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Blank: Magic slider card

magic slider - colour

Another catch-up post; this card was originally made on May 6th as part of the Clear and Sheer class.

A magic slider card has been on my list of techniques to try ever since I first saw one. I’ve come across a few tutorials, but the one from Kelly Marie Alvarez in Online Card Classes’ Clear and Sheer class is so well explained it actually gave me the confidence to try it myself. If you have any interest in using vellum and acetate on your cards, I would really recommend this class — so many ideas…


I am not going to attempt to write up the exact steps involved in creating this card; that would require diagrams at the very least! Essentially you create a pocket with a window on the front and a piece of plain white card sandwiched in the middle. The coloured version of the image goes on the inside back of the pocket and the outline image is stamped on acetate and mounted in the window lined up over the coloured one. The white card slides in and out of the pocket, hiding and revealing the colours.

magic slider - bw

The trickiest part of this style of card is making sure the two images line up correctly, but creating a folded pocket rather than trying to align separate layers does make it much easier.

The magic slider card takes a bit more time to make (especially the first time you do it) and requires more precision than a lot of card designs, but it’s an interesting technique and definitely worthwhile giving a go.

magic slider - detail


Online Card Classes – Clear and Sheer


  • stamps:
    Some Odd Girl – in stitches Tia
  • inks:
    Stazon – jet black
    My Favourite Things – hybrid – black licorice
  • Copic markers:
    skin – E50, E51, E21, BV20
    hair – E97, E09, E29
    heart – R35, RV29, R39
    top – R30, R20, R32
    trousers – E51, E55, E25, E29
    shoes – E53, E55, E25
    buttons 1 – R20, R30, R32, R43
    buttons 2 – RV11, RV32, RV34
    buttons 3 – RV21, RV23, RV25
    shadow – W00, W0, W2, W4
    outline – B0000
  • paper and card:
    Crafter’s Companion – heat resistant acetate
    Neenah – solar white – 216gsm
    Studio Light – paper pad – PPSL14

3 thoughts on “Blank: Magic slider card”

  1. I’m a,ways in awe of people who can do these kinds of cards – they do look really impressive, but I’m not sure I could do the fiddliness required! Love the image and your colouring is fab as usual. Xx


    1. Although I did spend an age making sure I understood what I was doing and was cutting everything to the right size (but that’s just the annoying way my brain works), I have to say that the method demonstrated in the class was the clearest and most straightforward I’ve come across.


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