Peek-a-Boo Card

by Norma Lee

A sliding panel reveals a hidden message or image when this card is opened.


  • Plain cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Scor-Pal or other scoring tool
  • Oval/circle die, no wider than 2 3/8", to create the windows (Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small used here)
  • Label or other shape die, slightly larger than the oval/circle die, to create the frame around the window (Spellbinder Labels Twenty-Eight used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Removable tape
  • Craft glue
  • Other supplies as needed to finish card (e.g. images, sentiments, embellishments)


  1. Step 1

    Cut out 3 pieces of plain cardstock:
    5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
    5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    5 1/2" x 5 3/4"

  2. Cut out 3 pieces of patterned paper:
    5 3/8" x 5 3/8"
    two at 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"

  3. Step 2

    Place the 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" plain cardstock on the scoring board. Score at 2 3/4" and mountain fold along the score line.

  4. Step 3

    Adhere the 5 3/8" x 5 3/8" patterned paper to the cardstock as shown. This is for the card front. Set aside.

  5. Step 4

    Place the 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" plain cardstock on the scoring board. Score midway at 4 1/4" and valley fold along the score line.

  6. Step 5

    Adhere the two pieces of 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" patterned paper to the cardstock as shown. The is for the inner card. Set aside.

  7. Step 6

    Place the 5 1/2" x 5 3/4" plain cardstock on the scoring board. Score at 5 1/2" and fold along the score line. This is for the card back. Set aside.

  8. Step 7

    Take the card front and turn it upside down. Place the oval die, with the blade side down, midway between the top and bottom, with the cutting blade flush against the edge of the folded panel. Secure with removable tape as shown.

  9. Unfold the paper and run through the die-cutting machine to create a window (Window #1).

  10. Step 8

    Remove the oval die cut, but leave the die in place.

  11. Step 9

    Take the inner card and place it back-to-back with the card front, aligning the edges.

  12. Trace the inside edge of the oval die lightly with a pencil as shown.

  13. Step 10

    Remove the oval die from the card front and place it precisely around the pencil-drawn oval on the inner card. Secure in place with removable tape.

  14. Step 11

    Keeping the inner card folded, run it through the die-cutting machine.

  15. Step 12

    Open the inner card. There should be a window (Window #2) at the left-hand side and a groove from the oval die on the right-hand side.

  16. Step 13

    Fit the die into the groove, and secure it with removable tape.

  17. Run it through the die-cutting machine to create Window #3.

  18. Step 14

    Refold the inner card. Apply glue to the back of the panel that has Window #2 as shown.

  19. Step 15

    Adhere the card front to the inner card, aligning Window #1 to Window #2, as shown.

  20. Step 16

    Take the card back, and apply glue to the 1/4" flap.

  21. Adhere to the back of the inner card that has Window #3.

  22. Step 17

    Create a frame for each window, by die cutting a shape that's slightly larger than your oval window, then die cutting the same size window within the shape.

  23. Step 18

    Apply glue to the back of the frame and adhere around window. Do this for all three windows.

  24. Step 19 (Optional)

    Option 1 - for images/sentiments die cut with the same oval die used for the windows:
    Apply glue to their backs and slip them through the windows, one to be adhered to the card back and another to be adhered to the sliding panel.
    Skip to Step 23.

  25. Option 2 - for images/sentiments die cut with a different die than the oval die used for the windows:
    Take the image/sentiment for the card front and insert from behind the window as shown. Arrange it in place.

  26. Step 20

    Open the card to where the image is on the card back and trace the outline around the image lightly with a pencil.

  27. Step 21

    Apply glue to the back of the image and and adhere to the card back, using the sketched outline as a guide.

  28. Step 22

    Repeat steps 19 - 21 with the second image/sentiment, this time using the sliding panel attached to the card front.

  29. Step 23

    Decorate the card with additional sentiments, embellishments, etc., as desired.

  30. Step 24

    Complete the card.

  31. The finished card measures 5 1/2" square.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Peek-a-Boo 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.

Wow, that is a gorgeous card and your instructions are so clear, thanks for sharing it with us, can't wait to have a go at it.
Margaret Jenks  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 5:50 AM
What a lovely idea - and so easy too. I simply have to try it.
Bridget Keenor  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 5:51 AM
What a great idea. And your explanation is so clear that I think I will be able to do this. Thank you for sharing your lovely card!
Glenda Lee Nutting  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 6:17 AM
Norma, this is brilliant! I love the wonderful interactive window! What a great tutorial, the photos and instructions are so easy to follow! Very well done!! I can't wait to try this one!
Anne H.  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 7:20 AM
This looks like fun! Can't wait to try it!
muscrat  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 7:42 AM
Thank you! This is THE BEST tutorial video ever, and an adorable card. Thank you for the clear directions and the very special card, Norma.
Prisssequito  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 7:58 AM
Awesome! I can't wait to make one! Thank you!
Audrie Magno  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 8:41 AM
This looks like fun--I will definitely try it! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 9:25 AM
I've tried twice now but I'm messing up on attaching the piece that has the quarter inch on the end. Help! Ill post a picture I. My gallery after I finish
muscrat  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM
This technique looks amazing and I love your clear and precise instructions. I plan on trying this today, but I did see the comment by Muscrat and I am a bit confused to over that part too, but I will give it a try and see what happens.
Sally Assinewai  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 10:34 AM
Maybe I did it right, it looks like the 2nd picture in Step 16. Does the back get left unglued?
muscrat  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 11:13 AM
I absolutely adore this card. Thank you for sharing and providing such clear instructions.
Michelle Johnson  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 11:18 AM
Thank you!! This is WONDERFUL... and your video is perfect... thank you!
Cathy Hanes  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM
I'm sorry for being such a pain but I think I finally figured it out! I glued the back piece to the wrong side! LOL Thanks for the fun time today!
muscrat  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 12:18 PM
Thank you for sharing this. I am looking forward to trying this myself. Directions are very clear.
Georgie  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 1:42 PM
This is so pretty..I going to try these....hopefully ...tfs
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM
I love this! Hope to give it a try. Thank you!
Suzi  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 7:21 PM
Thank you so much for the wonderful instructions and video. I have been wanting to make one of these cards, but hadn't found instructions that were easy to follow. I will be attempting this type of card this weekend. Thank you again.
Deanna O  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 10:11 PM
What a lovely card and very clear explanation.
Thank you
eluned jeffery  |  Thu Feb 19, 2015 at 2:28 AM
This is my all time favorite card design (I make the A2 size) and I absolutely LOVE that you've created a tutorial for a larger card that allows larger images to be used in the windows. Very clear instructions too. Thanks for the inspiration.
KellyRae  |  Thu Feb 19, 2015 at 10:10 AM

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