Step Card Walk through guide /card making tutorial , 5 Different Designs

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Hello here is my walk through card making guide / tutorial on how to make  Step cards as promised.

I would like to enter this first card  in to the Sarah Hurley Challenge blog Challenge  51 – Halloween horrors

In this walk through guide / card making tutorial I will take you through how to make your  own homemade step (stepper) cards, I have included 5 different designs (shapes)  of step card in this tutorial and each tutorial will give you step by  step instructions and measurements on how to make your own homemade step cards.

To begin with making this  card I took an A3 sheet of card and measured and drew a line across (horizontally) the page half way up  (card in the portrait, measurement 21cm), I then measured and drew lines (vertically) 7cm in from each side and then measured and drew lines (horizontally) at 4cm, 6cm, 9cm, 10cm and 16cm (measured from the bottom of the card). Finally I measured and drew a line (horizontally) across the card 14cm down from the top of the card.

Once  this is done you need to score the center horizontal line all the way across the card (from edge to edge), the other horizontal lines all need to be scored aswell but the other horizontal lines must only be scored in the central area of the card and must not be scored over the vertical line on either side.

The next step is to take a craft knife and cut along  the vertical lines (that are 7cm in from each side) beginning from the where the vertical line meets the horizontal line marked at 14cm from the top down to the where the vertical line meets the horizontal line marked at 4cm up from the bottom,  do this for both vertical lines.

When all of your lines are  cut and scored in the appropriate places first fold the card over on the center score line and then fold the other score lines (in the center), the  score line  at 4cm will need to be folded downwards in to the card so that  the  score line at 6cm will be a valley, the score line at 9cm will then be a mountain, 10cm valley, 16cm mountain, the center line 21cm will be a valley (for the middle section, the outer areas must be mountain on the center line) and then the score line 14cm from the top will be your final mountain.

Your first step card structure is now complete, to decorate I added panels of matt and layering in silver and black holographic glitter card, I then drew my character, her puppy and the pumpkins and coloured them with PanPastels, cut them out and stuck them in place. I used a small piece of slim ribbon as the dog’s lead and then tied a bow using two strands of purple and silver ribbon two strands of black and silver ribbon and two strands of green ribbon.

To begin making this card  I started with a piece of black A4 card, with the card in landscape position and scored a line vertically down the center (my card measured 298mm so the center was 149mm in). When this is done turn your card to portrait position and measure and draw a line vertically 5cm in from both sides of the card, then with the card still in portrait position measure and draw lines horizontally 3cm in and 4cm in from both the top and the bottom. Next score our horizontal lines but only between the vertical lines (do not score to the edges of the card), when you have scored all of your lines take a craft knife and cut the vertical lines from the 3cm line at the top to the 3cm line at the bottom (do not cut past the lines to the edge of the card).

Once you have all of your lines cut and scored fold the center line then fold the lines at 3cm  from the top and bottom of the card downwards toward the inside of the card so  that the 4cm lines will be a valley. Your card structure is complete, to decorate I cut out panels of gold card and some snowflake paper that was part of the Serif Craft Artist collection that was free with Crafts Beautiful magazine, layered them and stuck them down. Then using the same gold and snowflake papers and another small  piece of black card to cut out layers using Spellbinders Nestabilites dies and used a stamp from stampendous to stamp my greeting on to the snowflake paper, layering it on the gold and then the black and sticking it in to the center panel of the card. Finally I added a little metal santa charm to each side of the card.

To begin making this card, I took a piece of A4 red holographic glitter card, I measured and drew a line across the center of the card vertically (with your card landscape position, my card measured 297mm so the center was 148.5mm) and then drew another line vertically at 128.5mm in from the left hand side. Next I drew lines vertically 4cm in from the right and 6cm in from the right, I then drew lines horizontally at 4cm in from the top and bottom of the card. In the picture below I have rubbed out the pieces of the lines that are not to be scored or cut.

