How to Make a Foiled Slider Popup Card
Learn how to make a foiled slider popup card with the free SVG template from the Resource Library. While making this project, learn how to use the Foil Quill tool by We R Memory Makers, and the Gemini Foilpress by CraftersCompanion.
You will find the SVG, PVGC and FCM cutting files for this project in the FREE Resource Library. Download the free cutting files. You can right click on the file link, and select Save Link As or Save Target As. Save it to your computer. When the download is complete, double click on the downloaded file and select Extract All. Then open your preferred cutting software, and import the cutting files. There is one file that contains all the design pieces. Because there are lots of design pieces with intricate detail, I have broken down the file into three smaller pieces. You can use the basic popup slider design to embellish in many different ways.
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Supplies Needed to Make the Irish Blessings Slider Popup Card
White 80# cardstock
One sheet printed cardstock for base card
Coordinating pastel cardstock.
Glue that dries quickly.
Strong, double sided adhesive
Electronic Cutter – Pazzles Vue, Scan N Cut, Cricut Explore or Maker, or other cutter that uses SVG files.
If you wish to add foiling to your design, you will need foiling tools. These are the ones I used for this project.
Crafter’s Companion Gemini FoilPress Foil Roll for Papercraft- HollyFoil
We R Memory Makers Foil Quill
Cutting Files from the Free Resource Library
Cut your Card Pieces
Score the red lines. Foil the small dark green pieces and text using the Foil Quill. I cut the larger shamrock from heavy white cardstock and foiled it using my Gemini Foilpress. You can use plain green cardstock, or green mirror or glitter cardstock if you have some. I didn’t have the exact shade of paper I wanted, so I decided to use my Holly Green Foil.
The large pink piece is the base card. I think it looks best if you use some designer paper that is double sided. I chose a sheet of paper from the Peony paper pad from Crafters Companion. You may use the light green frames around the foiled designs if you like. I used one cut from the patterned paper and placed it around the foiled design on the tag.
The tag is the piece that forms the inside slider. The smaller pink piece forms the hidden message inside of the card.
Fold Your Slider Card
Fold the base card in half on the center score line. The cut window on the front of the card has several fold line. Make a valley fold at the top of the window. Make a mountain fold at the center of the window. Finally make a valley fold for the tab at the bottom of the window. Burnish the folds with a bone folder or similar tool to make nice, crisp fold lines.
Prepare the Designs for the Inside of the Foiled Slider Popup Card
You do not have to foil these designs. You can alternately use a metallic pen to draw the designs with your cutter. I created the very delicate small shamrock designs and the textured text so that I could play with my new Foil Quill.
Introducing the Foil Quill to Make a Foiled Slider Popup Card
Drawing with the Foil Quill using a cutter is not much more complicated than drawing with a pen in your cutter. Instead of placing a pen in the cradle, select the adapter that is appropriate for your machine. Hold the quilling tool in one hand, and rotate the adapter around the threads at the top of the Foil Quill.
The pink tool has an ultra fine tip, the blue one has a standard tip, and the black one has a bold tip. I used the blue Foil Quill for my project. Select the adapter for the cutter you are using. Adapter A is for use with Silhouette machines such as the Cameo, Craft Robo, Wishblade, etc. T B Adapter is for use with Brother Scan N Cut machines. Adapter C is for use with all Cricut machines, as well as Pazzles machines. And Adapter D is for use with Sizzix Eclips, and any machines that can use the Sizzix Blade holder, such as KNK Zing, Zing Orbit, and other machines.
If a machine can use a pen, you should be able to use the Foil Quill either with one of these adapters or without an adapter. Hold the Foil Quill in one hand and turn the adapter around the threads near the top of the tool.
Select the Correct Type of Foil for use with the Foil Quill
Not all foils will work with the Foil Quill. Heat reactive foils for use with toner sheets and laminators and machines like the Minc will not work with the Foil Quill. In addition to the foils designed to work with the Foil Quill, the foils made for use with the Gemini Foilpress will work. There are several small rolls of foil included with the purchase of the Foil Quill Kit. There is only a small sample of foil in the kit, so if you plan to use your Foil Quill a lot, you may wish to order more. Here is the foil I used for my foiled slider popup card.
Power up the Foil Quill
The USB cable on the Foil Quill is designed to plug into a powered USB port. You can plug it in to a USB port on your computer. If you have a Cricut Maker, you can plug it into the USB port provided for charging your tablet. Do not plug it into a data port on your cutter, such as the ones on Scan N Cut machines. You can use a power supply made for charging your cell phone. The cable was not long enough for me, so I purchased a USB extension cord at Dollar Tree to help the cable reach to a USB port on my computer.
