How to make a penny slider card

Love interactive cards? Learn how to make a slider card with a beautiful whirling butterfly, or adapt the design to make something new and unique!

Butterfly slider card

The card featured in this how to guide is Debbie Simpson’s penny slider card design, which was in Papercraft inspirations magazine issue 149.

This project will show you how to make a circular shaped track for the penny slider – created using two circle nesting dies.

To make this card, the track needs to be slightly narrower than a penny. That way, the coin can hook on to each side of of the track and it won’t fall out easily.

We’ve used a butterfly slider here, but you could easily replace it with another animal or object to create your own unique cards – a football or a rocket could transform this into a fun card for a child! Take a look at more great slider card ideas using our free penguin printables, too!

Card with moving butterfly

Shopping list

  • Basic card kit, plus
  • Patterned papers
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Circle nesting dies
  • Butterfly die
  • Sentiment stamps
  • Washi tape
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive gems
  • Pennies (small coins)
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Step 1

Mat and layer two contrasting patterned papers onto a piece of white card measuring 17.5×12.5cm. Die-cut an aperture onto the card front, using washi tape to secure the die.

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Step 2

Take the die-cut circle and use a smaller circular die held in place with washi tape to make a smaller circle to form the inner edge of your track. Stamp the sentiment onto it.

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Step 3

Wrap a green ribbon around your card front and glue in place. Add a bow and finish with an adhesive gem. Cut a 7x5in base card and mat and layer with a coordinating patterned paper.

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Step 4

Cover the back of your embellished card front with strips of sticky foam pads. Add more strips to the small pink card die-cut circle. Now you’re ready to make the slider element.

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Step 5

Stick a round sticky foam pad to a penny (or small coin). With the pad facing upwards, build the slider track above the penny by sticking the pink circle and card front to the 7x5in base card.

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Step 6

Remove the backing from the penny’s foam pad and attach a second penny above it. Top with a pretty die-cut butterfly. Ta da! You’ve made a stunning butterfly penny slider card.

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