1. Your mat (backing for the card) will be a 1/4 sheet of cardstock (CS) (5 1/5 X 4 1/4) in the color of your choice. Our card mat in class was Bermuda Bay. I’m using purple for this tutorial.2. Cut 2 pieces of white CS to 4″ X 5 1/4″. This will layer nicely onto our mat. Cut another piece of white CS to 3″ X 4 1/2″. This will be our “slider”. For the purpose of this tutorial, I am using purple for this piece just so you’ll be able to see where to place it in the pictures.
3. Stamp as desired on one of the two twin panels. Line the stamped CS vertically in your trimmer at 3 1/4″ and cut from 3/4″ to 4 1/2″. Turn panel around and do the same on the other side. You’ll have two slits as shown. Depending on your stamped images, decide which end of the card will be the bottom. Connect the two cut slits by cutting at 3/4″. DO NOT CUT between the top slits. This will create a flap in your card.
4. Insert the BOTTOM of your card (the cut end) into your trimmer and score between the cut lines at 1 1/4″, 2 3/4″ and 4 1/2″. Fold on the scored lines. The bottom one is valley fold, center is mountain, and top is valley.
6. Place the twin panels together and punch a half circle from the TOP so you’ll have a place to access your slider, once the card is put together. Put the “back panel” aside for now.
7. Turn front panel (with cut and scored flap) over to back side and put sticky strip or other strong adhesive on bottom of the flap. Be sure to use a STRONG adhesive like sticky strip, tear n tape, etc. Attach the smaller white panel to the back of the flap. It should overlap slightly on each side. Mine is purple for the purpose of this tutorial.
8. Place strong adhesive along side and bottom edges, and seal to the twin panel, sandwiching the slider panel between the two. Pull/push up and down on the slider a few times to get it working smoothly.
9. Your slider card is now ready to secure to your bottom mat, and decorate as desired!! In class, we rounded the corners of the top of the slider panel, punched a hole and attached a ribbon. We pulled the slider to the “open” position, stamped inside the revealed “window”, and attached balloons to the center scored and folded panel.
Note: If you do attach items to the scored panel, be careful to use adhesive only where the pieces will attach to the panel. Our balloons “stood up” beyond the edge of the fold, and if we’d placed adhesive all over the back of the balloons, our card would have stuck to itself and not opened.
Hope you enjoy this tutorial. If you make any of these cards, please post them on the Bluegrass Stampers FB page. If you’re not a member of Bluegrass Stampers, search for our group and click Join. If we haven’t met, please message me, too, as sometimes random people ask to join. If you’re not on FB, send me a photo and I’ll post it for you.
A big THANK YOU to my Stamp Club members!!