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.

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!!! Can't wait to start making cards!
Anita  |  Sun Jan 18, 2015 at 10:47 AM
I have a friend who's just had open heart surgery. I can't wait to try using this technique on a card for him. Thanks so much for sharing it.
Virginia Rother  |  Mon Apr 11, 2016 at 11:37 AM
Hi Laura,
What a great tutorial, and so versatile! Thanks so much!
Bzzzeee  |  Fri Jan 13, 2017 at 8:25 AM
this looks great!!!
Ibrands  |  Mon Mar 26, 2018 at 10:26 AM
This is amazing!!
Ibrands  |  Mon Mar 26, 2018 at 10:26 AM

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