Star Book

by Beate Johns

A very special 3-D card.


  • 2 pieces of matboard (4" x 4"). Cut pieces from a cereal box work too.
  • 7 pieces of cardstock for the outer pages (8" x 4")
  • 7 pieces of cardstock for the middle pages (6.5" x 3.5")
  • 7 pieces of cardstock for the inner pages (5.5" x 3")
  • Terrific Tacky or other strong double-sided tape
  • Embellishments like charms, fibers, eyelets, buttons, slide mounts, microscopic slides, or anything else you want to decorate your pages with.
  • Classic ink
  • Sponges
  • Fabric (optional)
  • Fusible Web (optional)


  1. Step 1

    (Optional) If you want your matboard lined with fabric, cut two fabric and fusible web pieces into 5 1/2" squares. Follow fusible web instructions and fuse those together.

  2. Step 2

    Next, fuse the matboard in the center of the fabric.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the corners of the fabric in.

  4. Step 4

    Fold the sides over. Use your iron to fuse the fabric to the matboard on each side that you fold over.

  5. Step 5

    Score all of your pages in half. (The outer pages will be scored at 4", the middle pages will be scored at 3 1/4", and the inner pages will be scored at 2 3/4")

  6. Step 6

    Add Terrific Tacky tape on all outer edges of four of the outer double pages. Don't get any tape on the scored lines.

  7. Step 7

    Add tape to the middle and inner pages on the two outside edges of each double page.

  8. Step 8

    Tape the outer pages together in the following way: Take one page with tape and one without. Tape them together so that the scored edge will be pointing in the same direction.

  9. Step 9

    Take another page with tape and add it to the side without. Continue to tape the pages together until all the pages are gone. You should have one page with tape on each end.

  10. Optional: Add a piece of velveteen paper (2" x 4") over the middle to hide the scored page ends and make a nice spine.

    Tape the matboard covers over the last pages

  11. Step 10

    Stamp and decorate all your inner pages.

  12. Step 11

    Take one of your stamped pages and line the left side up 1/4" inside a medium page. Tape down the left side of the stamped page on the left side of the medium page.

  13. Now pull the stamped page over and tape the right side down 1/4" inside the medium page.

    Repeat this with all of the pages.

  14. Step 12

    In the same manner as in step six tape the medium pages onto the outer pages.

  15. Step 13

    Stamp an outer image if wanted and tape the ribbon that will close the book under it. Tie the book shut...and you are done!


    Different Sizes
    Try different page sizes

    Keep the height of the pages the same and change the length of the pages by 1" for each layer. Line each end of the pages up with the outer pages. It will still make a star book....but you won't have the layered look.

    Create Windows
    Use punches to add windows on the inner pages and stamp an image under it on the medium page.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Star Book. 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 is fantastic!! one of my clients have been asking about this and I had no idea what a star book was. I love it!!! and I love that i can always count on everyone here at splitcoast to help with what I need! thank you for taking the time out to put this tutorial up here!!
Cristena Bagne  |  Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 9:02 PM
that's a great idea! I'll try next to do this.
thanks and greetings from germany.
christa  |  Tue Apr 7, 2009 at 10:28 AM
I think there's an error on these instructions. Steps 5 & 8 appear twice with different instructions for both. Also, the instructions say "You're Done" in 2 places. The first instance is the first Step 8. Then the instructions start up again. Just a bit confusing.
Rae  |  Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 1:14 PM
The tutorial seems fine now. It may have been a glitch on the site. If there was an error and you fixed it, thank you!
rae  |  Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 9:54 PM
Are there instructions for a larger version of this card, I remember seeing one some where.
Measurements would be great.
Diane  |  Sat Oct 10, 2009 at 4:09 PM
I have to make a very sepcial birthday card for a friend who will be 80. This will be perfect.
Dotti Snell  |  Sat Jan 2, 2010 at 7:26 PM
That tips are great, thank you ..
I love your blog…
thank you again carry on…
GoldSalebol  |  Sun May 23, 2010 at 2:15 AM
I made it just as instructed but the paper book stays open and when I try to close it the paper bubbles - was looking for a video to see if I did it incorrect but was not able to find one
Victoria  |  Tue Apr 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM
Hi Victoria. Did you adhere the inner pages only on the outer edges (left and right side, not top and and bottom as well)?
Did you cut the pages the right size?
We don't have a video tutorial for this project yet.
beate  |  Tue Apr 5, 2011 at 1:42 PM
I did it just like the instructions, I tried to adjust the locations but then it is not aligned evenly on the side so one side is 1/2 inch from the edge left to right and the other one is more
I will keep playing with it but thanks for getting back to me so soon
Victoria  |  Tue Apr 5, 2011 at 1:49 PM

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