Stair Step Fold

by Beate Johns

Create this special fold card to show off your landscaping, patterned paper or die cuts.


  • One 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece of cardstock for card base

  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool

  • Adhesive

  • Stamps

  • Ink

  • Additional cardstock, patterned paper and embellishments for decoration


  1. Step 1

    Line cardstock up on Scor-Pal and score at 2 1/2", 4 1/4" and 6".

    If you are using a paper trimmer or different scoring tool, score at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 4 1/4", 6" and 8 1/4".

  2. Step 2

    Align the left edge of the cardstock at 3" score groove of the Scor-Pal and score at 4 1/4".

  3. Slide your 6" score line on your cardstock to the 2" score groove of your Scor-Pal™ and score again at 4 1/4"

    Why the extra steps?
    The Scor-Pal doesn't have markings at 1 1/4" or 8 1/4", but with the adjustments shown here, you can use it for scoring at these measurements.

  4. Step 3

    Prefold all score lines.

  5. Fold the cardstock mountain/valley style (up and down) to create the card base.

  6. Step 4

    Start decorating the stair steps.
    The first one measures 1 1/4" x 5 1/2".

    I cut, embossed and stenciled white cardstock with Eyelet Borderabilities from Spellbinders.

  7. Step 5

    Stamp your main focal point.

  8. Embellish if desired. (Eyelet Pendant templates from Spellbinders were used for the last layer.)

  9. Step 6

    Decorate your second stair step. This one measures 1 3/4" x 5 1/2".

  10. I added my focal point to this stair step.

  11. Step 7

    Decorate your last stair step. This fold measures 2 1/4" x 5 1/2".

  12. Finished card.



    Clear Choice
    Create your card base in Acetate for a different look.

    Landscape it
    Use this fold as a base for wonderful landscape scenes.

    Fancy Settings
    Create beautiful place settings with this fold.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stair Step Fold. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

It's so pretty lovely!! It's inspirational!
Raenie  |  Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 7:26 AM
These stair step projects are really nice and creative. What size or type of envelope do they fit in? Thanks!
Marilyn  |  Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 1:53 PM
Hi Marilyn,

Because of the thickness of the card, I mailed mine in 4 3/4" x 6 1/2" envelopes.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 2:21 PM
On the Stair Step Fold Card...I am curious as to where one writes their personal message and signs their name? Thanks
LMstamps  |  Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 3:48 PM
Hi LMstamps,

I either unfold my stair step fold card and write on the parts that you can't see (backside of steps), or you can write on the back of the card.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 4:02 AM
Help, I used my paper trimmer to score the card base since I don't have a score pal. My bottome step and my top step came up short. I am not sure what I did wrong, the gallery ones look right but I wonder if there are one too many folds or a demension for the trimmer option is off, or if I am off. Can you help?
Michelle  |  Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 8:34 AM
What is the name of the border die cuts that you used? Are they a nestabillities die and where can I buy them?
Barbara Green  |  Mon Mar 1, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Check step 4. You will find a link there to the Eyelet Borderabilities I used for this card.
beate  |  Mon Mar 1, 2010 at 8:48 AM
thanks so much Beate- made my first one today! your tutorials are the best!! {{GIANT HUGS}}
gabbe  |  Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 6:04 PM
Thanks so much, the instructions are very clear, you make it look so simple. I wil make som christmascards with it
Marjo Brans  |  Tue Nov 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM
I finally made one of these...and I love it. However, it is pretty thick and "bumpy" after folded. Do I need to mail it in a padded envelope? Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. grin
LMstamps  |  Wed Jun 8, 2011 at 8:25 AM
Such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing & caring!
gina kolodnicki  |  Fri Aug 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

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