T-Slide Card

by Kim Score

Create a slider card with a surprise message.


  • Paper cutter with scoring blade
  • Craft knife with cutting mat
  • Sticky Strip™ or other strong adhesive
  • 5 1/4" square of cardstock, or heavy patterned paper (card base)
  • 5" square of cardstock, or heavy patterned paper (card front)
  • 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" piece of cardstock, or heavy patterned paper (Inside sliding piece)
  • 4" x 1" strip of cardstock, or heavy patterned paper (T-Slide mechanism)
  • 4 1/4" x 1" strip of cardstock, or heavy patterned paper (T-Slide mechanism)
  • Round tab punch or circle punch
  • Additional cardstock, stamps, Ink and Embellishments to finish your card


  1. Step 1

    To begin, you will be cutting a "U" into the inside of the cardstock square at 3/4" from three sides of the square. To do this, line up the 5" piece of cardstock at the 3/4" mark of the paper cutter. Cut from 3/4" to the 4 1/4" mark.

  2. Turn the cardstock clockwise to another side and follow the same steps. Turn the cardstock clockwise again, and follow the same steps. At this point, you will have 3 cut sides.

  3. Step 2

    Switch the blade on the paper cutter from the cutting to the scoring blade. Score the fourth side to complete the frame.

  4. Step 3

    Line up scored side of frame on the right side of cutting track (while the extended measurement arm of the cutter points to your left.)

    Line up the left edge of the cardstock at the 2 3/4" mark and score between horizontal cut lines (3/4" to 4 1/4").

  5. Move left edge of cardstock to 1 1/4" and score again from 3/4" to 4 1/4".

    You should now have three scored sections on the inside of the frame. One 1/2" wide section adjacent to the cut side and two 1 1/2 wide sections.

  6. Step 4

    Put the cutting blade back in your paper cutter. Place the scored side of the frame to the LEFT of the cutting track. Line up the left edge of the cardstock at 3 3/8". Cut from 1 3/4" to the 3 1/8" mark.

  7. Slide the left edge of the cardstock to 3 1/4". Cut the same slit as before.

  8. Step 5

    Use a craft knife to cut away the section created by the 2 parallel slits.

  9. Step 6

    Score the 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" piece of cardstock at 1/2". Add strong adhesive to the 1/2" scored end (right side up).
    Stamp your greeting on the strip (if you don’t want your greeting to peek out when the card is closed, you will need to keep the greeting closer to the end with the score).

  10. Step 7

    With the right side facing up, slide the greeting strip into the front slit as shown.

  11. Turn the cardstock over and attach the end of the strip at the score line of the frame.

  12. Step 8

    Create a T-shaped slider by placing the 4" x 1" strip at the top and glue the 4 1/4" x 1" strip at the center. Attach a pull-tab at the end of the T-slide (sample uses the round tab punch, you can change that to a circle or scallop circle).

  13. Step 9

    Turn your 5” square piece of cardstock over and add adhesive along the 1/2” score line as shown.

  14. Step 10

    Attach the T-slide by lining up the left edge of the slide at the score line (make sure the side you want to show is facing down, try stamping another greeting on the slider as well).
    Put strong adhesive around the outer edges. Make sure to leave a small gap on each side of the pull tab for clearance.

    To prevent the pull tab from catching the edge of the cardstock when sliding back into place, add a thin dimensional or pop dot on each side of the pull tab before putting the backing piece in place. This will raise the cardstock slightly so the tab can freely slide in and out.

  15. Step 11

    Attach slider card front to the 5 1/4” x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock. Attach card front elements over the slider front on either the left or right section. Don’t attach to both sections, or the card won’t open properly.

  16. Step 12

    Your card is now finished.



  1. Triple T-Slide Card:
    Follow the directions for making the basic T-Slider card. When you get to step 4, score 3 slots. Cut from at 1 1/8" to the 1 7/8", from 2 1/8" to 2 7/8" and from 3 1/8" to 3 7/8". Slide the whole piece 1/8" to the right on the cutter and repeat. Cut away the 3 slots.

    Cut 3 pieces 3 1/2" x 5/8” and score one end at 1/2" on each piece.

