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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Thx for the step card tutorial, makes it so much easier to try something different .

TFS... :D
Julie  |  Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 5:10 AM
a superb little how to, my kids thought it was super cool.
garden lighting  |  Mon May 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM
I can't wait to try this type of card. Thank you for the video.
Rose Bell  |  Thu Jun 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM
Great video. Thanks for the directions. Edna
Edna Burgess  |  Tue Sep 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I made a card from your tutorial, thank you.

Recently I have seen these decorated on the inside too, I have never thought to do this, should I?
Cazzy  |  Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM
Love this card.
Elizabeth Chopin  |  Fri May 13, 2016 at 12:36 PM
What a fantastic tutorial.. Thank you so much.
Angela Reed  |  Thu Aug 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM

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