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! Have made three of them
this afternoon. Your tutorial was soooo easy
to follow! Thanks for the great card!
Elaine Stewart  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM
I have only just found this amazing site and this is the first project I have watched. Brilliant tut and video, thanks so much. I will try this really soon x
Jane's Journal  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM
I love this, but just tried making one and my paper cutter won't cut through the bottom cardstock. I use a SU paper cutter and it has a fresh blade. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Jennifer  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM
I love this card, I'm going to make one right now! Thanks for sharing.
Dewanna  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 8:14 PM
So cute! Thank you for sharing. Can you tell me how to back with the slightly larger cardstock? What size of cardstock and where to score it at? I tried doing it without success.
Kristine  |  Wed Feb 5, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Love this card and the very detail of the video, can't wait to try it.
B  |  Thu Feb 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Love this card I anxious to try it!
Carolyn Norman  |  Thu Feb 6, 2014 at 7:26 PM
Always looking for unique cards. I will try this for my brother's birthday.
Hope  |  Fri Feb 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM
I love this - have cut out the basics for 9 cards, and am now ready to start embellishing...can't wait. I do have one question - On the printed version, Step 4 says to "secure the score lines" - what do you mean by that? Thanks for sharing this fun card with us - instructions and tutorial are fantastic!
Cindy  |  Fri Feb 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I have a question.

In step 4, you indicate "secure the score lines".

What do you mean by this? I can't view the video

Debby Forbes  |  Fri Feb 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM
What a great idea! Lots of uses for this versatile design, but I will start with Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing your creativity!
Starr  |  Sat Feb 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM
Love this card. I am anxious to use it for valentines.
Carolyn Norman  |  Sat Feb 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM
I kept seeing these kinds of cards popping up in the gallery and am glad now I've seen the tutorial.. not sure how I missed it, but am glad I did come and see it. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I am going to give this a whirl. blessings ~ Pam
Pam Tetreault  |  Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 8:39 PM
Cindy and Debby, 'secure the score lines' means to press down along the folds with a bone folder to make sure the scores are nice and sharp. Sorry that was unclear! smile
dina  |  Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 5:05 AM
Seen a few of these in the gallery - lovely card design
Janine B  |  Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM
Loved this tutorial & card. I see it was posted in February and how did I ever miss this one. Gotta try this. Thanks so much for sharing!
Diana E. Bishop  |  Tue Mar 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM
Great tutorial! I was looking for a different style of card and now I have it! Thanks for sharing! I am going to try it today!
Doreen  |  Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 8:57 AM
I made this card today. I watched the video a couple of times to get the hand of cutting. It is a wonderful card & the tutorial was well done.
claudia cullen  |  Thu May 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM
Same question as Debbie. What does "secure the score lines" mean? I need. To do that because mine keep breaking, but the video doesn't show that. Thank you!
Lisa Gaines  |  Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM
Lisa, I added some clarification to the step. Thank you for your interest!
dina  |  Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

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