  2. Alternate card size:

    For an A2 card, you will need the following size pieces:

    5 1/2" x 4 1/4" backing piece
    5 1/4" x 4" card front
    2 3/4" x 1" slider mechanism
    4 1/2" x 1" sider mechanism
    1" x 3 1/2" message piece for the inside (you can vary the width as long as you have enough of a margin on each side)

    Score a 3/4" margin all the way around for the frame.

    Score at 2 1/2" (from the edge of the scored side) and 4 1/4". There will only be a 1/4" scored section left vs. the 1/2" section in the written instructions. If you want a 1/2" section, you could adjust the score marks by 1/8". I recommend doing that, as my sample doesn't seem to slide as nicely with only that 1/4" little piece on the end.

    Cutting and Scoring Template for A2 card

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for T-Slide Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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

Loving this card alot!!!!
Lysiane  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 5:35 AM
I'd love to see a template.
I'm a visual learner, and this would be very helpful.
Rochelle  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 6:11 AM
I am loving this card too. I am always up for new ideas and techniques. Love it so much I am going to go make one for my niece who is getting married.
Happy crafting...............
Donna  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 6:43 AM
Thank you for the new technique...I am loving that the tutorials also have videos...Thank you so much Beate...Love hearing your voice!
Marisol Gutierez  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 7:00 AM
Great Tutorial! Thanks for sharing, I know it is a lot of work to put them together! Can't wait to try it, I already printed it out.
Amy  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 7:50 AM
I'll work on a visual cut & score template this week for anyone that may want it. It will be available at www.paperpunchaddiction.com
Kim Score  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 7:52 AM
Love this tutorial...and I'm wondering if the word window punch might work instead of making the parallel slits to form the opening for the saying to pop through?
KT Hom  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 8:50 AM
I haven't tried the word window punch. Not sure if it will reach far enough, but it's worth a try.
As long as the top of the punched hole is 1/2" from the score line, I don't see why it wouldn't work.
Kim Score  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 9:17 AM
Fabulous tutorial! I can't wait to give it a try, Kim! I know that the word window punch frames 1-3/8" - 1-5/8". I think that's right. Anyways, great job Kim! Off to watch the video.
Jane  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM
this is such gorgeous work! this will be my project tonight. Thank you so much for sharing.
Jocelyn Howell  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Completely neato tute, Kim! WTG!
BevMom/Bev Rousch  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 12:35 PM
Thank you for this great tutorial! I linked to it from today's scrapbook news at http://exm.nr/9uCUAe
GoneScrapbooking  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 1:43 PM
I love the tutorial. I looks simple enough, but gives the card an extra flair. I LOVE those birds in the tutorial. Could you tell me what punches you used to make those? Their eyes are so cute and large.
Karen Wedding  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 2:58 PM
Never mind. I found your blog with the information I was looking for. Love your blog!

Karen Wedding  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM
Beatte, who makes the tape that tears used in the video and where can I get it? Thanks. Do you have measurement instructions for making this card in a 4.25 x 5.5 format?
Phyllis  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 3:28 PM
Could you Please send me the directions without the comment section? I would love to print the directions out for your beautiful card, but too much paper is wasted with the comment section. The comment section is very helpful, but, it's just too much to print!
Agsain Thankyou for the card ideal!
Gloria Sperring  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 4:25 PM
Hey Phyllis and all, for A2 cutting measurements, please read the Variations section of this tutorial at the end.

Gloria, to avoid printing all of the comments, when you want to print, rather than printing the whole document, print only the first 3 pages or so.
Kim Score  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 5:18 PM
oh, and the tape that Beate used is called Scor Tape. It's made by the same manufacturer of the Scor Pal.
Kim  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 5:20 PM
I tried it out and the word window punch works perfectly if you line up the bottom of the word window punch about 1/8" above the score line (of the little 1/2" scored section for attaching the T-slide mechanism). Thanks for the suggestion KT Hom.
Kim  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 7:08 PM
Can you tell us how to make the cute chickens too.. Love everything about this card am going to try it here soon... THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!
Lisa  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 9:54 PM

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