Vertical Step Card

by Robin Tharaldson

Create a dimensional card with a stair step feature.


  • Printable Vertical Step Card template
  • Scoring tool
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Foam pad
  • Straight pin
  • Ruler
  • Cardstock cut to 5” x 6“
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (used here: Authentique Cuddle Boy papers; Die-namics Bundle of Baby Clothes and Stitched Alphabet die sets; Hello die (unknown); MFT Welcome, Baby clear stamp set)


  1. Step 1

    Print the Vertical Step Card template at 100%. Trim to 5” x 6”.

  2. Cut a piece of cardstock to 5” x 6” and sandwich it with the card layout on top. Place both pieces on a foam pad.

  3. Step 2

    Using a straight pin, pierce at each intersection. Make sure you pierce through both layers. Repeat on all 4 horizontal lines.

  4. You will have 4 pin holes on each line.

  5. Step 3

    Place the cardstock onto a score board. Using a scoring tool or stylus score from the top to the first pin hole.

  6. Score from the top to the 3rd pin hole. Notice you have skipped the 2nd pin hole.

  7. Step 4

    Drop down to the row of pin holes, and starting with the 2nd hole, score to the pin hole immediately below.

  8. Continue scoring as shown. Each new row begins one pin hole to the right. Once you are done scoring you will see the beginnings of your 5 steps!

  9. Step 5

    Place a pencil mark (for reference only) on the first and fourth pin hole for each line.

  10. Using a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat, cut from pencil mark to pencil mark as shown.

  11. Step 6

    Create a mountain fold on all the left score lines and a valley fold on all the right score lines.

  12. Using a bone folder create sharp creases, and make sure the card opens and closes smoothly.

  13. Step 7

    The card base is ready to embellish. In the sample, panels were cut for the fronts of the steps. All strips are 3/4" high. The first one is 3/4" long, then 1-1/4", 1-3/4", 2-1/4", and 2-3/4".

  14. Step 8

    Complete the project. The finished card folds flat to 4" x 5" and will fit in a standard A2 envelope.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Vertical 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.

Enjoy card, but need instructions on how you did top surfaces of each stair.
Gretchen Collins  |  Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 3:08 AM
Gretchen, the tops of the steps remain open, like the photo in step 7.
Dina  |  Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 3:54 AM
Great video Robin. Thanks for sharing!
Patti McDermott  |  Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 6:20 AM
Ahhh, it looked like white tops in photo # 8, but looking again, I see that's the white sides (back side of two-sided paper) peeking through.
Gretchen Collins  |  Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 8:05 AM
Fabulous tutorial! Can't wait to try this!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 8:33 AM
Hi! Video screen is just all black. Any ideas on how to get video?
Jackie DeVolder  |  Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 9:23 AM
My great niece is having a baby boy in the next couple of weeks. I'm going to attempt this card this afternoon! Looks like you could adapt it for different occasions, too!
Jill Meyers  |  Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 10:20 AM
Great card, can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the template!
Shelley Siemers  |  Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 8:47 PM
Thanks, Robin, for a wonderful tutorial! I loved the video and love your step-out photos. And thanks for a great template! Love how easy this is, and you've really made a beautiful card with it! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Thu Aug 17, 2017 at 8:18 AM
Lovely card, great pictures. Too bad I can't see the video, it's total black.
Jolanda Kortus  |  Fri Aug 18, 2017 at 12:07 PM
I have the same problem as Jackie DeVolder, My video screen is black also. Any idea what is wrong? Thanks in advance.
Sonja Woodward  |  Fri Aug 18, 2017 at 10:11 PM
This is so clever, will be showing my friends on our next craft get together. Thank you for tutorial.
Barbara Lindsey  |  Sat Aug 19, 2017 at 4:43 PM
Love this video! Can't wait to try this. Maybe this time I finally can make a stepcard. Thank you so much for the tutorial and video.
Jolanda Kortus  |  Thu Sep 7, 2017 at 7:33 AM
Easy and Excellent tutorial--thanks for sharing it with us Robin!
Susanne Gleason  |  Thu Sep 7, 2017 at 12:31 PM

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