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!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wow! I love this. I'm scared to attempt it because I don't think I can do it justice. It seems so complicated to make but I bet if I check, recheck and double check the written and the video I might be able to do it. Thanks for the "wow" card tutorial. I'm still a novice but I do seriously love this. Thanks for the many detailed instructions and pictures. I look forward to seeing everyone's examples! Excellent tutorial, Laura!!
Kristine  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 7:15 AM
Thanks, Laura, for this wonderful tutorial and card! I appreciate your graciousness in your comment and all those that defended the card. Personally I am never offended by cards of other religions. Laura, you always do such wonderful folds and I really appreciate you taking the time to share this one! Hugs!
Holly Craft  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 7:54 AM
Great Technique. This really challenges me and I can't wait to try it. You always make it look so easy!
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 8:02 AM
This is a great card...I had been wondering how to make one of these. I want to do this for my Christmas Card WOW workshop... now I have these great instructions.... Thanks for these wonderful instructions!
Donna Anderson  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 8:45 AM
I think the message of a card should share the love you have for the recepient. I love the stamps you used here and would love to know where they can be purchased. Edy
Edy  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM
I think this card is wonderful, thank you for the tutorial. I just want to point out to the person with the "religion" issue, I am Jewish and I see a lot of Christian stamps used in all different forums. I never focus on what the card says, I always am looking at the style, embellishments, etc. We are a group of diverse and wonderful women (and a few men). This is not about "stamping" it is about learning techniques. Nuf said.....
Lauren  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM
Edy, the stamps are from a Stampin' Up! set called Trust God and can be purchased from the SU website or any SU demonstrator.
Laura Lipe  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM
Thank you for the tutorial. I myself was drawn to the card because of the sentiments and tried to enlarge (to no avail) so I could read them.
mareda  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

So sad the site needs a "be nice" policy. Sure wish we could all play in the same sandbox together!

That said ... awesome tutorial!
Peggy  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM
Love the lever card! Thanks for your time in making this tutorial. It's seems like a challenging card to make so I'm sure instructing one on how to make it is no picnic but I certainly appreciate it. I can't wait to try it!
Michelle  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM
I LOVE all the tutorials - such inspiration for new ideas. I look first at the technique and then what stamps and paper I have that I'd use to make it my own. Rarely do I look at the image itself. I appreciate when Beata tells us which stamp set she uses for a project in case I want to run out and purchase it because I happened to love it, otherwise it's ALL about the technique and I am going to try this one... think I'll use my friendship stamp.
Carolyn  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Love this tutorial. You did a great job with explaining a complex fold. I am pretty sure I can to this now.

Our country was founded on religious tolerance = "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own" but it seems tolerance has been re-defined to mean that religion in any form must be omitted because someone might not agree.
Phyllis  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:04 PM
To all the people who post their tutorials on here, know that I appreciate your hard work and dedication to showing us new ways to create beautiful cards.

This is what the site is all about and I cannot wait to see more of them (whether they are religious or not).
Monique Schryburt  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Wow, Laura! Thanks for the super tutorial! I'll enjoy trying this cool fold for sure.
Bev Gerard  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM
I think this is a fun card that I may even incorporate into a mini album I am working on. TFS!

I actually have that stamp set and I absolutely LOVE it!
Victoria  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Fantastic tutorial and great design choices. Thanks so much for all of the effort you put out for us!
Holly Young  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Victoria - I like your idea of incorporating this great card (and tutorial) into an album - I too like 3 dimensional things in albums. Post a pic to the gallery if you do the album idea.
carolyn  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM
To Laura and Beate - Thanks for all the neat tutorials. It's the first thing I check on Wednesday mornings. (I know, I'm a nerd.) I like to read the directions, then watch Beate show me - I'm a visual learner.
Juanita  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM
Laura - Thank you so much for this wonderful card. I love everything about it. So unique and not that difficult to create. Really appreciate all the wonderful information that is passed on here on Split Coast Stampers - I have learned so much!
Lynne Zickert  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM
Love the written tutorial. I can't wait to watch the video at home after work. I love fancy fold cards and have never seen this one done before. I'll certainly be giving it a try.
Stephanie Wright  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

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