Slider & Swing Cards

CardMaker - - Interactive Cards - By Kim­ber McGray

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.

Slider Base:


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).

Slider Pull:


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).

Front Panel:


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.

Hid­den Panel:


Pull slider pull to re­veal hid­den panel. With panel pulled back, em­bel­lish hid­den panel (Photo 8). ●

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