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In this Instructable I am going to show you how to make a card, that can display two different images. You will be able to use your own pictures or drawings in order to customize it.

My mum loves getting Christmas cards, so I made her on with this sliding mechanism a few years ago (it is still standing on her desk). After stumbling over the files on my computer, I figured I could alter it and send it to the instructable team to thank them for all the awesome prizes I've won in the contests.
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Step 1: What you need and templates

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Stuff you need:
  • Printer
  • Thick paper (I used 160 g/qm)
  • Scissors
  • Metal ruler
  • Box-cutter


You can download the templates here. In order to open and edit them you will need inkscape.

Step 2: Preparation

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You will have to start by editing the inkscape files. Open template1.svg, in it you can change the images, that will later be displayed. Press ctrl+i to import an image. It should be 8x10 cm you can either scale it beforehand or in inksape.

You will need both of your images twice, so copy and paste them. Next press shift+ctrl+a to align your image, by first selecting your image and then the according image in the template (make sure it says "Last selected" under "Relative to"). Select "Center on vertical axis" and "Center on horizontal axis". Then send your image to the back by hitting "end" on your keyboard and delete the robot picture.
Do so with all of he images.The one on the top will be the one seen first.

Print all the files from the templates and move on to the next step.

cheesmc1 year ago

Hi, is there any other ways to open the template as I couldn't get my Winrar to work for my Mac. Could you perhaps please upload another template just for Mac? Thank You :)

BrittLiv (author)  cheesmc1 year ago

Hi, here is a link to a zip file:

Thank You So Much! I really appreciate it. :D

vling1 year ago
Hi! This is a great card idea! However, for some reason I am unable to download the template into inkscape, the file has a .rar format and i can't open it in inkscape. Not too sure if there is a problem with the download link? :/
BrittLiv (author)  vling1 year ago
Hi. you need winrar (download) to unpack the files. It is free, just follow the download link
sabeen1 year ago
I love this and this is exactly what I was looking for since August. Is there a way I can download it in PDF format?
BrittLiv (author)  sabeen1 year ago
Hi, take a look at the first step. I have uploaded the inkscape files. They are better, because you can customize them.
Moini1 year ago
I did :-) The secret (which isn't easy to show in pictures) is to insert the blue part of that T-shaped thing (in the picture you posted in your answer) into the long pull stick. After I understood this, the cards turned out perfect. Thank you again!
BrittLiv (author)  Moini1 year ago
Wow, you've been busy! They turned out great! Thank you for posting the results
Moini2 years ago
Thank you - the next card is due in February, I hope I get it right then :-)
Moini2 years ago
I made one and it turned out quite nice, though the pushing back is a bit fiddly - but I didn't quite understand what that last t-shaped piece is for and how to glue/tape it into the card. Could you elaborate on this or maybe post a picture where the t-shaped piece has a different colour so that I can see exactly where it needs to be placed? Thank you!
BrittLiv (author)  Moini2 years ago
the piece actually stabilizes the mechanism. I've uploaded a picture (red lines are visible, blue lines not). Sorry that it took me so long, I somehow missed you comment.
ejay12 years ago
Thankyou! Me and my sister made one of these with a family photo on it to send to our grandparents back home in Australia, it's a really nice design :)
BrittLiv (author)  ejay12 years ago
I'm glad that you were able to follow the instructions, I wasn't to sure about them.
I saw this in the office the other day, and I was so excited about it! What a cool idea, I am so glad you posted how to make it. -{o_o}-
BrittLiv (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
Thank you, I'm glad you guys liked it!
I just saw this at the office too! Very cool!