Automatic Sliding Tab Tutorial

Hi everybody!

It’s been a while since I last posted here, work has been crazy lately and I had no time. This post has been waiting for some time now, and it’s finally done and published for you! Enjoy.

After the great responses for the Deep Purple card and the Winter Butterflies card, I took the time to create this step-by-step tutorial. Night falls so early these days, I had no choice but to take the pictures with terrible artificial light. Not the best conditions, but it’s far better than nothing at all, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

The card I made here was measured to fit a 15X12 cm envelope, so at the end of the process you’ll get a 14X10.5 cm card.

1. Choose the papers you’re going to use for the base of the card: I used light gray cardstock measuring 14X21 cm for the exterior of the card, and a dark gray cardstock measuring 13X20 cm for the interior of the card. Score both to create a center-fold.

2. Take a piece of cardstock, same kind as the one you chose for the interior of the card. Mark with a pencil sections as shown in the picture.

3. Cut the pop-up base and tab from the piece of paper you’ve just marked. This is the time to decide how big you want the pop-up base and pulling tab to be. I went for a 6 cm strip, you can try this out and once you get the idea you can do it any size you want, but no more than your interior card height (in this case – no more than 13 cm). You can see in the picture I’ve cut some corners off, it’ll make hiding the gluing and sliding tabs a lot easier later on.

4. Score the tab as shown below.

5. Fold the scored lines to get the hinges your pop up and tab will need. Notice at the photo that most of the creases are mountain folds, except for the smaller gluing tab.

6. Take the interior base of the card (from step 1) and flip it over. Mark with a pencil the trail of the tab, following the measurements shown below.

7. Cut 2 “C” slots, slightly wider than the tab’s trail real width. That way, the tab will move freely and won’t tear.

8. Flip back the interior base of the card. Insert the tab into the slots and make sure it moves smoothly in there.

9. Add glue to the gluing tab, fold it underneath and press firmly. Allow to dry before continuing.

10. Apply glue to the second glue tab and close the card.

11. Press the card firmly to allow the glue to dry.

12. Open the card and – voila – the mechanism is ready!

13. Glue the interior base to the exterior base, and you’re ready to decorate the inner and outer side of your card! Use the pop-up base for any flat decorations, either busy or simple and clean.

Try it in different sizes and be creative!


11 Responses to “Automatic Sliding Tab Tutorial”

  1. 1 Natalie March 7, 2011 at 19:21

    That’s co cool! I can’t wait to try it! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Your tutorials are always so awesome and helpful!
    Thank you once again!

  2. 2 ShirA March 7, 2011 at 19:50

    Thank you! It’s great knowing that the tutorials are helpful and clear. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 3 ืžื™ืžืก March 8, 2011 at 09:30

    ืชื•ื“ื” ืจื‘ื” ืขืœ ื”ื“ืจื›ื” ืžืขื•ืœื”!
    ื‘ื›ืœืœ ื›ืœ ื”ื›ืจื˜ื™ืกื™ื ืฉืœืš ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ื™ื ืžืงื•ืจื™ื™ื
    ื•ืžื“ื•ื™ื™ืงื™ื !

  4. 4 Dr Sonia S V March 10, 2011 at 19:41

    I just discovered your site and am so excited. I love pop up cards. Cant wait to try out this card.
    Dr Sonia S V

    • 5 ShirA March 10, 2011 at 20:16

      Thank you Sonia!

      Most of my tutorials can be created by or with children (I visited your lovely blog :)). Your pop up cards are lovely! You should make some tutorials yourself.

      You are my first active visitor from India, and I find it very exciting! You are most welcome to sign up for the blog, I make sure to upload a tutorial every once in a while. Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. 6 Alma7 March 30, 2011 at 21:26

    And this beauty is all mine!
    Thanks a bunch, again and again!


  6. 8 Rosetta Jenkins February 13, 2015 at 17:53

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I caught it on Pinterest and have pinned my image from your blog. I am looking for inventive interactive mechanical cards. So, forever grateful for your idea and tutorial!

  7. 10 Anonymous June 10, 2016 at 19:44

    Your measurements make no sense, but your photo’s do. Thank you

  8. 11 Cristel Van Holder-De Smet July 28, 2016 at 17:04

    omg how great, I am going to try it now ! Thanks so much; Cristel from Belgium

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