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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Wiper Card: Monthly Graphic 45 Card Tutorial

Hi Crafty peeps! ReNae here with the FotoBella Design Team! I’m here with another card tutorial for our year-long Graphic 45 Card & Tag series. In today’s tutorial we will be making a fun-fold card called a Wiper Card!

wiper card

A wiper card is an interactive card from the Z-fold family. It’s essentially a pop-up card with a swinging tag that pops up with a swiping motion when both ends of the card are pulled. This card truly is as much fun to make as it is to receive! There are lots of wiper card tutorials on the internet, with several different variations of the pop-up mechanism. After many trials and errors, I found this one works the best!

The Paper Collection

For this tutorial we are once again using the beautiful papers from Graphic 45’s “Fashion Forward” paper collection. The March papers feature a vibrant color palette of sapphire blue, emerald green, and citrine yellow, and capture the flamboyant style of the 1920’s! The vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative designs of these papers are both fresh and familiar.

Let’s Make a Wiper Card

Here are the supplies you will need to create the wiper card.

Graphic 45 Fashion Forward 12x12 Paper Pack, (March papers) Die-cut Assortment, Chipboard, Ephemera & Journaling Cards, Stickers, Scor-Tape 1/4" Double-Sided Adhesive by Score Pal, Tape Runner, Extra Strong Wet Glue, 110 lb. Cardstock, (Black) Scoring Board, Paper Trimmer, Ruler, Bone Folder, Dimensional Tape, Crystals, Detailing Scissors, Graphic 45 Black Ink, Golden Rod Stickles and decorative dies. You can find almost everything you’ll need on our website at

Follow the pictorial tutorial below to see how to make your wiper card!

  1. For your wiper card, cut out two panels, one measuring 4 1/4” by 8 1/2” and the other 2 1/4” by 8 1/2”, the a small piece measuring 1” by 1 7/8”.
  2. Score both pieces at 1 1/2” and 3”

Assembling the Wiper Card

  1. Adhere the patterned paper pieces to the front side of the black card stock.
  2. Adhere patterned paper to small strip, then using Scot-Tape or wet glue, adhere strip to large panel directly below image of blue lady.
  3. Use bone folder to burnish patterned paper to black strip. Press firmly.
  4. Open the flap of your wiper card so that the bottom piece is flipped open and fold is on the left side. It is now time to work on the pop-up mechanism!

The Pop-up Mechanism

  1. Remove the March image of the lady with the big hat from the Ephemera pack, and fussy-cut image trimming hat to make it smaller. Cut out her hand separating her fingers.
  2. Cut a piece of acetate 1/2" x 3". Place a large glue dot on end of acetate strip.
  3. Ink edges of image with black ink, and adhere hand to front of blouse. You want it to look like she is blowing kisses!
  4. Fold small black cardstock to create a point and place along the small fold. (I have used patterned paper here for easier viewing) Then adhere acetate strip to mechanism so that it sticks out on the left side.
  5. Press the image of the lady down onto the acetate strip. You may have to adjust it later so don’t add another glue dot yet!
  6. Flip the fold back to the right and trim the acetate so it goes just to the back of her head. (see photo)
  7. Play with the mechanism on your wiper card to get the placement of your pop-up just right. Add a second glue dot to acetate behind the lady’s head.

Finishing Up

All that’s left to finish your wiper card is the bling! And if you want to add some vintage diecuts like I did, now’s the time! If you don’t have dies you can use the yellow trim from your patterned paper.

Wiper cards are fun and very versatile! I hope you enjoyed this fun fold card tutorial and will join me very soon for the March TAG tutorial! Happy Crafting!


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