Pull-Tab Slider Card

by Julie Masse

Pull a sliding tab to animate your card and reveal a message.


  • Cardstock
  • Ink
  • Stamps – a focal image and sentiment stamp(s) (TCP Besties clear set used here)
  • Slot and circle dies, or ruler and craft knife (TCP CutUps Slider die set used here)
  • Adhesive (Glue Dots and foam dimensionals used here)
  • Other stamps, dies and embellishments as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    To prepare the sliding panel, cut cardstock to 3.25" x 5". Die cut a pull tab from cardstock, then fold the piece in half and adhere the open side to the edge of the panel. Stamp a sentiment on the panel if desired.

    To create a pull tab with a small circle die, fold a small piece of cardstock in half. Position the die so one side slightly overlaps the fold. Cut as usual.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a slider slot in the card front. The slot for the sample is approximately 1/4" wide by 3.75" long. The cut can be horizontal or vertical.

    If using a die, use a bit of low-tack tape to hold it in place for cutting. If you don't have a die, cut the slot with a craft knife.

  3. Step 3

    Die cut another tab from cardstock. Run a line of adhesive up the center, and fold the tab in half to align the circles. Fold across, then turn the sides back to form an “I” shape.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp, color, and cut out the focal image of the card. Adhere one side of the tab to the back of the image using a glue dot.

    Be sure that the center of the slider tab is oriented to the direction in which the image should slide.

  5. Fold the other side of the tab in to insert it through the slot. Lay the tabs flat.

  6. Step 5

    Align the slider and sentiment panels, and adhere the back of the slider tab to the sentiment panel.

  7. You will now be able to slide the image back and forth using the pull tab.

  8. Step 6

    Add foam dimensional adhesive to the back of the card front around 3 sides of the sentiment panel, leaving the end with the tab free of adhesive.

  9. Step 7

    Adhere the panels to the card base. Embellish as desired to complete the card.



  1. Turn the slot to create a vertical slider.

Your Turn

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

For those of you who don't have a slider die or work well with a utility knife I've made slider cards using the word window punch - it just makes a wider "slide" area. Just an FYI...... I do plan on trying this technique.....
Lynn Lehrman  |  Wed Apr 9, 2014 at 5:55 AM
woohoo! Julie I love your tutorial. this die is soooo fun and easy to use.
Lisa Henke  |  Wed Apr 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM
like this idea and card design really fun
Karen Eaton  |  Wed Apr 9, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I don't believe you video tutorial was accurate in it's demonstration. I haven't made this card yet, but after watching the tutorial I believe it would have been beneficial to decorate or show the slider piece of cardstock finished however you want it to be when completed before you attach the slider (bike in this case) component to the slider piece. How would you decorate /stamp it once it is attached to the top portion of the card? I hope this makes sense. It's kind of hard to explain in words.
Sue Cicero  |  Wed Apr 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM
I would have appreciated knowing the measurements for all of the card pieces instead of just the sliding panel.
Beth C  |  Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 8:51 AM
Sue, thanks for your input! This time we had different designers working to create the photo and video tutorials. Hopefully the photos above cleared up your confusion. You can find a more complete video tutorial on The Cat's Pajamas channel HERE.
dina  |  Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM
Hi Beth! The card base in the sample is a standard 4.25"x5.5" size, and the front panel is sized at 4"x5.25", leaving a 1/8" border around the edge. Sometimes we post general instructions so that they can be adapted to any size card or project.
dina  |  Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 9:18 AM
Personally, I found the card delightful, the instructions more than adequate and the video excellent. Thanks for a cute tutorial!
Lura  |  Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM
The die that was used is not expensive and the shipping charges were also cheap so I did order them. Can't wait to get them. I have made slider cards with word window punch and pennies am hoping die will make process easier, or maybe I just wanted a new thing. Anywho can't wait to get it.
Pat Nimmo  |  Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 6:31 AM
Thank you for sharing this tutorial! It was easy to make the card and there were "ohs and ahs" when I handed over the birthday card. grin

But I found that the spacer was a bit to high, so I added a strip of foam in between the two round cardstocks. I also made a "garage" (very simple just a paper over the left side) for the movable Picture, in my case a cute ghost, so that when you pulled the tab the ghost appeared. Hope you understand what I mean...

Thanks again for this Lovely technique!
Helena Svensson  |  Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:24 AM
I wish the video had included the how-to WITHOUT the dies. Disappointing.
Debra  |  Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 6:03 AM
@Debra - the written instructions above contain the dimensions to complete the project if you don't have the die smile
Lydia Fiedler  |  Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM
Yes, I'm aware of that. I did read the directions. smile I would have liked to see the video SHOW the process because it's harder to do it without the dies. As is, it's more like a commercial for the dies than a project tutorial.
Debra Emmrich  |  Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 6:39 AM
Great - happy we could provide directions for you. It's not always possible have every conceivable variation in each video - that's why we are glad to provide free tutorials with both written and video instruction.
Lydia Fiedler  |  Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 6:42 AM
Hello Julie,
I realy like your card, it's very cute smile Thank you for the tutorial smile
Kristina Petkova  |  Fri Aug 1, 2014 at 4:25 AM

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