Hidden Message Slider

by Beate Johns

Everyone will love this slider that reveals a hidden message when you pull on the tag.

Supplies

  • Cardstock for card base 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (here Chocolate Chip)

  • Cardstock for slider base 5 1/4" x 8 1/2" (here Pumpkin Pie)

  • Cardstock for sliding tag 3 3/4" x 4 1/2" (here Always Artichoke)

  • Cardstock for image or first layer of image 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" (here Tempting Turquoise)

  • Cardstock for hidden message piece 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" (here Pink Passion)

  • Paper punch of your choice for pull tab

  • Paper cutter with cutting and scoring blade

  • Sticky Strip™

  • Stamps

  • Inks

  • Embellishments

  • Stapler

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Place slider base cardstock into the paper cutter horizontally and score at 4" and 8".

  2. Step 2

    Insert the slider base cardstock back into the paper cutter horizontally with the glue tab (1/2" strip) facing to the right.

    Line it up on the 1 1/4" mark and cut from 3/4" to 4 1/2" to make the first slit for the slider.

  3. Step 3

    Move the cardstock over to the 3 3/4" mark and make the same cut from 3/4" to 4 1/2".

  4. Step 4

    The section with the slits will be the card front.

    Stamp this section.

  5. Step 5

    Pre-fold at all scored lines.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp the message on both ends of the hidden message cardstock.

    Only about 1" on each end will be seen when the card is finished.

  7. Step 7

    Tape the hidden message piece between the slits on the front of the slider base.

  8. Step 8

    Insert the 3 3/4" x 4 1/2" slider tag cardstock horizontally into the paper cutter.

    Line it up at 2 1/2" and cut from the bottom to 3 1/2".

  9. Step 9

    Take the card slider base and turn it stamped side down. Insert slider tag cardstock through both slits.

  10. Step 10

    Staple the slider tag cardstock together where the cut is.

  11. Step 11

    Take a punch and punch a little opening on the bottom of the slider front. That will make it easier to pull the slider tag out.

  12. Step 12

    Decorate the part of the slider tag that shows between the slits. I added a piece of turquoise cardstock and then the cut out flower and leaves.

  13. Step 13

    Add Sticky Strip™ to the glue tab and tape the slider base together.

  14. Step 14

    Pull the slider tag out and add embellishment to the pull tab if desired.

    I added a turquoise punched circle and some ribbon.

  15. Step 15

    Adhere the card to the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. Add eyelets or brads to the top of the card as long as they are above the point where the slider slits end.

Variations

    Try Different Sizes
    When changing the measurements, here are some hints:

    Slider tag size
    Height: As high as from the bottom of your slider base to the end of the slits.
    Width: 1/4" smaller than card front.

    Sliding image
    Width: 1/4" smaller as distance between both slits (if you want it layered). You could also just layer a bigger image over it with dimensionals.
    Height: As long as the slit in your slider tag (see step 8).

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Hidden Message Slider. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love the video tutorials...any way to see this one?
Chris Bjornstedt  |  Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM
Hi Chris!

We are adding videos to our archive each week - all our current tutorials include video, but we are going back and adding video to each archived tutorial as well, so you will definitely see one here smile
lydia  |  Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM
What does it mean 1/2" piece of glue slab?
Kiwi Willey kiki  |  Tue Jul 5, 2011 at 1:20 PM

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