I came across this awesome type of card and now I can’t stop making them. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it and it has a great element of surprise for the recipient.
For a horizontal double slider, here are the measurements.
4 1/4 (H) – 4 3/4 (L)
4 1/4 (H) – 4 3/4 (L)
Left Slider without pullout tab:
4 5/8 (L) – 3 3/16 (L)
Right Slider with pullout tab:
5 1/8 (L) – 3 3/16 (L)
For the slider mechanism, you’ll need to create two slits. It’ll be 1/4 inches from the edge, leaving 3/4 inches from the top and the bottom. We’ll turn to this again later.
The three main pieces that are seen and need to be decorated are the Front Panel, the Left and Right slider.
For this particular card, I decided to use the Clearly Besotted’s Trouble in a Tutu. I wanted the hippos to be dancing on a stage. I masked off 1 1/2 inches on the front panel and 3/4 inch on the Right and Left panels. Using Gathered Twigs distress ink, I colored in a stage and used Create a Smile’s Woodgrain stamp to fake a hardwood look.
There’s a little space on top of the stage I had marked in pencil so it gives a little break from the stage and the background I’ll color later. I used Walnut Stain for that part.
I used My Favorite Things Stencil Waves for the background and used the Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberry and Spun Sugar.
Now that my background is done, I needed to make my hippos to stick onto the background. I put the hippos into the Xyron sticker maker to make them stickers and added them to the background. The only catch about this kind of card is that it really needs to be almost completely one layer or pieces might get caught up from the sliding.
Now onto the slider mechanism. I used a page protector and cut a piece that measures 2 1/4 and about 11 inches long. You could also use a plastic bag you have around the house, but I thought this would be easiest since the page protector didn’t have crinkles.
I slipped the page protector piece through the slits in the slider mechanism and used double sided adhesive to tape it together.
This part will be where the Right Slider with Tab will adhere to.
Once you tape the piece down, cut off any excess.
Add foam tape to the top and bottom of the card. It holds your card in place and provides a track.
Move the plastic so the adhesive is all the way to the left hand side, it will not be going through the slot. It will only be moving right. I put a second piece of adhesive right on top of the first piece of adhesive. Adhere the Right slider face up, lining up the piece on the left hand side.
Flip the card over and repeat with foam tape on top and bottom. The adhesive on the back will also go on the left hand side. This time, the Left Slider’s will be adhered face down.
Once you have that done, flip over the card so all the decorations are facing up. You can add your Front Panel to the card. I punched a hole on the Right Slider with tab and added string so your recipient will know to pull.
And you now you have a cute slider card!
Until next time…
- Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberries, Spun Sugar
- Round Blending Tool
- Canson XL watercolor paper
- My Favorite Things Stencil – Waves
- Clearly Besotted – Trouble in a Tutu
- Spectrum Noir markers
- Page protector or plastic bag
- Scor-pal double sided adhesive, 1/4
- Scotch 3M 1/2 foam tape