Center Step Card

by Frances Byrne

Create a unique card with a few cut and score lines.


  • One 5 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock for card base
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Additional cardstock, pattern paper and embellishments for decoration


  1. Step 1

    Line cardstock up in paper trimmer so that the edge of the card is at the 1" mark. Position the cutting blade at 1" and cut from 1" to 6.5".

  2. Flip card over and do the same on the other side.

  3. Step 2

    Place cardstock onto scoring tool and score along the long side of the card from the edge to the cut line at 1", 2" and 6.5".

  4. Step 3

    Repeat step 3 on opposite edge of card.

  5. Step 4

    Score between cut lines at 5 1/2".

  6. Step 5

    Fold at the score lines. The first, third and center score lines are mountain folds. The second score line is a valley fold. Reinforce score lines to make folds crisp.

  7. Step 6

    Stamp and decorate your card as desired.



    Change it up
    Vary the width of the center panel or the two side panels by adjusting the width of the card that you start with.

Your Turn

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

Adorable. I can lots of cards coming from this pattern. Thanks
Kathie Oldham  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 4:53 AM
Hello Frances. I love making this type of card and yours is very cute! I just wanted to mention that I have the measurements for an A2 size card here...
diane (cookiestamper)  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 5:04 AM
Great idea! Can't wait to try this one.
Maxine  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 5:05 AM
Tried this...1st one was so-so..second one came out perfet...instructions are so clear and precise....
Roberta Belleare  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 5:31 AM
FABULOUS, Frances!! Can't wait to try this soon!
Dawn Easton  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 5:36 AM
This isadorable. I've worked with precut strp cards but not exactly this design. Can't wait to try it. LOVE IT!!!
Julianne  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 5:49 AM
Love this, Frances! Thanks for sharing it!
Christina Fischer  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 6:25 AM
Wonderful tutorial!!
Cindy Lyles  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 6:41 AM
Hi Francis (fellow Aussie!) thank you so much for these instructions. I'd seen something similar and tried to work out myself but to no avail. Love the way you have decorated your card - very cute. Would you mind telling me the brand of your paper trimmer? it looks like a beauty! thanks
Sue A  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 6:51 AM
What a cleaver idea! I love it. Thank you for sharing this realitivly simple way to make a card extraordinary
Kim  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 7:05 AM
FABULOUS Frances, I will be trying this!!~
Cindy Haffner  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 7:13 AM
A neat & easy idea. Will make a card today. Thanks
Betty Baker  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 7:18 AM
I really like this one. I am rather new at this but I plan on doing this one.
Really enjoy the tutorials.
LFaye  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 7:38 AM
This is AWESOME Frances! Can't wait to give this a try!
Jodi (Kharmagirl)  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 8:05 AM
Hi Sue,

the trimmer I used is the Martha Stewart one.
StampOwl  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 8:06 AM
Love this idea - love your card, Can't wait to try it.
Cindy  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 8:28 AM
Please tell me the brand/name of the paper trimmer you show in this as well as other tutorials.. I can't quite read the name on it but does not look like any I have seen. Thanks
kathy harney  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 8:43 AM
Thanks Francis, I will look out for one. Just popped over and checked out your StampOwl blog. loved it! Great to see Aussie girls showing how clever they are! lol love your work, thanks.
Sue A  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 9:10 AM
I have tried other cards that had a lot of folds and cuts and got so frustrated that I just gave up on them. This card however seems real easy to make. Can't wait to try this one.
Kim  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 9:59 AM
I love this ! you have made it look so easy. i am in a card swap. I think i will do this on for it this month..Thank you, love, love it
mindy barlow  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

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