Slider Card – Tutorial
The Slider Card Tutorial contents for my demonstration slider card can be seen in this photo.
The start point of the slider card is to measure the dimensions of the inserts, usually governed by the picture / sentiment being used, plus 2.5cm for the sliding mechanism attachment (remember to include any matting / layering backing papers in this calculation), this will provide the maximum insert dimension across the horizontal (x) and vertical (y).
Determine the card outer dimension (which needs to house the inserts fully); for a rectangular, portrait card the outer panel dimension needs to be at least:
- 5mm bigger, than the insert (x) dimension
- 1cm bigger, than the insert (y) dimension
This will provide the size of the card and of a single panel of the outer, the full outer card stock dimensions are:
- The width of a single outer panel (x) times by 3, plus 0.5cm
- By the length of a single panel (y).
A: inner workings
B: card front
C: card back
When creating the fold lines each panel should be the width (x), but measure panel A by 2mm less – this enables the folds of the inner mechanism to be managed cleanly, providing a tab of 0.7mm, use a corner rounder on the tab.
Use the word window punch to create a notch in the centre of the top and bottom of panel A – to provide the channel in which the slider mechanism will operate. If required, the ¾” circle punch can be used to create semi-circle finger ‘holes’ at the centre of panels B and C at the bottom to pull the insert. Tip: fold and punch these together to ensure they are aligned.
Using a good quality plastic food storage bag (Ziploc bags are good), cut a 2-4cm strip of plastic, which needs to be a minimum of 2 times the outer panel length (y), plus 1cm. Wrap this around panel A, via the notches, to form the slider mechanism. Ensure that the overlap is at the top of the panel (dotted line in the above diagram) and stick the plastic onto itself using double sided tape / glue dot (this should ensure that the join will remain on one side of the panel, when operated / pulled). Trim to tidy (if required).
Decorate the inserts, but remember to leave approx 2.5cm blank at the top of the bottom panel and at the bottom of the top panel – these areas will not be visible under operation, as are attachment points to the slider mechanism. If using pull ribbon, add a notch and ribbon to the centre of the bottom insert.
Stick the inserts to the slider mechanism (by double sided tape / glue dots):
- The bottom insert is attached at the top of the slider on the reverse side of the insert to the slider mechanism on front of panel A
- The top insert is attached at the bottom of the slider on the front side of the insert to the slider mechanism on the reverse of panel A
The front of both inserts must face forwards (layout as above diagram).
Fold, ensuring panel A, with slider and attached inserts are folded in between panels B and C. The reverse side of panel B will become the front of the card, decorate as required. Apply double sided tape to the tab and attach to reverse of panel A (where panel A joins panel B), ensuring that the inserts and sliding mechanism are kept free to move freely.
Your slider card is ready to use…
Play with formats / shapes, remembering to adjust any dimensions / layout. / shapes as required.