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.

This side-step card is simply amazing. Thank you for mentioning which die to use for the grass. Might have to invest in that one... one more thing for my wish list! Beautiful card!!
Mrs O  |  Mon May 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM
what makes this card so cool is how you colored your embellishments what kind of markers did you use or technique to color them. enjoy watching your tutorials have learned lots thanks for the inspiration
sonya  |  Mon May 2, 2011 at 8:54 PM
Hi Beate,
I was wondering where you write your personal greeting with this card? Is there an "inside" or is it meant to be only viewed as is? I made a version of this card and it looks kind of messy if you open it up to look for an inside greeting. Any thoughts?
Thanks for sharing another beautiful creation!
Amy  |  Mon May 2, 2011 at 11:38 PM
I used Copic Markers to color the images. You can find a listing of all the supplies used in my gallery upload in the technique gallery.

There is no good place to add a personal message, unless you add a panel to the back side of the bigger step maybe.
Beate  |  Tue May 3, 2011 at 4:19 AM
Hi Beate,
I am in awe of your beautiful card... it is a work of art! Where did you get the "raindrop" cardstock and the grass cardstock? TFS
Joanne H.  |  Thu May 5, 2011 at 4:24 PM
Fantastic tutorial and gorgeous card. I ordered a Scor-Pal but couldn't wait. I have made several using a ruler and bone scorer. Thanks so much.
susie australia  |  Mon May 9, 2011 at 8:19 PM
Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial/video today on my blog.

Nancy Ward
Nancy Ward  |  Tue May 10, 2011 at 5:46 AM
I love that "valley" card!
Thank you so much for this tutorial! In a couple of days I'll be posting a link to your tutorial on my blog, if that's ok for you.

Have a nice day! Thanx again grin
Valeria  |  Thu May 12, 2011 at 7:09 AM
That card is amazing..the folds just give it so much more dimesion.thanks for sharing
Crafty Leo 76  |  Sat May 14, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Love this card...I used the idea to make a Father's Day card for my husband!
Kathy  |  Mon May 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM
I am trying to locate your site, 2009/07/28/tool-time-unmounting-wheels/
MaryRuth Owens  |  Tue May 17, 2011 at 12:51 PM
I love the card Beate, I just made 5 cards but I have not decorated them yet.
I love your videos with the written portion. I usually need both. I have saved this to my Favorites.
Thank You and by the way you have a nice looking husband.

I have written to you before.
Diana Laabs  |  Wed May 18, 2011 at 6:51 AM
I love this card and I just made five of them but still need to decorate them.
I love having the instructions written and the video as I find it easier with both.

Thank You Beate
Diana Laabs  |  Wed May 18, 2011 at 6:59 AM
Ok, I googled a zillion different how to's on the side step and yours was the only one I could follow! Thanks for making it so simple!!
Peggy Sue  |  Tue May 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM
WOW -- that is amazing.
Eileen Kerlin  |  Fri Jul 1, 2011 at 8:46 AM
I love the card. Your instructions were perfect. I have tried other tutorials and could not get my card to lay flat. I now understand the .25 offset of the center fold is key. Thank you
Susan  |  Mon Jul 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM
Hi Beate
Just seen your exciting tutorials. I wanted to find out where I could get hold of the Flourishes 'When it rains, it pours' stamp set. I am unable to find it over here. Thank you.
Christine Graham  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Hi Christine,
I am sorry. The set is called April Showers.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Fri Jul 8, 2011 at 7:57 AM
This is one of my favorite cards to make. It looks so complicated until you do several at a time and it gets amazingly easy. I love creating the "scene" for the steps, and the cards always get a "wow".
Carol Gemmell  |  Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 6:09 AM
From all tutorials I have seen for that kind of card..this is the best!!! Thyanks for sharing!!
Rania K.  |  Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 3:57 AM

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