. Refold the card.
Glue the two layers of the card together so that the tab is secured between them. Do not glue over the tab, as it must move freely.
Cut out the element you want to flip open, for example a heart. Glue the element to the paper hinge protruding through the slit. Adjust the element so it camouflages the slit completely. When the tab is pulled, the paper hinge opens the element like a book, revealing any message written under it.
Tips and warnings
- Place multiple hinge elements on the front of one card. Make a wider tab so each hinge can be glued to it.
- Cut the protruding edge of the tab with decorative-edge scissors to add further embellishment to the card.
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