by Beate Johns

Create a slider box with a hidden message.


  • One 5" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock for the box frame
  • One 6 3/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock for the box
  • One 2 7/8" x 5" piece of cardstock for the slider frame
  • One 2 3/4" x 4" piece of cardstock for the message tag
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Square punch
  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Embellishment, Tim Holtz Hinge Fastener used here
  • Additional cardstock and/or patterned paper to decorate your box
  • Stamps, optional (Verve's Blessings used here)


  1. Step 1

    Punch a square into the center of the short ends of the 2 7/8" x 5" piece of cardstock. This will be your slider frame.

    (FYI: Since I didn't have a square punch, I used a photo corner punch I owned.)

  2. Step 2

    Cut a strip of a plastic bag. Make sure the strip is thinner then the groove you created on your slider frame.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap your plastic bag strip around your slider frame. Add Scor-Tape™ to one end of the plastic strip.

  4. Adhere the other end of the strip over the adhesive and cut off the rest of the plastic strip.

  5. Step 4

    Place the 6 3/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock into the Scor-Pal™. Score at 1" and 2" on the 6 3/4" side, flip the paper and score at 1" and 2" on the opposite side.

  6. Turn your cardstock 90 degrees and score at 1", 2", 6 1/2" and 7 1/2" on the 8 1/2" side.

  7. Step 5

    Cut the outer three corner squares of the scored cardstock off and cut glue tabs out of the remaining square.

  8. Pre-fold all the score lines.

  9. Step 6

    Add Scor-Tape to the lower panels on each side.

  10. Flip the cardstock around and add Scor-Tape to each of the tabs.

  11. Step 7

    Peel off the adhesive liner off the sides with the glue tabs.

  12. Fold the outer panel over the one with the adhesive to create the first two box sides.

  13. Step 8

    Peel off the remaining adhesive liners. Adhere the glue tabs to the box sides.

  14. Fold the outer remaining outer panels over to complete the box.

  15. Step 9

    Add an embellishment to one of your box sides. This will make it easier to open the box.

    (I used a Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener for my sample.)

  16. Step 10

    Decorate your 2 3/4" x 4" piece of cardstock. This will be your sliding tag.

    Mine was left mostly white so a message can be added later.

  17. Step 11

    On your slider frame, slide the plastic strip so that the overlapping piece is all the way to the right. Line up your box with the left end. Add adhesive to the plastic strip where the box will end.

    This is important as the tape will stop the box. You want it as far back on the plastic strip as you can.

  18. Adhere box over the slider part, lining up the box front with the left side of the slider frame.

  19. Step 12

    Turn the slider frame over. Line up the tag with the right of the frame and add adhesive to the plastic strip where the tag will end.

  20. Adhere the tag face down over the frame, lining up the front of the tag with the right side of the frame.

    Add more adhesive to the part of the slider frame that is not covered by the tag.

  21. Step 13

    Score your 5" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock at 1", 4", 5" and 8". Pre-fold your score lines.
    This will be the box wrapper.

  22. Step 14

    Peel off the adhesive liner on the bottom of the slider frame and adhere it inside the box frame.

  23. Step 15

    Add adhesive to the glue tab of your box frame.

  24. Adhere the box frame over the slider frame to finish the slider box.

  25. Step 16

    Decorate the box top.

  26. Fill your box with goodies.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Sliderbox. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This looks like a great project Beate. I can't wait to try it out. Thank you for more great inspiration.
Annette Sullivan  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 4:15 AM
Gorgeous Beate!!!
Catherine  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 5:26 AM
this box is so neat. can't wait to try it. love your videos as I try my project I can look at video to make sure I did it correct. Thanks !
wanda welch  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 5:51 AM
Bravo! Very Impressive!
Renee Carson  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 6:40 AM
Great little gift, I love little things I can make ahead to have on hand for the unexpected or just because.
Love your video's you do a fantastic job explaining and showing your projects.
Thank you for sharing!
Teri  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 6:43 AM
Beate, you always come up with such wonderful ideas. I just LOVE your projects. I'll be giving this a try, FOR SURE.
Regina aka Mrs. Ham  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 7:02 AM
Love it. I'm thinking I could make the tag with slots to put a gift card in there.
DisneyLisa  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM
This is a lovely box and your video makes it look very easy to make. I will definitely be giving this one a try. Thank you for showing us how to make this little beauty.
Dani  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM
What a fantastic tutorial Beate, it takes the little gift box to a whole other level! Thank you for this brilliant idea and the very clear tutorial!!
Astrid Maclean  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM
BEATE!!! THIS IS AMAZEBALLS!!! smile *hugs*
Julie Ebersole  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM
I Love this! You are outstanding!
Kathy Knight  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Hi, Beate! This little box is stunning! As usual, your choice of colours and the finishing details is impeccable. Love, love, love it! Thanks for the inspiration.
Bela  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Beate, Thank you so much this is a great project. What die cut did you use for the decor on the front of this box? Was it nestibilites or stampup new nesting dies. I could find the exact ones online any hints just love this.
Thx Leslie
Leslie Strand  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM
I used the largest Label 17 Nestabilities die for the top and bottom of the box.
beate  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Beautiful project! I can't wait to try it!
mary calderwood  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Awesome! I love this! And I love the framed sentiment, it's beautiful! What die did you use?
Deanna  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Deanna, the sentiment is on a piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with a Fancy Tag 3 die.
beate  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The video link is not working on this.
Betty  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Betty, you might have to update your flash player. The video link is working for me.
Beate  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Hi Beate,
This is the first time I've tried one of your projects and it is awesome! Thanks!
Sharon  |  Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

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