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.

Chiming in again. I made one and sadly my attempt was quite ugly!!! User error, not tutorial error! I found that I'm not so good at measuring a little down and a little over and making a cut. Next time I will lightly pencil in my cuts. Even though my attempt was awful, I do love it. My son's teenage friend loved it (she wasn't up close to it) so it is definitely a hit. I will figure it out cause I do love it,
Kristine  |  Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM
Thanks Beate...you make it look so easy! But that's why you have that fabulous job @ SCS!

I too love my Fiskars trimmer--I have the orange one with the silver metal line down the valley where you cut--makes perfect cuts each time!
Susanne Gleason  |  Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM
Thank you Laura for the fun tutorial, I have been looking for something new to try.
Christine Blair  |  Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 9:06 PM
Always look to SCS for new challenges in my paper crafting. Love this Lever card. Keep posting.
Lou Ann  |  Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM
It's call Freedom of Speech, I love the card and the verse. I would say nothing to a person of another religion because they have the right to be themselves. I think people are being over sensitive. Be thankful that the person shared her card. Thanks so much for the tutorial.... I love the card.
Deborah Heitmann  |  Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM
I love the card and appreciate the tutorial. It's very well done & easy to follow. Regarding the sentiment, we are a free country and are supposed to be able to express our beliefs without persecution. If you don't like it, don't use it on your card. But please respect the beliefs of others & their right to express it.
Alison Anderson  |  Wed May 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM
I tried the lever card, but used die to create the openings. I used two sizes of Spellbinders Labels 17 to frame a honeycomb made with Serendipity Stamps new pear die. Fun card!
Holly Craft  |  Wed May 1, 2013 at 6:19 AM
Please do not apologize for anything on this tutorial. It is great. I do not look at the verses on the tutorials only the finished products and then how to do it. Some folks go out of their way to find fault.
Bobbi Salamon  |  Wed May 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM
I looked at the card and liked it. I can hardly read the sentiment and I wouldn't have known what it said unless somebody hadn't pointed it out and complained. You can over-do this "political correctness". thanks for the tutorial. Great job.
Mary Lou  |  Wed May 1, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Holly Craft, I'd love to see your cards using the dies. I'm a visual learner so until I see something I just can't imagine it. Will you upload them to the gallery? I'm sure I'm not the only one who would enjoy seeing your cards.
Juanita  |  Wed May 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM
I posted a photo of my diecut lever card here
I also have it on my blog. I increased the overall size of the card to 5 by 7. I used graduated die to cut the two openings, blocking the smaller one (inside) so that it cut only on one side of the fold. Other than the larger size and using die for the openings it is the same as the tutorial.
Holly Craft  |  Wed May 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM
I can't believe how petty one can be on making a comment on a card. My opinion is that whom ever takes the time to make a tutorial (thank you Laura) for us then we do not have the right to say:

"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"

We need to give thanks to those that make the tutorials for us.
If you don't like the sayings than don't use them!!
Lynn Milewski  |  Wed May 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM
It is a shame that we must dictate "be nice." Love the tutorials. Print them out, try a lot of them and wish for the others. This is definite a "try." Thanks again.
Bobbi  |  Wed May 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM
Laura, I love this card and all of its elements. Thanks for your tutorial. Please do not apologize for being a religious person! Comments on this site are supposed to be positive not religious persecution no matter how subtle.
Kathy  |  Sat May 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM
Wonderfully said, Dottie.

And a wonderful tutorial! I "get" it now
Alma de la Rosa  |  Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM
excellent tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing!
Tula  |  Tue May 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM
love the card technique... thanks for sharing!
Pam Sparks  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM
Creative individuals express themselves in their OWN way and hope that someone appreciates their art. Doesnít mean you have to believe in it or follow it; just respect the individualsí vision.
Not all SCS members believe in Halloween, Easter, Birthdays, either, but if you come away with one idea from the Artist displaying their craft than Iím excited to watch your next tutorial. Please donít keep it neutral image the world just being black and white.
Donít use these sites to voice your personal values and opinions no matter how well meaning it might be.
Leah  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM
What a shame that we must have a "be nice" policy. What about courtesy, tolerance and appreciation for skill and artistic talent? Love the card and the tutorial.
Bobbi  |  Wed May 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM
I want to say thanks for the tutorial, can't wait to try it. As for the lady who complained about the sentiment used , get real ! Nobody is ordering you to use that sentiment , use whatever you want, as for me I love The Lord and love that sentiment . Praise God and all the people not afraid to say it.
Diane  |  Thu May 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

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