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.

Thank you for this tutorial. I received a similar card in a swap and I have tried to reproduce it with dismal results. I have already made the base thanks to your easy to understand tutorial.
As for the sentiment, I cannot read it as it is too small. I am sorry it caused someone to take exception to its use. Use whatever sentiment you like. Some people do not celebrate Halloween or Christmas that doesn't mean that Halloween or Christmas cards shouldn't be displayed. My Mom has passed, but I will still look at Mother's day cards usually because they have gorgeous flowers on them. The gallery & tutorials are there for whomever wishes to learn and get ideas. To ask a believer not to use a Bible verse goes against their belief system. "But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven." Matt 10:33
Fran Nikides  |  Fri May 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM
Thanks Laura and Beate for this great tutorial and video.
Here is my card :
Monique  |  Tue May 21, 2013 at 2:45 AM
Thanks very much for the tutorial, it worked out on my first attempt! appreciate it!
Carlene Dyche  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM
I had difficulty lining up the two segments the first time I tried this card so the second time I lined up the two segments before adding adhesive. I folded back the back section first, added adhesive and stuck it down. I then folded back the front section and did the same. It worked perfectly. Thank you for a great tutorial.
Carole McAllister  |  Sat May 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM
Laura, thank you so much for breaking this pattern down for us. Thank you Beate for giving us yet another easy to follow tutorial. I am also one of those people that need to see step by step directions in a tutorial. If I have to go by printed instruction only, well lets just say my swing cards won't swing, flip cards don't flip and so on. Although I do amuse myself, get a good laugh then into the trash they go! With this tutorial I think I can do it. Thanks for the encouragement!
I normally would not comment on someone else's negative post but I felt so bad for Laura that I just have to. Laura, your card is beautiful and the sentiment is perfect. Isn't it funny how all those different colors and patterns in your patchwork paper come together to become one beautiful piece of work. hmmm! Personally, I can't imagine that anyone would find that sentiment offensive on this website. The only thing I found offensive was the rudeness of the original poster.
Beate and Laura, thanks again for all the hard work you do for us. Now off I go to give this one a try!
Donna  |  Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Great tutorial and such a fun card to make. Took me a little while but I got there in the end. Looks fab! I made a few adjustments to the measurements of the inside panels (the decorating part) because I like my cardstock to show on all edges. Am about to upload my creation to the gallery - my first ever card on here!
Alanna Nelson  |  Wed Jul 3, 2013 at 9:10 PM
Could you possible "Pin" this to Pinterest? It's a great tutorial. Thanks!
Donna  |  Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM
Love this card, great instructions - I am looking forward for more. As for some of the other comments, I do believe we are becoming way too sensitive anymore ... I have more thoughts about this, but this is a stamping and tutorial forum. As such, I loved this this very well done tutorial!. Thank you!
Margit  |  Thu Jun 2, 2016 at 11:42 AM
Really cool card! I was able to make one for a friend who has a birthday this week. One thing I noticed, though, is that the measurements for the patterned paper pieces are off by about 1/8", at least on the widths of the pieces. I was able to correct it as I went, once I realized what was happening. But you may want to correct this in the tutorial. The pieces should actually be smaller than the measurements provided. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! smile
Andrea La Vigne  |  Wed Aug 24, 2016 at 3:21 PM

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