Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Matchbox Slider Pop Up Card

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Dec 30, 2017

Matchbox Slider Pop Up Card


Valentine matchbox slider pop up card



This little box is a combination pop up card and treat container or gift card holder.  Perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday gift,  or any occasion.


Pulling the drawer forward activates the pop up element. 



front of matchbox slider pop up card


When the drawer is closed the pop up decorative element lies flat on the top of the box.



closed matchbox slider pop up card

Video of the completed card showing pop up action.




The inspiration came from a gift card holder made by Danielle of Scrapbook Maven.  She made hers from a commercially available, pre-made box.  Not having such a box in my stash of crafting materials, I made my own cut file version! 


How to make a matchbox slider pop up card and treat box

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The pieces are:  inner box (top left), wrapper (bottom), rear slider (top right), front slider (middle right).

Cut out and score pieces: all interior lines are score lines except the window of the wrapper, which is cut.

The wrapper and box are sized for Bazzill weight card stock.







matchbox slider pop up card pieces


Construct inner sliding box

Video of inner box construction.



Fold in long sides.
inside box matchbox slider card

Spread adhesive on short end.

matchbox slider pop up inside slider

Adhere with tabs inside short end.

matchbox slider pop up card inside complete

Construct wrapper

Coil wrapper around inner box to fit.  Adhere with tab.

matchbox slider card gift card candy box wrapper


matchbox slider card gift card candy box wrapper


Inner box should slide freely.

matchbox slider card gift card candy box wrapper and slider box

Identify back slider (two tabs) and front slider (one tab).  The tab on the front slider is the smaller rectangle.


matchbox slider card gift card candy box wrapper and slider box slider pieces



Remove the drawer from the wrapper.


Adhere front slider tab to underside of the front of the wrapper.  Since the front slider is the window cutout,  it fits exactly in the window, side to side.

Video showing attachment of front slider.



Slide the drawer into the wrapper. Push the drawer toward the front a bit.
Line up one end of the back slider with the floor of the drawer, centered on the inside back of the drawer.  Adhere the tab of the back slider to the inside of the drawer.  The slider and the other tab should stick up through the window cut out.

Video showing attachment of back slider.



Bring the second tab of the back slider over the top of the front slider.  Adhere the tab to the front of the front slider.

Video showing joining of the back and front slider mechanisms.



Pull the drawer all the way forward and pinch the sliders together to make sure they are lined up properly.


matchbox slider card sliders attachment



When the drawer slides back the joined sliders should form an inverted V and then flatten completely in the window.

Video of the pop up mechanism in action.






matchbox slider card closed



Adhere decorative elements to the front of the inverted V, taking care not to impede the movement of the sliders or the drawer.

I added a button pull to the front of the drawer and a ribbon tab to the back of the wrapper to make it easier to pull the drawer open.






3 comments :

kg said...

Thank you, Carol!!!!

claude said...

so lovely
thank you

Paloma Vigan said...

merci..tres joli boite
et bonne annee 2018