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How to Make a Pull Tab for a Pop-Up Card

Learn how to make a pull tab for a pop-up card in the first video of a 2-part Howcast series with expert Jessica Tice-Gilbert.


I'm now going to show you how to make pull tabs. Take a piece of card stock; I've cut mine in half and we're going to fold it in half for the base page. Match the edges and the corners together and crease it really well.

Now for a pull tab it actually goes underneath the base page; so we're not going to open it up like a pop up. The mechanics are actually going to go inside here and this is the backing piece to cover it.

What we're going to do is we're going to mark a slot on the base page about an inch and a half wide and an eighth of an inch tall. Our pull tab is going to come through there. Take the Exacto blade and very carefully cut out a slot. Take another piece of card stock. Make sure it is just under the height of your base page. This one is a little tall so I'm going to trim it down in a minute but we also want to make sure this piece is a little smaller than the slot we've just created. What I'm going to do is underneath the slot I'm going to put the second piece of card stock underneath, line it up so you can just barely see the edge of this piece. I'm going to mark where the slot is so I have a good idea as to how wide the pull tab is going to be. I'm going to make it a little smaller than what we just marked.

Take a pair of scissors and cut right on that mark all the way to the top. Mine was a little too tall so I'm just going to knock off about a quarter inch. Now we have what's going to end up being the pull tab. If we slip it underneath we can see that's going to be the pull tab; that's going to pull down and it's going to push back up.

For this one I'm actually going to make a little mouth, very much like a little puppet. I'm going to cut out a rectangle and I'm going to close it up again. I'm going to mark on the back of the base page where that square is. We're just going to fill that in, outside of the lines, with a pencil or a marker or a darker shade of paper. You can now see the opening. When I put my pull tab in there you can see that it covers it. It opens and closes, opens and closes. But it's wobbly right now so when you have pull tabs you're going to have to anchor it down. Next I'm going to show you how to secure the pull tab to the back of the card.

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