A penny-roller card (also called a slider card) adds fun to your handmade greetings and can be adapted to many occasions. I chose a Christmas theme this time.  Find out how to make one right here on this page.

You can also adapt this card to suit many other happy occasions. Scroll down to see instructions and suggestions for changes, but maybe go find two small coins first, such as two five cent pieces or two thin dimes.

They will be essentials for your spinning mechanism.

A penny roller card with gingerbread men.

How to Make a Penny-Roller Card

Aren't the gingerbread men cute? They were made with a matching stamp set and set of Framelets dies from Stampin' Up! (now sadly retired). I stamped three of them in Versamark on More Mustard cardstock (also retired) then embossed them with Iridescent Ice embossing powder (again, retired!) It made them look like sugared cookies to me.

Then I set them aside to make the rest of the card.

Here's how I made my penny-roller card:

  1. Make a card base from half a piece of A4 cardstock. I chose Lucky Limeade (retired) for mine. Work with it in landscape orientation.
  2. Cover the front of your card with a piece of designer series paper.
  3. Cut a piece of cardstock at 5cm x 15cm and cover it in designer series paper (dp). Use a glue stick or similar to make sure the dp s adhered well to the cardstock
  4. Turn the 5cm x 15cm piece over and draw a pencil line down the centre, lengthwise.
  5. Cut a slot as wide as a Stampin' Dimensional along your piece, but leave the ends uncut.
  6. Adhere two coins together with a double stack of round dimensional foam (I used Stampin' Dimensionals with the hexagonal corners nipped off)
  7. Slide the double stacked coins into the slot and check to see that they roll freely up and down it when the piece is tilted from side to side.
  8. Adhere the slotted piece to the front of your card with double-stacked Dimensionals, avoiding the slot.
  9. Adhere your best gingerbread man to the coins and tilt your crd to see if he spins across it. If he doesn't, check for any obstacles along the slot.
  10. Finish your card with more gingerbread men, a button and a sentiment.
Penny roller cards with different designer series paper accents.

Adapting for Other Occasions

Now you know how to make a penny-roller mechanism, you can make one with stars for a birthday, flowers for a congratulations day, a mortar board hat for graduation day, or make more Christmas cards with little spinning snowmen, trees or mugs of hot chocolate images.

The possibilities are endless! Have fun!

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