Slider & Swing Cards
Some of the quickest ways to add fun and simple movement to summer greeting cards are with sliders and swings. No, we’re not crafting at the playground— these sliders and swings are the type that can easily be created in your craft room with basic card-making tools. When so much of our summer is filled with onthe-go activities, doesn’t it just make sense that our cards should include a little movement too? With busy summer schedules, finding time to make cards can be a challenge. These fun techniques provide ways to create cards that will wow the recipient and no one will ever know that it only took minutes to make them.
Swings: Help your friends celebrate their birthday by sending them a card that swings and flips to reveal a party in an envelope. By simply pulling on the ends of the card panel, the sentiments flip back and forth to create a birthday card to remember!
Sliders: There are many different ways to make cards slide and glide. Penny sliders are a quick and easy way to allow for a bit or bobble to move its way across your card. A penny slider starts with a channel that is approximately 1/4 inch wide—wide enough for a foam adhesive to move freely and the penny slider to move along the channel. You can cut a channel with a craft knife or punch, or create one on a digital die-cutting machine. Build your slider component by sandwiching a piece of foam adhesive between two pennies and then inserting it in the channel. Finally, adhere a stamped image or embellishment to the front of the slider. Now tilt your card and watch the slider move!
Another great slider card to try your hand at is the hidden sentiment-panel slider. With a gentle pull, the front panel of your card slides to reveal a heartfelt sentiment. All you need for this card is a couple of cuts with the craft knife and a few folds to create a card that has a hidden message.
Form a 41/4 x 51/2-inch card from gray cardstock. 2.
Cut a 41/4 x 21/2-inch piece of gray cardstock. Referring to photo, use a pencil to draw a wavy line near top edge of gray piece to create a hilly road. Cut along wavy line.
With a pencil, draw a channel that measures 33/4 inches long and 1/4 inch tall to follow pattern of hilly road. Cut out channel with craft knife.
Use foam dots to adhere penny slider channel piece to front of card aligning bottom edges. Note: Keep foam dots at least 1/4 inch away from channel to allow penny to slide without being stopped.
Draw a dashed line inside channel as shown with a white pen.
To create penny slider, adhere two pennies together with two small (1/4-inch or smaller) foam dots stacked on top of each other (Photo 1).
Place penny slider in channel so one penny is on top and the other is on the inside of the channel (Photo 2).
Use another foam dot to adhere embellishment to front of penny slider.
Embellish card as desired. ●
Form a 6 x 41/2-inch card from blue cardstock.
Cut a 6 x 41/2-inch panel from blue cardstock.
With a pencil, draw a rectangle on panel, 1 inch from left edge, 3/4 inch from top and bottom edges and 1/2 inch from right edge. Draw a vertical line down center of rectangle. Use craft knife to cut along top, right and bottom edges creating a flap (Photo 1). 3.
Mountain-fold center scored line; valley-fold left edge (Photo 2).
Cut a 6 x 3-inch panel from blue cardstock.
With long edge horizontal, score a vertical line 1/2 inch from right edge and valley fold (Photo 3).
Adhere 1/2-inch tab of slider pull to open end of slider base on back side (Photo 4).
Use a circle punch to punch a notch on left edge of slider base.
Fold slider pull behind slider base (Photo 5).
Adhere slider base to card front, applying adhesive along top, bottom and right sides. The slider pull will be on the left side under notch (Photo 6).
Cut a 51/2 x 4-inch panel from cardstock to cover slider mechanism. Embellish as desired.
Place adhesive on right half of slider mechanism while slider is flat (Photo 7). Center front panel and press into place to secure.
Pull slider pull to reveal hidden panel. With panel pulled back, embellish hidden panel (Photo 8). ●