Circular Side Step Card

by Beate Johns

Create a circle card with several steps on one side.


  • Cardstock for card base
  • Circle die, or plate to trace circle
  • Paper cutter
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Patterned paper (optional)
  • Stamps, The Greeting Farm's Ebony and Tea-rrific used here


  1. Step 1

    Cut cardstock into a circle.

    The second largest Grand Circle Nestabilities die was used here to cut the cardstock into a 6 3/4" circle. If you don't have Grand Circle dies, you can use a plate, trace around it and hand cut with scissors.

  2. Step 2

    Place circle on the paper cutter on the 2 1/2" mark. Make a cut from 1 1/4" on one side to 1 1/4" before the end of the other side.

  3. Step 3

    Place the circle on Scor-Pal™ with the cut line horizontally. Score the circle from the cut down to the smaller part of the circle at 1 1/4", 1 3/4" and 2 1/4".

    Line up a ruler on one side of the scoring tool above the cut to make sure the score lines will be 90 degrees.

  4. Step 4

    Score the first step by folding the first score line down, the second score line up.

  5. Step 5

    Find the center of the circle. Try to line up the step scores parallel to the center line of the circle

  6. before you score the entire circle in half.

    You can only score the entire circle in half if you are using the same circle size (6 3/4") as me. If not, just score the large part of the circle (the one without the steps)

  7. Step 6

    Now fold the second step down and pinch the circle half together again. This will help you find the back fold for that third step. Crease the fold with your score tool.

  8. Step 7

    To keep the round shape on the edges of your fold, pinch the card together and cut off the excess.

  9. Step 8

    Decorate with patterned paper, stamped images and embellishments.


    I cut and embossed my patterned paper with the same die as the card base. The edges were sanded and cut on the embossed edge. For the cuts on the right hand side I placed the paper over the card base and used a stylus to trace the cut lines. Next I cut 1/8" along that traced line.



    Other sizes:
    If you are using bigger circles, you can make the cutting line less deep, starting maybe at 1 1/2", 1 3/4" or even 2" from the circle edge.

    Other Step card tutorials:
    Check out our Side Step and Center Step Card tutorials.

Your Turn

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

Love it and I must try it. Thanks for sharing.
Lorie-ThePeddler  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 5:37 AM
Or if you have the software and a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Expression, you can cut the 6" circle that way!!!!!

I will be working up a project using this card style in the near future....thank you for the tutorial.
Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 6:49 AM
superbe j'aime beaucoup bise raymonde
raymonde  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 6:51 AM
What a wonderful card, Beate!! It is so different!! And the video is great! Love it!!
Peggy Packer  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM
This looks GREAT!!!!!!!!! LOVE the "new" fold! smile THANKS FOR SHOWING US! smile
Becky Green  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 7:57 AM
hi Beate :
Great tutorial and video
Here is a card I made :
niki 1
niki1  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM
Beate...your video tutorials are the BEST...clear and interesting. Thanks for sharing!!
Claire  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM
Oh wow this card is amazing. I can't wait to give it a try. Your video is terrific, thanks so much!!!
susie australia  |  Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 7:54 PM
I saw this card and thought it would be a cute pirate ship card for a boy!
Melissa  |  Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 7:45 AM
hi,wow- pretty cool card,will have to try to make it,thank you...
Elizabeth f Jennings  |  Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM
Great video! Thank you for creative!
Leila  |  Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 9:19 PM
What a darling card, love the shape.
Lisa  |  Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM
Yahoo, finally I got to make a Circular Step Card. Thank you Beate, I had such a great time making this. I love your haircut, (I'm not sure how long ago you changed your picture so please forgive me if my compliment is 12 months late).Anyway, here is my effort.
susie australia  |  Thu Sep 6, 2012 at 2:02 AM
Very nice and good tutorial. Will have to try it. Thanks. Edna
Edna Burgess  |  Sun Nov 4, 2012 at 7:17 AM

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