Simple Stepper Card

Create a simple stepper card using this easy to follow technique.

This card can be made without a template. It involves a couple of measurements, two folds and one cut.

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You can apply this method to any size of card. You will just need to do a bit of working out and alter the measurements for the size of card you are using. You will then be able to make a card to suit your exact requirements.


I am using a 10 x 7" piece of card. 

Score and fold the card half way along its longer edge ( in this example at 5")

With the folded card in front of you and with the folded edge at the top, measure in 3" from the right hand side. Cut down from that point - my cut is 2 1/2" - shown as the red line on my picture.

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Whatever size of card you are using, you can decide how wide you want to make the left hand side of your card, to accommodate the size of the card topper you plan to use. You can also alter the length of the cut into the card, as long as it doesn't exceed half of the card's height. The height of my card is 5", so my cut couldn't be more than 2 1/2".

On the right hand side of your card score from the bottom of the cut line to the edge of the card - shown as a blue dashed line on my picture.

Fold the scored line forwards and use a bone folder to rub along the crease. Then fold it backwards and again reinforce the crease with your bone folder. Push the folded flap flat against your work surface.

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Open the card slightly and gently push the creased and folded right hand part of the card downwards to make your step.

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Your card is now ready to decorate. You could mat and layer papers onto it, add a card topper, greeting and other embellishments.

On the card that is pictured at the top of the page I matted and layered Graphic 45 papers and toppers. I fussy cut the sunflowers out of one of the papers. I curled the edges of them slightly to give some dimension and then layered two identical images together with silicone craft glue. I stuck the sunflowers and postage stamp on with 3d foam pads.

Once you have mastered this easy stepper card technique you might like to look at my side step card instructions and make a card with extra steps.

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