Who doesn’t love a pull tab? It is almost as much fun as bubble wrap! In this post I will show you how to make a super fun pull tab card that will delight all ages and genders!


Hooray for Surprises Stamp & Die Bundle
Poppy Parade Card Stock, a quarter of a sheet + 5cm x 5cm (2″x 2″)scrap
Petal Pink Card Stock, a quarter of a sheet + 5cm x 5cm (2″x 2″) scrap
Crushed Curry Card Stock, a quarter of a sheet + 5cm x 5cm (2″x 2″) scrap
Basic White Card Stock, a quarter of a sheet + 5cm x 5cm (2″x 2″) scrap
Sunny Day Designer Series Paper 10.2cm x 9cm (3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″)
Poppy Parade Stampin Pad
Whisper White Stampin Pad
White Embossing Powder (from Basics Embossing Powders set)
Heat Tool
Embossing Additions Tool Kit
Paper Trimmer
Multi Purpose Liquid Glue
Stampin Dimensionals
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tear & Tape or Glue Dots-optional
1/4″ Gingham Ribbon, 20.5cm (8″) -optional
Shaded Spruce-light Stampin Blend -optional


In my example, Poppy Parade card stock is used as the card base and cut to 14.85cm x 10.5cm (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″). The first layer is cut from Petal Pink, 14.3cm x 10cm (5-1/4″ x 4″). Cut second layer out of Crushed Curry, 13.8cm x 9.5cm (5″ x 3-3/4″). And for the fourth layer use Basic White, cut to 13.3cm x 9cm (4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″).

Cut 1 piece of patterned paper, 9cm x 5.7cm (3-1/2″ x 2″). Score this piece along the top (9cm/3-1/2″ side) at 1.3cm (1/2″), fold and burnish. (If your patterned paper is directional pay attention here, ask me how I know this is important. LOL). Your left over piece of patterned paper should measure 9cm x 4.5cm (3-1/2″ x 1-1/2″) . If not trim to 9cm x 4.5cm (3-1/2″ x 1-1/2″).

Using white ink stamp the birthday cake image three time, once onto the scrap of Poppy Parade, once onto the Petal Pink scrap and the third onto the Crushed Curry scrap. Emboss using the white embossing powder and heat tool. Die cut the three images with the matching die.

Evenly spread a very thin layer of glue over the back side of the 9cm x 4.5cm patterned paper. Glue to the bottom of the Basic White piece of card stock. Try to not let any of the white show around the edges. Set aside a moment to dry.

Spread a thin layer of glue over the back side of the 9cm x 5.7cm UP TO THE FOLD LINE. Do not go over the fold line. Place down on the top of the white card stock with the fold line at the top so the patterned paper will fold down over the piece and lie along the back. Set aside a moment to allow the glue to thoroughly dry.

The next step is to stamp the inside greeting. This will be stamped onto the Crushed Curry layer. Place your white layer with the patterned paper next to the Crushed Curry piece of card stock to determine where to stamp the greeting. When the card is finished and ready to send the area where the patterned paper is affixed to the bottom of the white layer will be glued down to this layer, so you will need to use this as a guide to show you where to stamp your greeting and write your message. I used Poppy Parade to stamp the greeting.

We are now going to die cut the pull tab for our card. Using a scrap of Basic White card stock and the pull tab die cut out an “end” piece for the finished pull tab. See photo. Stamp the word Pull from the Hooray for Surprises stamp set in Poppy Parade.

Now line up the pull tab die onto your white and patterned paper layer. Be sure the tab end is right on the right edge. I used some removable tape to hold the die in place. Run the layer through your die cutting machine. Carefully remove the tape and the die. This is a bit delicate here and you want all the pieces to remain attached so your recipient can pull the tab. When the die is free of the card layer, place the tape back down onto the back of the card so you can protect the tab during the next step.

Time for some assebmling. Glue the Petal Pink card layer ontop of the Poppy Parade layer leaving an equal amount of Poppy Parade showing on all sides. Next glue the Crushed Curry layer onto the Petal Pink layer, again leaving an equal amount on all sided.

If using the ribbon, cut it 20.5cm. Color it with the Light Shaded Spruce Stampin Blend marker. Alow it to dry for a few moments. Wrap the ribbon around the white/patterned paper layer, centering it up in the middle of the white section. Bring the ends to the front and secure under one of the birthday cakes.

For the top layer, place glue on the folded back patterned paper tab, place the layer down so that there is an equal amount of Crushed Curry showing on all sides.

If you are thinking about doing the graduation card and including some money this wrapped around ribbon would be a great place to put some folded notes.

Place the small birthday cakes in a row on the white card showing on the top layer. I used a stampin dimentional to pop them up a bit. I also placed the smallest size of the Rinestone Basic Jeweles to decorate the cakes for a bit of sparkle. Glue the white pull tab you made earlier to the end of the pull strip being careful to keep the pull strip in place.

If you plan to store this card and send it later, skip this next step until you are ready to send. Otherwise write your message near the inside greeting and proceed with the next step.

Remove your temporary tapes from the back of tab. Place a thin layer of glue over the bottom section underneath the die cut pull tab. See photo on the left. Close the layer so that the bottom of the white/patterned layer is glued securely to the Crushed Curry layer. Now the only way the card can be opened it to pull the tab!

Thank you for reading this post. I think this is one of the most fun cards I have done to date. There are more of these fun “pull tab” designs in this stamp and die set. I look forward to trying them all.

P.S. Do you just love that patterned paper? It was free when I bought the Hooray for Surprises Stamp & Die Bundle during Sale-A-Bration. Order before February 29, 2024 to get your free designer series paper pack. See Sale-A-Bration details on the offers page.

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