Card-Mak­ing Tech­niques: In­ter­ac­tive Greet­ing Cards

CardMaker - - Contents - By Deb­o­rah Nolan

De­liver hol­i­day gift cards in a unique card that slides or pops up! Deb­o­rah Nolan shares fun, must-try de­signs!

The only thing that beats a hand­made hol­i­day card is a hand­made hol­i­day card that moves. These kinds of cards are es­pe­cially good for dress­ing up a “bor­ing” gift card or cash gift. There are many types of in­ter­ac­tive cards but three clas­sics are the slider, the pop-up and the re­tract­ing re­veal.


Slider cards spot­light an ex­te­rior el­e­ment that moves in a track across the card. Sev­eral com­pa­nies of­fer slider dies, but mak­ing a track “old school” is not dif­fi­cult. Step 1: De­ter­mine mov­ing el­e­ment’s path; mark start and end points on slider panel. Step 2: In the ab­sence of a slider die, punch holes at start and end of path (Photo 1).

Step 3: Use a craft knife and straight­edge ruler to con­nect holes with two par­al­lel cuts (Photo 2).

Step 4: Cen­ter a penny be­neath track; ad­here mov­ing el­e­ment to penny with a dou­ble layer of foam tape mak­ing sure penny moves easily on track (Photo 3). Dust edges of tape with baby pow­der to re­move tack­i­ness.

Step 5: Ad­here slider panel to card with a dou­ble layer of foam tape. Note: Place tape so it avoids con­tact with penny. Dust edges of tape with baby pow­der.

Op­tion: Mask slider panel be­hind a se­cond panel mounted with dou­ble-lay­ered foam tape. Add card­stock ex­ten­der be­tween penny and trav­el­ing el­e­ment to boost it above mask­ing panel.

Die-Cut Pop-Up

Pop-up cards fea­ture in­te­rior el­e­ment(s) that pro­trude, pro­vid­ing a 3-D as­pect that is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive when cre­at­ing a tableau.

Lawn Fawn’s Ev­ery­day Pop-Ups die set makes this tech­nique ef­fort­less. Each die is a dif­fer­ent width and length em­bossed with its own fold line that dic­tates the height and depth of the pop-out.

Step 1: Cut a piece of card­stock to fit in­side card base as an insert. Mark insert’s fold line, but do not score.

Step 2: Align die’s side ar­rows with fold line; se­cure with removable tape and diecut (Photo 4). Re­peat as de­sired.

Step 3: Score insert’s fold line but do not score through pop-up. Score at end of each die-cut line to aid in fold­ing of pop-up (Photo 5).

Step 4: Close insert while coax­ing pop-up to bend away from fold (Photo 6). Step 5: Bur­nish insert fold with bone folder. Step 6: Cut a piece of match­ing pa­per and ad­here be­hind pop-up open­ing. Step 7: Ad­here pop-up insert to card base; do not ap­ply ad­he­sive to pop-up. Step 8: At­tach el­e­ment to pop-up.

Hand­made Pop-Up

In the ab­sence of a pop-up die, use a craft knife and straight­edge ruler. Re­peat the steps for a Die-Cut Pop-Up, but re­place step 2 as fol­lows:

Step 2: Start­ing 1/2 inch above fold line, cut two par­al­lel, 11/2-inch-long ver­ti­cal slits 1 inch apart; score at ends of lines be­tween cuts to aid in fold­ing (Photo 7).

Note: The dis­tance above the fold line de­ter­mines the pop-up height; the dis­tance below the line de­ter­mines the depth. The dis­tance be­tween the cut lines de­ter­mines

the pop-up width. Ex­am­ple: For a pop-up 1 inch tall and 3/4 inch deep, start in­ci­sion 1 inch above fold line and end 3/4 inch below fold line.

Re­tract­ing Re­veal

This tech­nique fea­tures a pull-tab that re­tracts to re­veal two sur­prises at once. Step 1: Cut two 41/4 x 51/2-inch pan­els for the card’s “base” and “cover.” Step 2: Draw lines 3/4 inch in from all sides on cover piece (Photo 8). Note: Use a pen­cil when draw­ing lines. A pen was used on sam­ple so lines could be easily seen in photo. Step 3: Score top line; cut side and bot­tom lines to form “tongue” (Photo 9).

Step 4: Be­tween ver­ti­cal cuts, score tongue hor­i­zon­tally at 11/2 and 31/8 inches from cover’s bot­tom edge (Photo 10).

Step 5: Val­ley-fold top and bot­tom score lines; moun­tain-fold mid­dle score line to form tongue’s tent and flap (Photo 11). Step 6: Tem­po­rar­ily ad­here cover to base at bot­tom edge only; punch semi-cir­cle from top cen­ter of both pieces. Step 7: Push tongue up to ex­pose base’s re­veal area; mark pa­ram­e­ters (Photo 12).

Step 8: Cut a 31/4 x 43/4-inch tag; punch hole in top cen­ter; thread with rib­bon; insert tag be­tween cover and base, cen­ter­ing be­neath tongue, align­ing top edges of all pa­pers.

Step 9: Push tongue up; pull out tag un­til bot­tom edge aligns with re­veal’s top bound­ary line; mark re­veal area on tag (Photo 13). Step 10: De­tach pa­pers. Stamp base and tag; erase marks. Step 11: Ap­ply dou­ble-sided tape to back of tongue’s bot­tom flap; align bot­tom edges of face­down tag and flap; ad­here (Photo 14). Step 12: Ap­ply dou­ble-sided tape along base’s bot­tom and cover’s side edges; ad­here bot­tom, then sides. Step 13: Ad­here fo­cal panel to tongue’s cen­ter sec­tion above bot­tom flap (Photo 15).

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