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DIY Rocket Ship Slider Card – Free Printable Pattern and Cut File

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Today I’m excited to share another DIY slider card with you – this time a Rocket Ship Slider Card! I had a lot of fun figuring out how to make my Winnie the Pooh Honey Pot Slider Card a few weeks ago, and since this week I am setting up our new homeschool preschool theme – space! – I had rocket ships on my mind!

I created this card with my Cricut, and you can grab the free SVG cut file to create your own! I also have a free PDF pattern if you want to cut this out by hand – which is totally doable! Make this card in whatever fun colors you want! You can create the cute three-eyed alien, like I did, or put a picture of your child’s face in its place – this would be especially cute for a birthday party invite or birthday card!

Another fun part to this slider card: as you slide it open you can count down 10-0 to “Blast Off!!” the rocket ship! So much fun! Let me know if you try and make this card! I am new to creating slider cards and have been having fun figuring out the mechanics and creating the cut files. These come together so quickly with my Cricut Explore, I wound up making a bunch in different color schemes! It makes a cute valentine with the words “I love you to the moon and back”.

Supplies Needed for DIY Rocket Ship Slider Card:

  • Rocket Ship Slider Card PDF Pattern and SVG Cut Files – Links located at the end of this post
  • Card stock
  • Scor-Tape
  • Glue stick and/or tape runner
  • Tombow glue *optional
  • Cricut Explore
  • Cricut Pen

Step One: Use the pattern to cut out all of the shapes. I used the SVG cut file and my Cricut Explore to cut everything out and write the words “Blast Off” and the numbers. You can easily write these by hand if you are not using a cutting machine! Just make sure anything you write stays between the two scor-lines. These lines are marked on the PDF pattern in pink.

Step Two: Start by covering the large rocket ship shape, (the one with the rectangle cutout of it) with adhesive. I used Scor-Tape around the straight edges and a glue stick for everywhere else. It is important that the edges around the cutout rectangle have strong adhesive on them to keep the sliding card from slipping out. Scor-Tape is super strong and lays nice and flat so this worked great.

I used my small scissors to cut pieces of Scor-Tape to fit the notches at the bottom of the card. 

I used a glue stick from my kids craft supplies to fill in the rest!

Adhere this piece to the large rocket ship. 

Step Three: The slider card will now fit perfectly into the cutout area of the rocket ship. Test this a few times to make sure everything will work.

Once you are sure everything will work, it is time to adhere the top layer of the rocket ship. Cover the middle layer (the piece with the rectangle cutout) with adhesive, the same way you did before. Again, make sure the area surrounding the cut-out rectangle is covered with strong adhesive.

Lay the slider card in place and cover it up with the top rocket ship layer. Press down firmly.

The slider card should now pull out easily – but stop before it pulls out all the way!

Step Four: Attach the poof of smoke to the bottom of the slider card. Cover the bottom end of the slider card with adhesive. I used my Scor-tape for this. The top edge of the smoke should line up with the bottom score line.

Below you can see what the back of the card will look like at this point. I added a rectangle, with a strip of Scor-tape, to the back of the card to add some stability.

Step Five: Time to decorate the rocket ship! You can decorate the ship any way you’d like or follow my example below. I adhered the nose of the rocket ship (red) and the window (yellow) along with a stripe (teal). I then wanted to create a little porthole window for my alien. First I glued down a circle (purple).

I then added the little alien but only glued his body down, leaving his antennae free.

I slipped the circle border (yellow) under the alien’s antennae and glued this down. Then I glued the antennae down over it.

Using my Tombow, I added three eyes to my alien.

The final touch was to add some dots (red) underneath the teal stripe and my rocket ship was decorated!

You can see the rocket ship in two different colors below! They both used the same pieces from my rocket ship pattern.

You can write a special message on the slider card. These would make fun party invitations for a space-themed birthday or sweet cards. I made one for Valentine’s Day with the message “I love you to the moon and back.”

These slider cards turned out so fun!! I love the addition of the little aliens! As I mentioned above, you could switch this up and add a picture of your child’s face or even a little paper astronaut!

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library. The PDF is under Paper Patterns, Cards and Gift Tags. You’ll find the SVG cut file under SVG Cut Files, Cards and Gift Tags. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!

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