  At this point score along the vertical lines that are left (in the center only at 128.5mm from the left and all of the other vertical lines only within the 4cm areas at the top and bottom as shown in the picture) then take a craft knife and cut along the horizontal lines 4cm in from the top and bottom of the card (only between the line 128.5mm from the left and the line 4cm in from the right  as highlighted in  the picture above).

Once this is done fold along the line 128.5mm in from the left (only in the center section marked in the picture above), then fold along the lines at 148.5mm (only in the edge sections as marked in the picture above), next fold the lines at 4cm and 6cm from the right (only in the edge sections as marked in the picture above). I have included a pictures below to try and make it clearer how to fold the card.

When the card was assembled I measured and cut out panels of green mirror board to decorate, used some decoupage that came with the Lets make cards christmas special and finally added some christmas ribbon and peel offs to finish off.

To make this card I began with a piece of A4 gold card in landscape position and drew a vertical line in the center of the card, (the card measured 297mm so this was 148.5mm), then I measured and drew a line horizontally 9cm down from the top of the card. Within the 9cm space measure vertical lines 7.5cm, 5.5cm and 1cm from the center line towards the right hand edge of the card. Next measure and draw a line within the 9cm space measuring 11cm from the left hand side of the card and then 0.5cm  from  the center  line  towards the left  hand side of the  card  (within the 9cm space) Once this is done rub out the center line in the 9cm space (leave the center line in  place  on the bottom half of the card) and score all  of the remaining  lines  as shown pictures below then take a craft knife and cut along the 9cm line between the 7.5cmfrom the center to the right and the 11cm line from the left edge of the card.

Once you have cut and scored all of  the lines fold the center line in the  larger section and then fold the lines in the 9cm section so that the line 5.5cm from the center is a valley, the line 1cm from the center line is a mountain and the line 0.5cm to the left of the center line is a valley.

To decorate I cut out panels from card that came in a forever friends freebie kit with Papercraft Inspirations magazine and punched the corners with an EK success corner punch, layered them up and used chipboard shapes from the same kit to decorate, finishing with a bow tied from christmas ribbon.

To star making this card  I took a piece of A4 blue holographic glitter card  in he landscape position and scored a line in the center (vertically 148.5mm)  next I measured and drew in lines horizontally at 4cm from the top and the bottom of the card then I measured and drew in vertical lines at 4cm, 6cm, 12cm, and 19.5cm from the right hand side of the card. I then cut along the horizontal lines at 4cm from the top and the bottom cutting from the line 4cm in from the right to the line 19.5cm in from the right. I then scored the remaining vertical lines only in the 4cm areas at the top and bottom of the card and not across the center panel.

Once  this was done I folded the center section along the central score line and then folded the edge score lines so that the 6cm on both sides were valleys, the lines at 12cm are mountains, the lines in the center of the outer edges are valleys (148.5mm line) and the lines at 19.8 make your final mountain. Again I decorated this  card using card and chipboard shapes from the free kit from Papercraft Inspirations magazine.

I hope you have enjoyed this card making  tutorial / walk through guide on how to make step cards (stepper cards) please feel free to let me know how you get on with making your own homemade cards.

Thanks for reading this post as always I love to hear from you

Lindsay xx

P.S. dont  forget  to check out  the PanPastel Challenge blog, the  theme this week  is New Beginnings so please come  along and join in.

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About craftymonster81

I have always enjoyed arts and crafts of many different kinds and have recently found that card making / paper craft is a real passion for me. I draw / paint alot of my own designs for my cards but also use products from many of the well loved crafty names out there too. I am currently looking for work as an illustrator / craft designer and have now set up a page on this blog called My Artwork Gallery to show some of my work. I love to see your comments on either my artwork or my cards so please feel free to leave any comments you may have and if anyone is interested in any of my artwork please feel free to contact me. Thanks for looking at my blog. Lindsay xx

7 responses »

  1. oh just love these cards all so different yet all so effective love the desings too,super tutorial,to hugs cherylxxxxx

  2. Thanks ever so for the tutorial, very clear instructions. Great range of cards as well. Sarah

  3. Fantastic cards love the shape. Your Halloween card is a smashing entry in the Sarah Hurley Challenge – thanks for joining us. Jxx

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