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

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What a fun card style!
Thanks so much for adding the video, Beate! That's so helpful!
TexasGrammy  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 10:59 PM
Please visit my blog for picture instructions to make the birdies.

Kim  |  Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 11:14 PM
Wow!! This looks complicated, even after watching the tutorial video. But I am determined to try this out cause it is such a neat technique. I really like it. New twist to a card. I printed out the instructions and want to try a card out for Halloween, or Christmas. Thanks for a great idea.
Renee Coburn  |  Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM
I sent a cutting/scoring diagram to Beate. She will be loading that information on the site. It may be easier to understand once you see the diagram.
Kim  |  Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 9:37 PM
Looks so fun to do, I'm gonna have to try this! Love your punch art too!
Jen in AZ  |  Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 1:05 AM
If you click on print this tutorial, you don't get the comments. You can also choose to print only the pages you want. By clicking on file on your computer and clicking on print preview.
Super card
Jean  |  Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 10:33 AM
What fun! I've made one and can't wait to make more.
Rone  |  Sun Jul 18, 2010 at 7:47 PM
I made four of these over the weekend and posted one of them on the website. It was LOTS of fun and not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I can't wait to make more!
Amy  |  Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 7:32 AM
Amanda  |  Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 1:21 PM
I sat my desk (yes...at work) and made this the first time out of copy paper according to the tutorial! :-} At home, I made it from scrap paper and to fit the A2 envelope...then two more times out of pretty paper. It is much easier than I thought it would be and it is of course my new favorite and I just can't wait to get home and make more!
Amy  |  Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM
Thanks for the great instructions. The photos were very helpful. I made this card but found that ordinary card stock is not stiff enough for the pull tab for the card to operate smoothly. I cut a piece of medium weight clear plastic and glued it to the pull tab and it works great. I actually used a section of a 12 x 12 plastic paper carrier (you buy them to carry sheets of scrapbook paper). It was perfect! The tab has to be stiffer for it to work properly.
Love the card....
Christine B.  |  Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 1:10 PM
LOVE this card design! I made one using Stampin Up's slot punch for the slot for the tab and it worked great. Much easier than hand cutting. smile Thanks for the great tutorial!

Elin K.
Elin K.  |  Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 9:39 PM
Very informative instructions, along with all of the measurements! I like the extra tips offered on the video! I especially like that no extra words are used explaining & showing 'how to do'! And the sweet accent is an added bonus! Good job! Happy day, I'm going to do!
Nancy Yoder  |  Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 7:20 AM
I uploaded my card but have no idea where it is, sorry. I love this technique and I did a different size, 8x9 to fit legal size envelope #10.
If you can't find my card, email me and I will send you my blog to visit.
Thank you for this tutorial it is terrific!!!!
StampinSher  |  Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 4:40 PM
thank you cinzia
cinzia  |  Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 4:55 AM

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