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.

It's sopkoy how clever some ppl are. Thanks!
Nook  |  Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 2:15 AM
Thank you very much for this tutorial, Frances! It was a pleasure to make a card using it! I just didn't do the inside part smile Next time, for sure!
Kiddo  |  Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 9:28 AM
I've made several of these and I love them, however, my largest envelopes won't fit. Does someone have some dimensions for an envelope for the card? thanks!
Kay Hollandsworth  |  Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 7:15 AM
Thanks so much for the tutorial. This is great! I can't wait to try it out!
Lesli  |  Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM
I posted a link to this tutorial/video today.

Nancy Ward
Nancy Ward  |  Sat Jul 9, 2011 at 6:43 AM
Wow, Frances! I love your video! I've never tried one of these, but now that I've had the pleasure of seeing in in action ... I "must" try one soon! Happy days to you!

TexasGrammy  |  Fri Aug 5, 2011 at 2:38 AM
Just wondering - I made a template for this card and I'm finding there's no way to fit it into an envelope - did I do something wrong?
Lynn Lehrman  |  Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM
thanks I had a go at this card - easier than I thought
janine brain  |  Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 4:37 PM
Great tutorial! Now I will know exactly what to do, thanks to you for sharing!
Sharon Jones  |  Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 10:27 PM
just want to know the name of the trimer you used. It seems to work well with the scor-pa and makes the card seem so easy to do. Love it!!
sandy medlock  |  Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 9:28 AM
love love love that card. can't wait for the next one
fran rhine  |  Sat Dec 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM
Can you tell how you make this card in cm instate of inch.

Thank you
petra  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Petra, you can find a template on my blog that is in cms instead of inches ....

Hope that helps
StampOwl  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM
Thanks so very much for the tutorial. Can't wait to make one.
Archana  |  Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 6:18 PM
I just love the pattern of this card, It really gives you a lot of
option to do with your design . Thanks for your great idea's.
AnnMarie Pultorak  |  Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 6:52 PM
Thank you very much for your tutorial and the instructions which made things very plain and easy to follow. I've folded a few cards now and next comes the decorating. smilesmile
Linda Moore  |  Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 9:27 PM
Love the card but am having difficulty getting it to stand like yours for some reason, will give it one more try, they say the third time is the charmer so will see. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Betty  |  Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM
I made and envelope to fit a 51/2 square card, using paper 63/4 x 12 score at 4 1/4 then at 10, should fit perfectly.
Betty  |  Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM
I loved making this card. I did upload it, but cannot seem to be able to get it into this gallery..Can you tell me how to do that? Here is the card:

LM grin
LMstamps  |  Tue Jan 3, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Thanks Frances for the tutorial
I finally made the card...
Monique  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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