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!

Questions and Comments

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

Love it very nice job
Chris Titus  |  Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 12:28 AM
I love this can't wait to try it .my daughter loves owls so I must try this for her birthday the instructions were very clear,thank you
Jo Basnett  |  Sat Jul 5, 2014 at 1:05 AM
Thank you very much for this tutorial, Frances! I manage to make my first card. smile
Maria Oroian  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 5:17 AM
I loved this tutorial. Found it easy to follow and just made one for my sister.
Vanessa Vicente  |  Sun Sep 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Beautiful cards. I am a new to paper crafting and will be making these cards. TY Splitcoast stampers.
Amanda Townsend  |  Mon Feb 23, 2015 at 12:28 PM
Thanks so much - your tutorial made this so much easier than the ones I've TRIED to follow in the past. Off to make my card now!
Cindy  |  Tue Mar 28, 2017 at 10:58 AM

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