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

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

Mary Jane,
Scroll back up to the top of the tutorial, then check the right hand side. You will see a box that says print this tutorial. Click on it and you will get the printable version of the directions.
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM
You are really talented! And thank you for sharing your ideas!! This is beautiful.
SrjnmPm  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Beate, I don't usually say OMG, but OMG!!! I am blown away by the awesomeness of this card. I will definitely have a go at it. TFS!!
Homegrownart  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM
This is absolutely adorable & your directions are SO easy to understand! I cannot wait to try this!
Jannarama  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 3:32 PM
I love it!
Niema Bryson  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 3:57 PM
I love that stamp set by Flourishes, but can't find it anywhere on the internet. Do you have any suggestions?
Martha  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM
Check the first page of the comment section. I added a direct link to the stamp set in an earlier comment.
Beate  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 5:16 PM
Beate~ I have seen this stair step before but yours makes me anxious to actually do it. This is a seriously cute card. Thanks for always giving us great ideas and easy instructions!
Lura  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 5:21 PM
Hi Beate - I too would love details of the embellishments used - are they stamps that you have coloured? Thanks
Jill Groom  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 6:42 PM
Hi Jill! If you click over to the gallery, you'll see her card and all the supplies she used smile
lydia  |  Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 6:44 PM
YEAH!!! Finally!! I have been trying to do this for months and could only find tutorials that didn't work!! Thanks SO much for sharing!
Sharon  |  Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 5:30 AM
Hi Beate
I love your card and your ideas. Thank you for sharing and your hard work! I have seen the side step card made with several different dimensions, however when I try to make them my card turns out uneven. Are there certain dimensions that you need to stick with to make sure your card is even with the folds and valleys? I hope this makes sense. Please help! Thank you
Chris B  |  Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 6:50 AM
LOVE this card!!! Thank you soooo much.
Tine  |  Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Great tutorial can't wait to finish decorating my card. Will make an adorable finished project. I will post it when I am done. thanks for sharing. This will become one of my favorites
stampdujour  |  Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Just love this card, but when I made it, I got the folds back to front, so instead of the stairs being on the right hand side, they are on the left hand side, and it really looks different from the ones everyone else has made, obviously I didn't read the instructions properly, but am fairly happy with this (to me) new technique. thanks again for the tutorial - jasann
Jasann Patrick  |  Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 3:13 AM
I have a swap coming up & was stumped for something "different" - I'm so gonna use this!! Thanks, Beate! PS One of my best girlfriends is named "Beata" - she's from Poland smile
Jen  |  Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM
How does this fit in an envelope / get mailed? I have made two following the directions, but they do not lay flat... so they don't really work for mailing. Am I doing something wrong, or is that just the case?

Linda C  |  Sun May 1, 2011 at 8:26 AM
Ok, I kept messing with it and if you change the 6 1/2" down to 6 1/4" mine will lay flat... Hope that helps.
Linda C  |  Sun May 1, 2011 at 8:35 AM
Linda, my card lays flat with the measurements from the tutorial. Just measured the score lines on my finished card again. 1", 2", 3 1/4", 4 1/2" and 6 1/2" works fine for me.
Beate  |  Sun May 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM
I love it! I'm definetly going to try this one. smile Thank you for sharing.
Debbie Meijer  |  Mon May 2, 2011 at 3:07 AM

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