The Foil Quill needs to heat up for 5 minutes before you use it. So plug it in before you start assembling your Foiled Slider Popup Card. When the Foil Quill is plugged in, the top of the quill lights up.
Prepare Your Mat, Paper, and Foil
Place your paper on your cutter mat. Cut a piece of foil about 1″ larger than your design. Place the dull side of the foil down on the paper. Tape around the edges of the foil using the low tack tape included with the Foil Quill package. If you cut out your tag and backing piece for the inside of the card first, you don’t need to use the low tack tape. You can place the cut foil over the cut cardstock, and tack the excess foil to the adhesive on your mat. However, this may result in some foil residue on your cutting mat. If you do not want foil on your cutting mat, do the foiling first.
Foiling the Designs using the Foil Quill
Select the portion of the design you wish to foil. Select “Draw” in your cutting panel. Set the pressure appropriate for drawing with a pen. I set mine a bit higher. Do some small tests to see how your pressure, speed and choice of tip work with your foil. Once your cutter has completed “drawing”, remove the Foil Quill from your cutter, and replace the blade assembly in the holder. Without moving the mat or cutting head, cut out the shapes on which you foiled.
Foil the large Shamrock
Cut the large shamrock from your preferred media. If you plan to use the Gemini Foilpress foil, turn on the Gemini Foil press, and insert the heating plate. Set the temperature to medium. Cut the large shamrock from white cardstock.
When the Gemini Foilpress beeps and a green light shows next to the Medium heat setting, place the foil, shiny side down on the Foilpress plate. On top of that, place the right side of the large shamrock down over the foil. Place a half sheet of heavy white cardstock over the large shamrock. Place a black magnetic shim from the Gemini Junior over the paper shim, and place the foilpress carbon plate over the top. Set the heat for 45 seconds. When the machine beeps, remove the stack from the foilpress and place into the Gemini Junior for the necessary pressure.
If you will be foiling with a toner sheet and laminator using heat reactive foil, cut the large shamrock from a black toner sheet. You can make a toner sheet by printing a black page using a monochromatic black laser printer. Or you can go to an office supply store and make photo copies of a black sheet of paper. Cut the large shamrock from this toner paper. Fold a piece of printer paper in half. Place the dull side of a heat reactive sheet of foil down on top of the shamrock, and place both inside of the folded printer paper. Set the laminator to heat up. Once heated, place the folded edge of the printer paper with its contents into the laminator.
You now have a large foiled shamrock for your foiled slider popup card.
Slider Assembly for Foiled Slider Popup Card
Here is how to make a foiled slider popup card with the pieces you have prepared. Close the card base on the center fold line. Lift the window flap to expose the inside bottom of the card. Glue the piece that says Irish Blessings to the inside bottom of the opening using quick drying glue on the back of the foiled piece. Next, glue the foiled Irish Charm piece to the top of the tag. Glue the frame over the top of this piece.
Open the card to the inside. Place a strip of double sided tape along the bottom edge of the window flap. Also add strips of double sided tape along the outside edges and bottom of the inside front of the base card as shown below.
Remove the covering of the tape, and adhere the bottom edge of the tag, design side down, to the bottom edge of the window flap. Next, close the card, so that the back of the card is permanently stuck to the front, forming a pocket. Now when you pull the tag up at the top of the pocket, it pull the flap up with it.
Now the popup flap has formed, and it will serve as a platform for your large Shamrock.
The designs on the inside of the card and on the tag are revealed when the tag is pulled up.
Decorating the Slider Popup Card Front
Now that the popup mechanism is formed, you can decorate it with the large foiled shamrock. Add quick drying glue to the back side arms and lower stems of the large shamrock. Do not get glue on any part of the shamrock that overlaps the window of the base card. Also do not add any glue to any part of the shamrock that hangs above the window fold.
Now that the large shamrock is glued to the popup mechanism, assembly of the foiled slider popup card is complete. When open, you can see the foiled sentiment on the tag, and the foiled sentiment on the front of the card.
Slider Popup Card front when open
When the card is closed, the inside sentiments and foiling are hidden. The large shamrock is displayed proudly on the front of the Slider Popup Card. You can add a ribbon to the tag to make it easier for the recipient to know to pull on it.
Now it is your turn! Share the with your friends on Facebook. I would love to see what you make with the basic slider popup template.
Special credits: The lovely fret pattern I used to create the shamrock design was shared by Diana Tunnicliff. She has shared thousands of her lovely designs with cutter users. She shares the links for her creations in a number of Facebook groups, including the Cutter Software Facebook Group. If you would like to see the process I used to create the Shamrock design, you can watch a couple of my YouTube Tutorials: Make A Lacy Shape and Create a Lacy Shamrock.
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