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.

I've been wanting to try this card. Now I have the nerve to try. Thank you much for the great tutorial.
Rose Toellner  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM
I love this card. Thank you! Thank you! It is on my list to do very soon.
Marilyn Schmalz  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 3:05 PM
What an unusual card! Instructions are so clear for a card this detailed. Nice going, Beate. Sentiments, card base color, enhancements customize it into a birthday, sympathy, get well or other recipient-appropriate card. Thank you, Beate, for a unique tutorial.
Hope Mitchell  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Thanks for an awesome tutorial. I've tried it twice and haven't gotten it tweaked yet, but I'm getting there!
muscrat  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 4:52 PM
I CANNOT wait to try this card. I do not think I've even seen one like this. I am so attracted to folds and popups that have that wow factor. This one will knock the socks off the recipient!
Thank you so much for sharing, and I know it's a lot of work to do this for a bunch of folks you don't even know!
Carlos  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 5:16 PM
I look forward to Wednesday every week for the new tutorial. Scs has brought out the creativity in me. I will be trying this card tomorrow.
Michele Cederqusit  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 6:40 PM
I am new. I really like your tutorial and very much appreciate your work. This is one technique I will really enjoy with any sentiment. Thank you very much for sharing. kt
Kaye Taullie  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM
Thank-you for the lovely card tutorial. I am a christian but would not be at all offended if the sentiment was suitable for Jewish, Muslim or in fact any religious belief. Tolerance and the opportunity to all be part of a fantastic interest in making cards is the main focus or at least it should be.
Sandie  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Laura and Beate thank you both so much for a great tutorial. I love fancy folds, this one is a gem. Thank you once again.
Susie Williams  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM
Thank you for this tutorial Laura and Beate. I will certainly try it. I need a challenge and an excuse to use up some of my patterned papers smile
Julie  |  Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM
How petty to complain about the sentiment! It's the design of the card that is being taught! Thanks so much for the tutorial which I will try tomorrow and keep making them personal as you did with this one as that is who you are. Do not change for somebody else. Blessings to you.
Solange  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 4:53 AM
Looking forward to trying this on National Scrapbooking day. Might add it to a layout somehow.
Monique Schryburt  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 5:09 AM
I love this card. I have been searching for something new and different in card making. This is it. Thank you.
AnitaMW  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM
I think I can make this type of card NOW! I have seen and admired them but never could make "book" directions make sense...Thanks for a great step by step tutorial.
Pansy Fryman  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. This required plenty of time and effort on your part. What a beautiful card!
Terry Mays  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM
I am so glad everyone is excited about this card technique. I had seen these lever cards on several blogs and they were all cut using the Silhouette machine and I don't own one, so I just HAD to come up with a way to make it "from scratch." I wrote the tutorial to teach this card in my classes. My thanks to Beate for her willingness to include it here! She's the BEST to work with! Smiles, Laura
Laura LIpe  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM
this is sooo cool!! i'm going to try it. thanks for the tutorial!
Leanne Poe  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM
I never noticed what was on the card to be truthful. The tutorial was on "how" to make the lever card. I never looked at the design. I sure hope the first comment doesn't deter stampers and crafters from illustrating their art work because there's a pumpkin, witch, angel or prayer illustrated. By the way, the tutorial was very well done and thanks. I always wanted to know how to do that.
Patricia Hartmann  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM
Laura, Thank you so much for the written and the video tutorial you did a fantastic job, I love the card and I can't wait to try it and post it in the gallery. I have never seen a card like this and I'm so glad you shared it with us.
Patricia St Martin  |  Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 7:24 PM
Laura, beautiful card and great tutorial. No need to apologize for displaying the sentiments that you did. Sad that the first comment about your card has to be from a non-believer. This site is about cards and techniques, not about religion. I appreciate your talent and your choice of sentiments. Keep the good card coming!
Renee Quast  |  Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 7:19 PM

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