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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

T Slide Tutorial

T slide, T shape...  Which is it?  I really don't know but you get what I mean.  Are you ready for my tutorial?  I hope so because here it goes...  AND REMEMBER, you can click on any picture to make it larger to view ~ just hit your back button to come back Ü
Here's a sample of what you will need, I kinda added and subtracted as I went.  But here is a list:
  • 5 1/4" square of card stock (card base)
  • 5" square of 2 sided (prefered) designer paper (card front)
  • 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" piece of card stock (for inside sentiment)
  • 4" x 1" strip of card stock (for slide mechanism)
  • 4 1/2" x 1" strip of card stock (for slide mechanism)
  • 1" (or 1 1/4") circle punch
  • Stamps, ink, embellies, cutting mat, metal ruler and scrap DP and card stock
You will take your 5" square piece of DP and flip it over to the "wrong" side and make your pencil lines.  Make pencil lines 3/4" inch in on each side.
Now you will make a cut on 3 sides along the lines and a score along the last line.  You will also take the center piece and measure 1 1/2" in and score, then again and that should leave you with a 1/2" score at the end.
On the end with the 1/2" score mark approx. 1/2" in from there and make 2 parallel lines approx. 1 3/8" in length and cut to make a place for your hidden message to come out of.  I like to use my metal ruler to make the cuts ~ it insures that you make a straight line.
Now your paper should look like this.  You will have 3 cut sides and one scored side.  You will have your 2 score lines 1 1/2" from each other on the flap and one that is 1/2".  You will also have the notch cut out where your slider message will pop out.  And remember, this is all on the "wrong" side - the other side will be the card front.
Now turn the paper 180 degrees so the score line is on the left.  Take your 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" strip of paper and score 1/2" on one end.  You will add adheside to the 1/2" end and adhere it down to the edge of the scored side of your 5" square peice.  (Did I explain that right?  Sometimes I know what I want to say and it does not come out that way...)  Then tuck the other end in the slot that you made.
I love making these cards, they are fun.  It's kinda cool to watch when you give people a card you've made and they can "play" with it.  Some people are amazed that you've made something like this...  It puts a smile on my face to watch them.

So now you will take the 4 1/2" x 1" card stock strip and insert it thru the hole of your 1" circle punch and round off the edge.  If you want to add a piece of matching DP cut it at 4 1/2" x 3/4" and repeat the same process to get the matching rounded edge.
Then tape the two together.  This will make it so you don't have to add a tab to the end that you pull.  I find that when you add a tab or circle on the end it hangs up when you try to close the card.  With this there are no pieces to get caught when you close the card.  If you've made the card the way that the tutorial asks you will notice the difference.
Now add the piece we just rounded to the 4" x 1" piece as shown.
Still working on the "wrong side" you will attach tape to the 1/2" scored piece on the flap as shown.  Take your T Slide piece and adhere it down.
Ok, if your still with me, you are almost done ~ really.  This is how your card should be looking like now.  You have your message slider (the green piece) under the T slide mechanism.  Now take your tape and apply it to the outer edges of the card front.  Make sure that you dont apply tape to any area too close to where the T side will go.  Once that is done you will flip it over.
This is where you will adhere it to the 5 1/4" square piece of cardstock.  BUT, before you do so if you'd like another piece of DP to coordinate you would need to add it to the 5 1/4" square piece before you add your card front that we just worked on.  I did not in this tutorial, I just used stamps, but the other cards I did I cut a piece of DP 4" square.

This is also when I add the sentiment to the inside slider instead of at the beginning.  This way I can make sure that it is hidden in case I goofed on a score or measurement.
Now is when you can begin to decorate your card.  If you add a panel to the front make sure that you only adhere it to the far right side 1 1/2" scored area or the card will not open properly.  The panel can be bigger than that area, just make sure that the tape is not applied any place else.
This is my finished card.  The base card is Cherry Cobbler that I layered with Gable Green and DP from Creative Imaginations called Iron Orchid Designs.  The image is from Darcie's that I colored with my pencils and gamsol.  I stamped the swirls from The Angel Company called Butterfly Swirls. 
The sentiment inside is also from The Angel Company, it was their gift with purchase stamps.  I stamped that with Real Red ink and punched it out with my Marvy super jumbo scallop oval punch.
I wanted to add some ribbon to dress it up a bit so I added some ruffles with my red grosgrain ribbon the edge.  As an after thought I put the button on the pull tab and just added a piece of ribbon thru the holes. 

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.


Betty said...

Cute Card !
Simple - doesn't look it to me -- this will have to be made at our next playdate!


Newbie said...

CUTE. CUTE!! I love it! And thanks for the tutorial! The pics made it real nice, and easy to understand. (I am a VISUAL person and SEEING really helps me to understand) You did an excellent job. Thank you

Whimcees said...


I love this card! It is wonderful! Such a happy card - great everything about it!

Thank you for the very good tutorial! I am inspired to make one!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Barbara Diane

daisyrand said...

what an excellent idea, love it!