Animated Cards with Background Image

Animated Cards with Background Image
Project: BG expanding cards
Author: Eder Díaz
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License: MIT

This code snippet helps you to create animated cards with a background image effect. Basically, it is used to animate text overlay over the card element with a smooth transition. You can use this effect on cards to show our contant when the background image is on hover. Animated cards appear to be using the Vue.js framework to create a dynamic user interface for displaying a list of recipe cards.

Additionally, the code includes mouse-over and mouse-out event handlers that call the “hoverCard” method with the corresponding card’s index in the array to highlight the selected card.

How to Create Animated Cards with Background Image

Create the HTML structure for the animated cards as follows:

<div id="app">
  <div class="card-row">
      v-for="(card, index) in cards" 
      <img class="card-image" :class="{'selected': isSelected(index)}"
      <div class="card-footer">
        <p class="card-text">RECIPE</p>
        <h3 class="card-title">{{card.title}}</h3>
        <p class="card-text">by 
          <span class="card-author" :class="{'selected': isSelected(index)}">{{}}</span>

Now, style the animated cards using the following CSS styles:

body {
  background-color: #E1E7E7;

.card-row {
  display: flex;
  justify-content: center;
  align-items: center;  
  min-width: 780px;
  width: 100%;
  height: 500px;

.card {
  position: relative;
  background-color: #FFFFFF;
  height: 370px;
  width: 240px;
  margin: 10px;
  overflow: hidden;
  box-shadow: 0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
  transition: height 0.3s, box-shadow 0.3s;

.card:hover {
  height: 410px;
  box-shadow: 20px 20px 40px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);

.card-image {
  /* center horizontally overflown image */
  position: absolute;
  left: -9999px;
  right: -9999px;
  margin: auto;

  height: 220px;
  min-width: 100%;
  transition: height 0.3s, opacity 0.3s;
.card-image.selected {
  height: 410px;
  opacity: 0.3;
.card-footer {
  position: absolute;
  bottom: 0;
  height: 130px;
  padding: 10px 15px;
  font-family: Helvetica;

.card-text {
  font-size: 14px;
  color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.7);
.card-title {
  font-family: Serif;
.card-author {
  font-size: 14px;
  color: #BAB096;
  transition: color 0.3s;
.card-author.selected {
  color: #6a6456;

Load the following scripts before closing the body tag:

<script src=''></script>
<script src=''></script>

Finally, add the following JavaScript function for its functionality:

const cards = [
  {title: 'Gooey PBJ Brownies', author: 'John Walibur', image: ''},
  {title: 'Crisp Spanish Tortilla Matzo Brei', author: 'Colman Andrews', image: ''},
  {title: 'Grilled Shrimp with Lemon and Garlic', author: 'Celeste Mills', image: ''}

new Vue({
  el: '#app',
  data: {
    cards: cards,
    selectedCard: -1
  methods: {
    hoverCard(selectedIndex) {
      this.selectedCard = selectedIndex
    animateCards () {, index) => {
        const direction = this.calculateCardDirection(index, this.selectedCard)
          {x: direction * 50}
    calculateCardDirection (cardIndex, selectedIndex) {
      if(selectedIndex === -1) {
        return 0
      const diff = cardIndex - selectedIndex
      return diff === 0 ? 0 : diff/Math.abs(diff)
    isSelected (cardIndex) {
      return this.selectedCard === cardIndex

That’s all! hopefully, you have successfully created the animated card with the background images. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment below.

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