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

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Beautiful, I need to get some Christmas cards made, and I think these will look perfect for them.
heather9721  |  Thu Jun 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM
Thanks so much for the great was slow and calming (which was great for me as I have never done anything like this before)...which was great and fun, and now I just get to go and decorate it. have a great day, as you have made mine...:0)
wendy2512 or....Wanda...:0)  |  Thu Jun 2, 2011 at 8:37 PM
TFS - I've made several of these cards and it's so easy and quick to make. I just like how you designed it. Wonderful tutorial!
Creation by Shirl  |  Thu Jun 2, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Fabulous tutorial! Thanks for making my day; and it has been a looong day! smile) Cheers!
Homegrownart  |  Fri Jun 3, 2011 at 12:22 AM
What beautiful and precise directions, thanks so much
Gill  |  Fri Jun 3, 2011 at 2:30 AM
thank you for the neat new technique, you showed it so well I got throught it with np...your rock...ty...:0)
wendy2512  |  Mon Jun 6, 2011 at 3:56 PM
Love your card....would you mind telling me
the name of your paper cutter? I have tried
several, but not seen one like yours.
Thanks for the info.
Gail Woods  |  Mon Jun 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM
gail the trimmer I used is the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer
StampOwl  |  Mon Jun 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM
Love your card. I will try to make one tomorrow and hope it will be as nice as your.
Thanks for sharing.
Mary Nell Johnson  |  Mon Jun 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM
Oh wow Frances!! Fabulous tutorial!! I can't wait to try one out! It was wonderful to hear your voice too!! smile
*Vicki*  |  Tue Jun 7, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Great tutorial ~ Thanks so much!
Barbara Ghigliotty  |  Tue Jun 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Thanks for the inspiration! What a fantastic card! I had to try it immediately grin.
Ann-Sofi  |  Tue Jun 7, 2011 at 1:33 PM
Cute! Can't wait to try this one!
Sheryl02  |  Tue Jun 7, 2011 at 9:01 PM
I think this is one of the most beautiful cards that I have ever seen....deeply touching my heart and soul...thank you very much!
Kathy  |  Thu Jun 9, 2011 at 2:46 AM
I love this! I'm always looking for fun new card folds!
mrandmrsb  |  Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM
thanks Frances! what an awesome tutorial! i can't wait to try one!!
gabbe  |  Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 7:33 PM
Loved this! Such a clever idea.
Donna Moore  |  Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM
i just stopped in to see your cards, they are beautiful!!!, i hope i can remember the next timei'm on line hopefully find you again thanks frances, see you soon, sheila
sheila j.  |  Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM
Thank you so much for a great tutorial, I have been wanting to make this and couldn't figure quite how to do it. Your card is really cute. What size envelope does this fit into. An A2 is too small . thanks for your help
Kathy Olivella  |  Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 8:07 AM
thanks francis good video, any more as they are so easy to follow ? nice to see videos from down under here , from fellow brisbane girl
wendy reynolds  |  Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

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