Lever Card

by Laura Lipe

Create a card that “levers” through a front window.


  • Two 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" pieces of cardstock

  • Paper Cutter

  • Scoring tool

  • Adhesive

  • Patterned paper, stamps, and dies to decorate completed card


  1. Step 1

    Score the first piece of cardstock at 4 1/4" and fold in half. This will be the card itself. On the side that is the front, cut out a square window, 1” from all 4 sides.

    The completed card measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Score the second piece of cardstock at 4 1/4" and 6 3/8”. Go in 2 1/8” from the left edge and score down to 1” from the top and up to 1” from the bottom.

    This will be the inside of the card.

  3. Step 3

    To cut the “lever” that will fit through the card front “window”, go in 1” from the left edge and cut a slit that starts 1” from the top and goes down to 1” from the bottom.

  4. Step 4

    Cut from the top and bottom ends of that slit over to the 2 1/8” score line. This produces the “lever” that will fit through the front window.

  5. Step 5

    Fold on all score lines. Folds should be valley/mountain/valley folded.

  6. Step 6

    Add adhesive to the “backside” of the left and right panels of the cardstock you just scored and glue it inside the card. The “lever” tucks inside of the front “window”. If this is a tight fit, trim a sliver off the top and bottom of the lever so that it will move freely through the window.

  7. Step 7

    The card will look like this when folded closed.

  8. It will look like this when opened out.

  9. Step 8

    Cut a 4” x 5 1/4” piece of patterned paper for the front of the card. Cut in 7/8” from all 4 sides to make the decorative layer for the front of the card.

  10. Step 9

    For the inside of the card, cut 3 strips of patterned paper 1 7/8” x 5 1/4” tall. Cut a fourth piece 3 1/8” wide by 5 1/4” tall. Adhere two of the 1 7/8” pieces to cover the two right panels inside the card. The third will be used to cover the left side of panel after you shape it.

  11. Step 10

    On the remaining 1 7/8” x 5 1/4” piece, cut in 1” from the RIGHT side, 7/8” from the top and 7/8” from the bottom. Make a vertical cut that connects these two cuts, so that the remaining piece of patterned paper looks like a “C”. Adhere this to the LEFT panel of the inside of the card.

  12. Step 11

    On the 3 1/8” x 5 1/4” patterned paper, cut in 1 1/8” from the LEFT side, 7/8” from the top and 7/8” from the bottom. Cut down from the top and up from the bottom to meet these two cuts and remove those two small squares of paper. This creates a shape that will cover the “lever” part of the card.

    Adhere inside the card on the remaining panel. If needed, trim a sliver off the top and bottom of the “lever” part so that it fits your card.

  13. Step 12

    Decorate the front and inside of the card with die-cuts, images, and sentiments as desired.


Your Turn

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

I want to be as gentle as I can with my comment because I don't want to upset anyone. I noticed that the sentiments used in this card refer to God and I would just like to point out that not all SCS members believe in God. If you want the cards here to appeal to the widest possible audience then I would respectfully suggest that the sentiments used be as neutral as possible. Thank you.
Stephanie  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 3:31 AM
The sentiments were not the focus of Lever Card technique. If you didn't like the card, then don't look at it. I feel that SCS does a good job at trying to appeal to the widest possible audience. It is up to each individual to choose how they will embellish the technique. Thank you SCS for the technique on how to make the Lever Card! Shalom
Brook  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 3:57 AM
I think because religion has become such a personal and touchy subject lately, no comments should be made about it on this stamping site whether for or against. Please, please accept each other for what we are and what we believe and overlook anything that you feel offends you and enjoy the many wonderful benefits that you do get.
Edie  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 4:16 AM
This is what happens on a comment board! I think its a great tutorial ... regardless of sentiment! Thank you for posting it, I love it!
Jenn Brown  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 4:46 AM
I love the uniqueness of this card.

As for the previous comments of the author's stamp choice, I always thought their work was meant to be an example of a new style to try. As crafters, we are then supposed to make it OUR OWN, not criticize what is important to that artist's vision and values.
Tamaney Augustin  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 5:11 AM
I've been attempting to make this card for a while and twice have failed at it. I would like to sincerely thank you for the excellent instructions. They make the technique very clear...I should be able to make one successfully this time!
Wendy Stewart  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 5:17 AM
Just bought a lovely bird stamp that will be perfect for this card. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I can't wait to try it!
Beth  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 5:42 AM
The opinions of one or the beliefs of one should not determine what is used on the site. We reference this site for ideas, not beliefs. Adjusting the cards to personalize them is what "carding" is about. So dont use the sentiment shown. Love the tutorial. Keep them coming.
chris  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 5:45 AM
To tell you the truth, the sentiments are the last thing I look at. First thing that catches my eye is the design and the originality of it.

Keep them all coming. It is nice to see the variety of sentiments afterwards in case you are looking for that type of card.

What makes us all unique crafters is our individuality. Some are religious, some are not, some are tall, some are short, etc.

Lets all remember to main goal and that is to be crafty!
Monique Schryburt  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Laura, this card looks great, love cards that have movement, TFS, it's a must try for sure!
Kris  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:02 AM
I wish I had thought about the sentiment used on this card before choosing it for the tutorial card. I have several others in the lever card gallery using other stamps. While I stand up for my beliefs, i would never push them on another nor be rude in the face of their beliefs. I realize we all think and believe differently. Quite frankly, the sentiments are meaningful to me, and they fit the card where others were too large. My intent was to share the cut/layout of the card so that you can make one with whatever stamps you wish. Thanks for those who are understanding about the stamp choice. now let's get to sharing some samples made with this tutorial. Enjoy the technique! Smiles, Laura
Laura lipe  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:04 AM
Loved the tutorial on the Lever Card. It is just as beautiful and unique as the person receiving it. It's always fun to send someone a card that is a little different and one that will brighten their day!! Thank you!!
Eaine  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:17 AM
I don't believe in fairies, or leprechauns, pots of gold at the end of a rainbow, ghosts, wizards or witches. I can't even read the sentiment on this card. Love the style and will be trying it out soon.
Lorraine  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:26 AM
Please see the caption above the comment box before commenting smile

Fantastic tutorial Laura - thank you for sharing it!
lydia  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM
My suggestion is: If you don't like what you see...simply skip over it to the next.
Phyllis  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM
I for one love both the sentiment and tutorial. I will be trying this card very soon!!
Amanda  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:37 AM
THIS IS FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial, Laura! The folds are genius! Can't wait to try it. smile
Bev Rousch  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:40 AM
What a great card - may be challenging for some but great fun for all. Thanks!
Karen Schmitt  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:49 AM
I have been wondering how these cards were made! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I get sooooo much inspiration from ALL of the cards on SCS!! I don't know what I'd do without it sometimes!! Like with this tutorial!! LOL!! Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing! smile
Ginger  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:53 AM
I am so appreciate for all the work it takes Beate to make a tutorial. All the different kinds of folded cards are what attracts me to the tutorials not so much the "sayings" etc. as they are personal preferences. If I liked blue and you didn't would there be a complaint made? Of course not. So even complaining about a preference is showing an intolerance in itself, not so much me using blue in my cards. Let's keep SCS as it was intended to be; an open forum of paper crafters doing their thing with this wonderful hobby.
Dottie  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 7:13 AM

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