Magic Card

by Beate Johns

Wow everyone with this nifty card.


  • One piece of cardstock 4 ¼ " x 5 ½ " for card base (here Chocolate Chip)
  • One piece of cardstock 8 ½" x 10 ½" for slide cover (here Certainly Celery)
  • One piece of cardstock 3 ¾" x 5 ¼" for slider (here Natural Ivory)
  • One piece of light colored cardstock 3 ½" x 5" for behind window (here Blush Blossom) (Optional)
  • Two pieces of window sheets or other acetate 4" x 5 ¼"
  • Stamp-a-majig®
  • Coluzzle™
  • Paper cutter with scoring and cutting blade
  • Stazon™
  • Material to color your image
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Eyelet and eyelet setting tools (optional)
  • Circle punch (optional)
  • Ribbon or other embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Take your 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece of cardstock, slide it into the paper cutter horizontally and score it at 5 1/4".

  2. Step 2

    Now slide the cardstock in vertically and score it at 4 1/4".

    The two scores you've made have now separated the cardstock into four separate "panels". We'll refer to these panels in the next steps.

  3. Step 3

    Switch your scoring blade for the cutting blade and cut out the upper left panel of the cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Cut off 1/4"off the long side of the right panels (top and bottom).

  5. Step 5

    Switch the cutting blade for the scoring blade. Score 1/4" on the long outside edge of the single panel on the left side.

  6. Step 6

    Take your hobby knife and cut a 1/4" thick slot on the score between the right side panels. Leave ¼" margin on each side.

  7. Step 7

    Stamp your left hand panel.

  8. Step 8

    Cut a window out of your left panel.

  9. Step 9

    Take your 3 3/4"x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock. Cut thin strips 1/8" in from the bottom all the way up to 4 3/4" on both sides.

    Cut the thin strips off, leaving the T-shaped cardstock as shown. This is your slider.

  10. Step 10

    Take one of your window sheets and center it over the slider.

  11. Step 11

    Stamp your image in the center of the window sheet with StazOn™.

  12. Step 12

    Take your other piece of window sheet and your Stamp-a-Majig™. Line one corner of the window sheet up with the corner of the Stamp-a-Majig™. Mark that corner.

    Ink up your image again with Stazon™. Slide the corner of the wood into the corner of the Stamp-a-majig™. Stamp the image on your second piece of window sheet. This is your placement guide.

  13. Step 13

    Center the stamped window sheet over your slider.

    Slide your placement guide under the window sheet until the images lay on top of each other.

  14. Step 14

    Carefully remove the top window sheet, leaving only the placement guide over your slider.

    Line up the Stamp-a-majig™ with the marked corner of the placement guide.

  15. Step 15

    Remove the placement guide, ink up your stamp and slide it in the corner of the Stamp-a-Majig™. Stamp your image.

  16. Step 16

    Color your image.

  17. Step 17

    Line up the stamped image on the window sheet with the colored image on the cardstock.

  18. Step 18

    Hold both pieces together tightly and trim the acetate to the same size as your cardstock. Be careful that your acetate doesn't move during the trimming.

  19. Step 19

    Fold your slider cover up and use your circle punch to punch a half-circle on the top (where the fold is).

  20. Step 20 (Optional)

    For a different color cardstock under your image on the acetate than the one you have made the slider cover with, take the cardstock color of your choice, cut a piece of 3 1/2" x 5" and tape it to the side on the opposite of the window.

  21. Step 21

    Slide your colored image through the slot between the top and bottom panels. You will have your window on the right, and the panel that will hide your colored image on the left. Push your image out as far it will go. The tabs we made in Step 9 will prevent it from coming out completely.

    Take your window sheet image and lay it on top. Line it up exactly and add a thin strip of tape on the top to keep them together.

  22. Step 22 (Optional)

    To make sure the cardstock and window sheet images are secure, punch out a piece of coordinating colored cardstock with your circle punch, fold in half and tape over both pieces.

  23. Step 23 (Optional)

    To secure them even more, add an eyelet.

  24. Step 24

    Push sliding images all the way in, fold window panel over and tape together on the back.

  25. Step 25

    Add embellishments if wanted, then tape your entire magic card on your 5 1/2"x 4 1/4"piece of cardstock.

  26. Step 26

    Finish your card!


Your Turn

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

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Questions and Comments

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

I am really in love with the website, guys excellent job. Keep it up.

I am new to this website and to tell you the truth I am a do-it-all card maker, from the background paper to ...everything in a card, plus I dont have access to all these great resources like the embossing or even the Stamp-a-Majig. It would be great if you could explain more about the uses of all of these tools... Well, forgive me, I guess that would be advertisement for the product, but I think it would be great for me to see if it is worth getting it. Or you know what? it would be even better if you could suggest a different way of doing it without buying the tools.

I am sorry this was too long. Keep up the awsome job.

Karla  |  Tue Feb 12, 2008 at 6:57 PM
This is a wonderful card I plan to do a similar card for christmas....
Tereasa  |  Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM
Hi Beate. just wondered if I don't have a Coluzzle, where do I get one or is there another way to work out the circle sizes until I can get a Coluzzle. TFS
Sue  |  Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 6:00 AM
Sue, you can use any other kind of circular cutting system. You can also use punches or die cut templates.
beate  |  Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 8:19 AM
I love this card, but I confess to be directionally challenged. I went through about 8 different sheets of paper trying to score it and cut it and fold it in all the right directions. Mostly to little to no avail. I did end up with a functional magic card, but only after I cut, jammed, shoved and cussed loudly. *sigh*
Trina  |  Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 6:13 PM
Wow! This is ingenious, I can't wait to try it, I have the same stamp. It is one of my favorites. Thank you so much for sharing.
Cathy Sue  |  Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 3:25 AM
Help--PLEASE!!! I am great at following directions; but for the life of me (and many, many sheets of paper) I can NOT figure this card out--and I want to desperately!! Do you have a tutorial for it on youtube by chance--or would you consider doing one?
Pam  |  Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 2:19 PM
Please help!! I am very good at following directions, but for the life of me--and many sheets of paper--I can NOT figure this one out! Do you have a tutorial for it on youtube by chance--or would you consider doing one? Any help would be most welcome.
Pam  |  Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 2:24 PM
YES!! Would you consider doing a YouTube video on this!! I would GREATLY appreciate it!!
Jan smile
Jan Daly  |  Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM
Is there a video for this card, it will be helfully for a french scrapper!!!! thanks
DODO49  |  Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 4:47 AM
I would like it also very much if there were a you tube video about this card, It would be much easier to see how you have to make this card. Please Beate, would you please make such video?
hawimail  |  Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 4:24 PM
I love the look of this card, but I'm also finding it hard to follow the directions! A YouTube video would be great!
Tanya  |  Mon May 31, 2010 at 11:15 PM
please make a video of this card for youtube. TIA
Jeanie  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM
Dear Beate,

Thank you for putting so much effort into this. I know every thing is spelled out for us...but I just can't get this straight! Is there any chance you will be making a video tutorial on it?

Thank you so much!
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Wed May 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM
very cute and fun card
Wendy Fairbrother  |  Sat Oct 1, 2011 at 11:15 AM
hello, im only a young card maker just in high school i love making cards :D and this one is magical so please wish me luck as i go make it
Anne  |  Fri Oct 7, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I want to make a magic card and I wonder if I can make one with a stamp.
Who does have the answer for me?

Thank you very much,
with kind regards,
Marga van Son  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Page 1 of 1 pages

You need to be logged in to comment


Splitcoaststampers's privacy policy