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.

Thank You for this excellent and easy to follow tutorial. I'll be using your pattern soon. Great Card as well! Thank YOU!
Rosie O  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 10:15 AM
i loved your tutorial. What company madkes your paper trimmer? I have never seen one like that with the piece on the right which magnfies the numbers? i want one to add to my trimmer collection LOL
BARBARA  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM
Thank you so much! I saw this card made. But, didn't have the instructions. AND yippee here it is.
Chris  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Templates for both an A2 and a 6" square card can be found on my blog
Sandy H  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Francis: You did an excellent job of demonstrating this card. Friends had given me the directions, but I had trouble figuring it out. With your tutorial, I'm sure I can make this card now. I love the center fold card. Thank you so much.
Margie F.  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 1:53 PM
Just started scraping but love this card will try it
Barb Wiedner  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM
Love your center step card and the instructions were wonderful as was the video! I am curious as to what brand of paper cutter that you were using and does it have a better blade than the Fiskars brand?It seemed to cut better in the video.
Joy  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 2:59 PM
Thanks so much for a tutorial that was simple to follow with fantastic results!!!
Dianna L Elliott  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 3:42 PM
Love love it .. tfs
jmaureen  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM
Hi Frances - waving madly from Qld - LOVE your card, if I could cut straight I'd love to try it! LOL I might have to but a trimmer like yours and give it a go! Big hugs,
Kate Palmer  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM
I made several of these cards and decorated them w/Christmas motifs. I am in the process of making my holiday cards and I am sure my family and friends will love this one. Thank you for a great tutorial....
Roberta Belleare  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 5:38 PM
Hi Frances, Thanks for the tutorial, I have cut one out ready to decorate, I don't have a large enough cutter, so I had to measure and cut manually, but my score pal measured exactly,and it looks good so far, thanks again from a fellow Australian
Jasann Patrick  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 7:11 PM
Kathy, Barbara and Joy the trimmer I used in my tutorial is the Martha Stewart one. It is fairly new but so far I am very happy with it smile

Joy I like the blade in this trimmer. It also has a storage compartment underneath the trimmer where you can store your spare blades & scoring tool which also comes with it.
StampOwl  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 7:43 PM
Hi Kate waving back at ya ... I know you can cut straight smile
StampOwl  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM
Hi Francis, I think your card is so cute, and seems not too hard to make. I will sure try it.
Thanks for showing how to do this,
Martha  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 7:54 PM
Nope - really cant cut straight (small things) at present, my much loved Making Memories trimmer died, and the new one I replaced it with is just not as good :O( So I now have a BIG business type rotary trimmer which I love, but it won't do things under 5cm as the guide plastic is rather wide. I'm now considering the Martha cutter you used for little stuff - it's on the wish list :O)
Kate Palmer  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 8:26 PM
Hi Francis,
Thanks for your tutorial, all is very clear.
Can you please tell me where did you buy your paper trimmer?
jogrybali  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM
Hi Jogry

I got mine down here in Australia ... but you are probably better off to Google "Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer" and see what comes up with the best price for where you live smile
StampOwl  |  Wed Jun 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Hi Francis from another aussie (freezing cold in Victoria). Your card is great, I have been addicted to Beate's side step card, even purchased a scor-pal with imperial measurements (love it). I can't wait to have a go at your centre step card. Thanks so much.
susie australia  |  Thu Jun 2, 2011 at 3:00 AM
Go Brissie girls! Thanks, this looks awesome.
Sandra K  |  Thu Jun 2, 2011 at 4:15 AM

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