Thursday, April 26, 2012

Center Stepper Card

It's been awhile since I last posted something.  My, how time flies when you are having fun.  

I made this sports-oriented card for my brother for his birthday.  I know how hard it is to make masculine cards, especially when so much of the scrapbooking industry is catering to "girls".  So, when I saw this paper line from Echo Park, called "This & That Charming", I knew it would be useful for my masculine cards, as well as scrapbooking.  I chose the 6"x6" paper pad because the print designs are reduced and sized perfectly for cards.

I had been wanting to try my hand at a center stepper card.  While there are many versions of this style, I have given you the template dimensions I used below.  You will make only two cuts along the solid vertical lines marked at 2" from each side.  The dotted lines are scored from the sides to the cut lines at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", and 7".  The dotted line marked at 5-3/4" is scored only between the cut lines.  There is only one valley fold, and that is the fold scored at 2-1/2".  The remaining folds are all mountain folds.
This is a picture of the card after I made the vertical cuts, and how the folds of the card should look.
Bear in mind that you can change the central stepper portion to accommodate your image(s), simply by moving the placement of your vertical cuts.  You can either enlarge it, or reduce it to fit your needs.  If you reduce the central stepper portion, it will then enlarge each of the two side stepper portions.  This could come in handy if you have, say, three larger images you want to display.  Oh, and don't forget, you can change the size of the card altogether by changing the size you cut card stock.  For instance, instead of starting out with a full size piece of card stock, i.e., 8.5" x 11", you can trim it and then downsize your cuts and folds accordingly.  It really is a very versatile card.  Just play with it and have fun.  

Now, here is a picture of the finished card from the side, to show you the dimension.  The card folds up for mailing.  

The vintage baseball card images were found online, and are in the public domain, from the Baseball Cards Collection at the Library of Congress.  As always, you want to be aware of copyright.  

Hope you enjoyed this post, and as always, I am so happy you stopped by.  Please leave a comment, as I always love to hear from you.  


  1. Very cool, I have never made a step out card. So I took the liberty of printing the sketch and will be trying my hand at it. TFS

  2. You are so welcome. Hope you have as much fun as I have with this. :)