Building Block Card

by Laura Lipe

Make your card's message pop up on dimensional blocks.


  • 5.5” x 10.5” card base
  • Coordinating cardstock or designer paper as desired to decorate card panels
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive
  • Alphabet stamps or dies, and other embellishments to decorate card


  1. Step 1

    Score the 5.5” x 10.5” cardstock at 3.5” and 7” on the long edge.

  2. Fold these as a mountain fold and a valley fold.

  3. Step 2

    Close the valley fold, and cut in 1.5” along the fold at these intervals: 3/8”, 1 3/8”, 1 5/8”, 2 5/8”, 2 7/8”, 3 7/8”, 4 1/8”, and 5 1/8”.

  4. Step 3

    Score at the end of the cuts on the 1” slits so these can fold up with mountain folds. Leave the ¼” slits as valley folds.

  5. Step 4

    Secure the score lines by pressing down along the folds with a bone folder to make sure they are nice and sharp.

    Decorate the front and inside panels. (The front panel measures 3.5" x 5.5". The panels on either side of the blocks are 2" x 5.5". Each block panel measures 1"x 1.5".)

    You may choose to back the card with a slightly larger piece of coordinating cardstock.

  6. Step 5

    Complete the project.



  1. This card may be used for many occasions, as many words will fit on the inside blocks.

    Some ideas:
    --Baby Boy or Baby Girl
    --Love You
    --Get Well
    --Good Job or Well Done

    Small photos could also be adhered to the blocks.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Building Block Card. 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.

I love this card. Thanks so much for sharing it. I have been looking for something with a different twist for a valentine card, and this is it. Your tutorial is excellent.
Edie  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 4:27 AM
You have done it again, Laura! Great job! I love cards that "pop"!
Holly Craft  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 5:20 AM
I love this card and all the video tutorials. Just one problem though. All the videos lately have been on the fuzzy side, not really clear. Just wondering why?
Julie Techmeier  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 6:23 AM
Hi Julie! Try setting the viewer to HD.
dina  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 6:31 AM
What an inventive card! This would be cute with "BABY" spelled out in the blocks!
Nancy M.  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 7:15 AM
What a great tutorial Laura! I love the idea of putting photos on the blocks as well. Thanks for sharing this!
lydia  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 7:22 AM
What a beautiful card! I will attempt to make.
You are so very talented! THank you for your post.
Teresa Palzes  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 8:11 AM
This is a very neat card. Thanks for the idea!
M K WATSON  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 8:22 AM
I am inspired to make this card! Thanks for taking the time and energy and most of all - creativity to share this card!
Stamp0654  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 8:25 AM
Great card idea! Thanks!
Kathleen  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 8:42 AM
Thank you for the tutorial. It made more sense to see it being done. Your written directions are great but I am one that does better with visual, so thank you for that. I can see using this over and over! Love your cards!!!
Debbie Zlab  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM
I love this card, I'm so give a try..thanks..
Veronica Green  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM
How very clever! Love this!
Toni Storie  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 8:59 AM
This is awesome! Thank you!
Meg  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Wow! So cute & versatile, I have to try making some today. My only hard part is cutting correctly as I tend to mess up there lol
Vonda  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Love this project! Thanks Laura and Dina!!
muscrat  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Love this card! Can't wait to try it! You are so talented and creative! Thank you!
Kathy Denny  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM
Julie--great tutorial--just curious how you never use a MS or SU scoring plate--they are so-so much easier than the ScorPal--

Adorable card--I am definitely trying this! Thanks!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 1:16 PM
I LOVE this tutorial!! I can't wait to make several different themes using this basic card base. Thank You for sharing!
StampDuJour!  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM
Love this card, Laura. Thanks for sharing. Dying to make one...or several.
Rose Mary  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

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