Triple Tier Slider Card

by Heather Summers

Pull on the top tab and watch hidden layers slide out from the bottom layer.


  • One 11 5/8" x 4 1/2" piece of patterned paper
  • One 10 3/4" x 3 3/8" piece of patterned paper
  • One 9 3/8" x 3" piece of patterned paper
  • Two 1/2" x 2 7/8" strips of cardstock (slider tabs)
  • Cardstock to layer images and punch out tabs
  • One 7/8" x 2 3/4" piece of watercolor paper, or neutral cardstock (for top image)
  • One 1 3/4" x 3" piece of watercolor paper, or neutral cardstock (for middle image
  • One 2" x 3 1/2" piece of watercolor paper, or neutral cardstock (for bottom image
  • Paper Cutter with scoring tool
  • Ribbon
  • Tab punch
  • Adhesive
  • Stamps and ink


  1. Step 1

    Score the 11 5/8" x 4 1/2" piece of patterned paper at 3 7/8" and 7 3/4".

    On the end shown, cut two slots that are 2 1/2" long. They will be 1" in from the score line on the left, 1" from the right edge and 1/2" from the top.

  2. Step 2

    Score the 10 3/4" x 3 3/8" piece of patterned paper at 3 3/8" and 6 7/8".

    On the end shown, cut two slots - 1" from the score line and 1" from the edge. Each slot will be 2 1/4" long and start 1/4" from the top.

  3. Step 3

    Score the 9 3/8" x 3" piece of patterned paper at 3 1/8" and 6 3/8".

  4. Step 4

    Stamp all the images on watercolor paper.

    Adhere layers to slightly bigger pieces of cardstock if you would like a mat for your images.

  5. Step 5

    Attach the top image to the middle panel of the smallest piece of patterned paper.

    Punch a tab out of cardstock and adhere it so the RIGHT side is facing down (this seems wrong, but it will face the front in the end.) This is the top tier of your card.

  6. Step 6

    Place the second layer of patterned paper so the "right" side is facing down, and the slots are on the right side.

    Weave the 1/2" strip of card stock through the slots - the ends will be on the bottom of the patterned paper.

  7. Step 7

    Flip the Patterned Paper over and fold the ends gently around the it. This creates the sliding mechanism for the tier.

    Flip the paper over so the ends and the "right" side of the paper faces down.

    Attach Sticky Strip™ to the tab of card stock and push the tab to the bottom of the track. With the "right" side of tier one facing down, place tier one onto tier two so the panel is centered and the top edges of the Patterned Paper are aligned.

  8. Step 8

    Attach a line of Sticky Strip™ on the end of the first tier and fold shut.

  9. Repeat with the second tier. Now pull on the tab (gently) and see how the tier slides up.

  10. Step 9

    Repeat the steps of attaching tier two to the third piece of patterned paper.

    Lay the patterned paper with the "right" side facing down. Place the card stock tab in the slots. Flip the patterned paper over and fold down the ends.

  11. Flip the page back over, attach Sticky Strip™ and attach the second tier to the third piece of Patterned Paper.

    Attach a piece of Sticky Strip™ along the end and fold shut to close the bottom layer.

  12. Step 10

    The card is now finished - this is how it looks when it's closed.

  13. Here is the card fully opened.

    A few tricks or tips:
    I suggest using Patterned Paper for this card as the thinner paper is easier to slide.
    I wouldn't recommend too many layers on the middle layers (two max) and no embellishments. If it is too thick it's hard to slide out.
    You can place a gift card in the top tier slot if you'd like another surprise.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Triple Tier Slider 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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Wow!! What a wonderful card, I cannot wait to try this for myself!
christi hicks  |  Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Heather this is SO COOL!! I will be giving this a try tonight!! Can't wait, I love the movement and suprise action!! Awesome tutorial!
Anne Harada  |  Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Looks difficult - thanks for the video! Nice clean look
Karla  |  Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM
OMG this is the cutest card. I love this DP but it does have limited use. I purchased two sets of this DP and now I know what to make. This slider is perfect. Love it! Thanks for the idea!
Lori /mybugandi45  |  Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM
Hi Sharon!
The words are actually stamped with the Sweet Shoppe Alphabet from SU. Sorry to have you go hunting:)
Heather Summers  |  Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM
Thanks for the cute card....I have a question about Step 2. In the instructions it says to scor at 3 3/8 and 6 7/8 but in the picture it shows 3 7/8 and 6 7/8...which is correct? Thanks.
Pam  |  Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 5:07 PM
Wow that is cool and I am going to make one
for a friend of mine who loves sewing and that
stamp is great...
Maryann  |  Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 7:56 PM
cool card, love the stamp set
and dsp. looking forward to some time to try it.
kelly  |  Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 9:16 PM
Thanks for sharing, it's a very cute project. I like it.
Teresa Cisneros  |  Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 12:34 AM
It was just a matter of time for SCS to notice that you create FABULOUS projects! I particularly like this one -- perhaps my "fashion design" background has something to do with that? Gotta love that paper!
Mary-Jane  |  Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 5:18 AM
What a cool card!! Just love it & of course can't wait to make one smile I've been thinking about that particular stamp set & DSP. Just might have to get it since you make the sewing machine look so adorable & irresistible smile Thanks!
michelle  |  Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM
Love it! Can't wait to try it. I'm always up for something different. Thanks so much.
Judy  |  Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 8:34 PM
I would love to make this, I hope I can! It looks complicated for me! lol! I am going to try it though, thank you for the directions. It looks awesome!
michelle  |  Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 6:11 AM
Very hard to follow visually... The paper used was way too busy
Sande Prudhomme  |  Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Great tutorial! I'm gonna try this soon.
Suzb  |  Tue Mar 1, 2011 at 1:11 PM
There is a mistake in step 2 with the scoring because the right side is too big to fit into the left.
It must be score at 3 7/8" not 3 3/8".
Cheryl Cook  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 2:08 PM
iHelp! I'm making this card and having some difficulty. In cutting the slits on the right hand side of the two strips, is that on the inside (the side that won't show) or the outside (the side that will show) of the DSP? Thank you, it really is a super neat card!! Thanks for sharing : )
BethAnn  |  Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Such a cute card. You are very creative! Love it!
Michelle Jensen  |  Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 4:53 AM
Heather...Love your card. Where did you get the stamps for "thanks sew much"? ... or did you make them up yourself? I'll be trying this card - it's great!
Brenda Blum  |  Sat Apr 9, 2011 at 3:13 AM
Loved the card! It is simple but impressive. I cannot wait to find the time to make a few.
Cathy DiBlasi  |  Wed Apr 9, 2014 at 7:12 AM

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