Two Image Sliding Card

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Introduction: Two Image Sliding Card

About: I am a chemical engineer from Germany especially interested in computational fluid dynamics. To balance all the theoretical work, I like to make stuff in my free time

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

Stuff you need:

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

Templates:

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

Attachments

Step 2: Preparation

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.

Step 3: Top Image

Cut the image out, as shown in the first picture. Remember to cut the slots (red lines) into the the thing laying on the left of the first image. Then fold it along the blue dotted lines.

Place the slides into the slots and glue them to the back. Enlarge the third image to see where to glue the last piece. Afterwards glue the flap on the back close.

Step 4: Back Image

Cut the background image out as shown in the first picture and glue them on top of each other, by putting glue on one of the images as shown in the first picture (click on the image to see the annotations). Make sure that the image is aligned right.

Carefully push all the rounded corners to the back, as shown in the third image.

Step 5: Assembly

Carefully push the two images together. This is a bit tricky, because every slide of the front image has to be placed underneath the back image and pushed upwards.

Now cut out the remaining pieces and glue the card to the cover as shown in the third picture. Attach the remaining piece as shown in the fourth picture.

The last thing you will have to do is to use tape to glue the cover shut and glue it onto the card.

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    30 Discussions

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    laura.stacey1992
    laura.stacey1992

    7 months ago

    Hello, would this work for a poster? around a3 or bigger? would the template work for that too?

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 7 months ago

    Hi, theoretical yes. You can just scale the graphics up. I am not sure how stable it would be though.

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    MollyCatrin
    MollyCatrin

    8 months ago

    Hi!
    I'm having a bit of trouble opening the template, obviously looking at the comments its just me having this problem!
    I have downloaded inkspace and the card file but the file doesn't want to open in inkspace on my laptop! Honestly can't work it out. It doesn't look as though inkspace likes the .rar file,
    Could you help me with this?
    Thank you!
    Molly

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    SimoneN13
    SimoneN13

    2 years ago

    Hi there! is there any way you could re-upload the link to zipfile version of the template for mac? none of the other links work on mac and the zip link from previous comment reply is not working anymore :/ sorry about the trouble!

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    amber_studs
    amber_studs

    3 years ago

    hullo! any chance that you still have the templates for the sliding card? thank you!

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks, I didn't realise that the download link stopped working I reuploaded it to step 1. Have fun!

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    malcolm.buys
    malcolm.buys

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, great idea. Any chance that you could share a picture?

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    malcolm.buys
    malcolm.buys

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Will definitely take a pic tonight and upload, in the meantime i have created a template that you may use.

    wooden frame.png
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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, those are a work of art!! Amazing! Thanks a lot for posting

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    cheesmc
    cheesmc

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, here is a link to a zip file:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/26598333/Card.zip

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    cheesmc
    cheesmc

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    vling
    vling

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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? :/

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi. you need winrar (download) to unpack the files. It is free, just follow the download link

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    sabeen
    sabeen

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    BrittLiv
    BrittLiv

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, take a look at the first step. I have uploaded the inkscape files. They are better, because you can customize them.