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.

Step 1: What You Need and Templates

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.

<p>Fantastic IBLE, i made one last night then i thought it would work great as a photo frame, so i took 3 pieces of thin wood cut slightly larger than the card and all 3 the section for the pull out part cut into it, the first layer was solid for the back, second one that gets glued to the back i had cut out the exact size of the card, so now with the card embedded in this i glued the 3rd layer on top, this one was cut with a small window that you can only see the photo..... works amazing... so thanks for the idea</p>
<p>Wow, great idea. Any chance that you could share a picture?</p>
<p>Will definitely take a pic tonight and upload, in the meantime i have created a template that you may use.</p>
<p>Photos: </p>
<p>Wow, those are a work of art!! Amazing! Thanks a lot for posting</p>
<p>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 :) </p>
<p>Hi, here is a link to a zip file: </p><p>https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/26598333/Card.zip</p>
<p>Thank You So Much! I really appreciate it. :D</p>
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? :/
Hi. you need winrar (<a href="http://download.cnet.com/WinRAR-32-bit/3000-2250_4-10007677.html" rel="nofollow">download</a>) to unpack the files. It is free, just follow the download link
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?
Hi, take a look at the first step. I have uploaded the inkscape files. They are better, because you can customize them.
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!
Wow, you've been busy! They turned out great! Thank you for posting the results
Thank you - the next card is due in February, I hope I get it right then :-)
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!
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.
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 :)
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}-
Thank you, I'm glad you guys liked it!
I just saw this at the office too! Very cool!

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Bio: Hi, my name is Britt Michelsen, I'm a Chemical Engineer especially interested in Computational Fluid Dynamics. To balance all the theoretical work I like ... More »
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