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Pull Tab Sentiments Tutorial

Would you like to learn how to make fun and dynamic cards in just 15 minutes? Well, keep on reading or watch the video below.

I used Pool Party cardstock to make the featured card. I use Stampin' Up! cardstock for most of my projects. I love the colours and the card has a great weight to it. It's thick enough to use as a card base but it's also great to use for toppers. I also like the fact that for every card there is a perfectly matching coloured ink, and also patterned paper.

Here are some examples of other cards I made using the pull tab system. Some have ribbon that you can pull and others have just the tab with word 'pull' written on it. I personally prefer the ribbon. Not only it has a functional use but it also adds more interest to your card.


  • coloured cardstock size 21 x 15 cm. This will be your card base. I used Pool Party.

  • white panel size 14 x 8 cm to stamp your main image on.

  • 13.7 x 3.5 cm strip of patterned paper

  • 13 x 1.7 cm strip of card for your main sentiment (the same colour as your card base)

  • a 12 x 1.7 cm strip with a different pattern on

  • a 10 x 2 cm strip of white card for your pull tab

  • a 10.5 x 2 cm strip of red or orange card (I used Calypso Coral)

  • a piece of thin ribbon (orange or red)

I start with the base and fold it in half. I do all my stamping first. This way I am sure that the ink had enough time to dry before I assemble the card. I am using a lovely leafy stamp from the We must Celebrate stamp set by Stampin' Up. I am using the same coloured ink as the card (Pool Party). I make a pencil mark to guide me as to where I want the image to be. I only need to ink the stamp lightly as the ink pad is very juicy, and the last thing I want is to have too much ink on the stamp.

I like the subtle image when using the same colour of ink and card.

Next I do the sentiments. I get the 13 x 1.7 cm strip of coloured card and the 10 x 2 cm strip of white card. I am using the same stamp set to create the entire card. I have selected the happy birthday and the from all of us sentiments. I am using my Stamp Perfect tool. I tend to use it for all of my stamping. I bought mine from Hobbycraft for about £25. I have tried a few different stamping tools (Tim Holtz & Stamparatus) but this one is, in my opinion, the best value for money, and it does the job perfectly. I also like to use my Mini Misti for smaller projects.

I position my stamp on the card and close the lid of my stamping tool. I am using Calypso Coral ink pad for both sentiments. I position the sentiment on the left, leaving space on the right as that's where the animal characters will go later on. I stamp the sentiment twice to make it a bit darker. Next I am stamping the sentiment for the pull tab. This goes onto the right, leaving a bit of space on the edge for the ribbon. Again, I stamp the sentiment twice.

Next I am going to stamp the cute animal characters from the We must celebrate set. I position the stamp onto the 14 x 8 cm panel. I am using the Memento tuxedo black ink. I am only going to use two of the characters so I am not worried too much about inking the rest of the stamp. Before I continue, I clean the stamp with the Stazon cleaner. This solution removes any permanent ink from your stamps. Rubber stamps are much easier to clean than photopolymer ones. The photopolymer stamps tend to get discoloured after some time in any case.

I coloured the image using my Nuvo alcohol markers. I use these for all my colouring. They blend nicely. The only downside is that they don't have a brush nib. I cut out the image with scissors, leaving a white outline. It's definitely much easier to have stamps and matching dies. Saves you from the tedious cutting!

Once I have done all the stamping, I need to cut the lace trim. I have used a 10.5 x 2cm Calypso Coral card strip (any red or orange card will do). I cut the lace trim using Martha Stewart border punch.

The last thing to do before assembling the card is to create the pull tab. I punch a small hole for the ribbon using my clippers (they remind me of one of the dentist's tools). You can use a small circle punch or just an ordinary office hole punch. I pull the ribbon through and secure it in place with double sided tape. Make sure you don't peel the top layer off the tape, unless you want to stick another strip at the back to make the tab look neater. This is a good idea especially if you are using random re-purposed offcuts of paper as I do (mine have text printed at the back so to hide this, I could glue same sized white strip at the back).

Now we can finally assemble the card. I start with the larger patterned panel which will hide the pull tab mechanism. I like to use foam strips from Stampin' Up. These are great for pull tab cards. I also use them when making shaker cards. They are long and thin, and if you are making shaker card with a circular window, you can easily shape and bend them to achieve the shape.

I have cut a small piece of white card, about 1 x 2.5 cm. I am going to stick it onto the pull tab, using a strong double sided tape. This will create a T shape which is the key part of the whole mechanism. I then measure against the panel to see where I need to put the foam strips. They should just about touch the T end of your tab but still leave enough space for it to move easily. I use two strips along the longer sides of the panel, and one on the shorter, left side. I will also put another short strip further right to stop the pull tab from sliding all the way in.

The next important bit is to place two small strips on the right to stop the tab from being pulled out completely. They should just about touch your tab without stopping it from moving. You can use embossing buddy to help the tab move smoother. You can apply this on the inner sides of the foam strips before you peel the top layer off.

Now I am ready to assemble the card. I place the die cut leaves on my card. I don't need to use glue as the foam strips that I put on top will keep it in place. I used leaves from Jar of Love set. They are delicate and thin, and work nicely as a background. Next is the lace trim, and a small patterned strip. I am using a tape roller because it's quick and easy but you can use any glue or tape. Then I glue down the strip with sentiment. I have cut a little V out on one end just to add a bit more interest. Finally I can glue the animal characters on. Feel free to add any embellishments of your choice, such as gems, nuvo drops or sequins.

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