Side Step Card

by Beate Johns

Create a card that has step folds on one side.


  • One 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock

  • Scor-Buddy™, or other scoring tool

  • Paper cutter

  • Additional cardstock and embellishments to decorate the card


  1. Step 1

    Line up the short side of the cardstock at 3" in a paper cutter.

  2. Start at 1" and cut all the way to 6 1/2".

  3. Step 2

    Score the 2 1/2" wide section of the card at 4 1/4".

  4. Step 3

    Score the 3" wide section at 1", 2", 3 1/4", 4 1/2" and 6 1/2".

  5. Step 4

    Fold the score line at 4 1/4" down.

  6. Step 5

    Fold the first score line on the right hand side of the card down (mountain fold),

  7. fold the second fold up (valley fold).

  8. Step 6

    Continue to fold the score lines mountain valley style.

  9. Step 7

    Fold the last score line down to finish the card base.

  10. Step 8

    Finish the card by decorating the long side as well as the steps.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Side Step Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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How is that grass made? are those special scissors or an edge punch?? see that often and am dying to know!!! Thanks!
Gloria Serfillippi  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 4:44 AM
Hi Gloria,
The grass is cut with My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass Die-namics Die
Beate  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 4:57 AM
This is SUCH a fantastic tutorial and the elements are just stunning Beate! I wish I had even a TINY amount of your ability to bring card and paper to life!
Viv  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 5:09 AM
You make it look so easy! Thank you - I certainly will try this!
Teresa  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 5:40 AM
What a very unique and fun idea! I just love all the tutorials you create and present to us.
Thanks for the easy to understand video.
Blue Skies!
Betty  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 5:53 AM DO make this look like a simple project--adorable card...You have inspired me...I am going to try this!

I am also going to ck out those stamps--adorable!
Susanne  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 5:56 AM
I love the card. Would you mind telling where you obtained the gorgeous embellishments?
Thank you for sharing.
Kris  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 6:07 AM
So beautiful Beate!!! I'm going to try one of these for sure - you are so inspiring!!! xoxox Cindy
Cindy Lyles  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 6:40 AM
I added a link for the grass die in an earlier comment. The stamps are a new set by Flourishes called Spring Showers.
The Scor-Buddy can be purchased directly from the Scor-Pal site or in many online stores. Or get it's big brother, the Scor-Pal. Love both tools.

Thanks everyone for the kind words. You guys made my day! Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 7:10 AM
This looks so unique and doable. Usually, I look and think everything is too hard for me. I am definately going to try this one. Thanks
Billie  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 7:17 AM
This is adorable but what size envelope will it fit in?
Missyr_25  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 7:25 AM
Thank you Beate. This card is so unique ... can't wait to try it !!
Leanne  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 7:34 AM
This is a GREAT tutorial!!! I appreciate the chance to finally make one of these! Your instructions are easy to follow. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial! :D And the resulting card is FABULOUS!!!
diane mcvey  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 7:36 AM
I look forward to every tutorial you do on here, even if I have made the card before, like this one, but your tutorial is so much easier to follow than the first one I did. Thanks
Carole Philpot  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 7:47 AM
Missyr_25, the card will be 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" when folded up....regular card size. A regular card envelope will work.
beate  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 8:20 AM
I'm not able to access the gallery for the Side Step Card. Please advise. Thanks
Jacky Burkhardt  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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beate  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 8:37 AM
This looks awesome! Can't wait to try it. I want to buy
the die cut...wish I had it for my Easter cards!
Sondra in San Diego  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM
This is SO GREAT!!! I've been looking for something different!! Thanks for sharing!
gretchen keeler  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM
Do you have a printable version of the directions? I would love it because my computer's not in my art studio.
Mary Jane Rettig  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

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