Saturday Tips – Side Step Card with Always Thankful

Thank you to everyone who left feedback on the style of last week’s Saturday Tips post.  The general consensus was that you liked the step-by-step instruction with photos.  So, following your suggestions, today we’re going to go through a step-by-step on how to make a side step card.  Many of you have already made these, but hopefully, I’ll refresh your memory and inspire you to make one today.  For those of you who haven’t made this type of card before, I think you going to love it.  It’s super-simple, but makes a beautiful presentation for an extra-special and unique holiday card.  In addition, I’ve had lots of comments lately from my readers who take into consideration the bulk of a card when it come to mailing, and this card is one that still has great impact without bulk and costly mailing. 

For your card base, you’ll need a 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of cardstock; I used Cajun Craze.  Next you’re going to cut a slit in the paper.  The slit will be at 3″ from the left side, running lengthwise from 1″ to 6-1/2″:

Using your Simply Scored Scoring Tool, place your paper on the board so that the slit is 2-1/2″ from the top of the board.  Score at 4-1/4″. 

Now flip the paper so that the slit is 3″ from the top of the board and score at 2″, 4″, 5-1/4″, 6-1/2″ and 7-1/2″. 

Fold on the scored lines so your card looks like this:

Isn’t that simple and fun?

Here’s how I finished my card:

The Very Vanilla cardstock that the tall image is on is 4″ x 2-1/4″ and the Spice Cake DSP on the back “step” is 2-3/4″ x 1-3/4″.  Here’s a picture taken on a little bit more of a side angle:

Make sure as you are adding items to the ‘steps’ that you take into consideration how they will appear when the card is closed.  Here’s a photo of how the card looks closed (flat).  Notice how I allowed the word “Grateful” from the Always Thankful stamp set to show without being cut off, but didn’t let any of the smaller sentiment show:

Here’s another tip:  Place both of your stamps for the sentiment on the block at the same time and eliminate the extra effort to line them up one-at-a-time.  When you look at this from the back, you can see that the actual rubber is lined up and that the two stamps are perfectly parallel with each other:

I hope I’ve inspired you to get creative and add your own favorite stamp images and embellishments to your side step card!  I’d love to know what you think about this design.  Will you try it?  Please leave your comments below.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend,





SUPPLIES:  Paper:  Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla and Spice Cake DSP;  Stamp Set:  Always Thankful and Gently Falling;  Ink:  Soft Suede, Cajun Craze and More Mustard;  Tools:  Decorative Label Punch;  Finishing Touches:  Neutrals Brads and More Mustard 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon. 

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    Cindy, your card is awesome! I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing. It’s one of the prettiest step cards I’ve seen.

  2. Charlene H.

    I have seen so many of these cards but this is the first time I’ve seen a picture tutorial. I think I can make one of these now. It looked so hard before and now it seems so simple. Thanks so much!

  3. Karen

    Outstanding! This is a work of art! Great job on the tutorial.

  4. Cindy Henry

    WOW !! I love your card and really appreciate the easy, step by step instructions. I will make one and share it with my Stamp Club (I’ve already told them about your fabulous website !).
    Thanks for all the talent you share !!
    Cindy Henry

  5. nathel

    Love your card !!! It’s so beautiful !!!
    Many thanks for the tutorial, I will try it very soon !

    Bizzz from France

  6. Bobbi Miller

    First it was the telescoping card…I had to make it and it WAS so much fun and quick. I got lots of oohs and ahhs… Now this. Cindy, it’s just beautiful! Your ideas and creativity are awesome and I cannot wait to put aside some time this weekend to make this one too. Thanks for all you do for us…. you are truly an inspiration! Have a great weekend… Blessings to you and your family.

  7. Cherie

    Wow! What a beautiful card. Thanks so much for the visual tutorial. It is so easy to follow! TFS!

  8. Donna S

    THANK YOU for the tutorial!! I LOVE the card, but have never known how to do this!!! Maybe now I can give it a try!!!!

  9. Marianne

    Good Morning Cindy !

    Once again you have made my morning coffee a delight with your step by step card and instructions. The card is stunning and I plan to use this style for some Christmas cards as well.
    Thankyou for your commitment to delighting us each day with a note and a project from you!
    blessings, Marianne

  10. Judith L Wineland

    Cindy, that is a beautiful card. Thanks for the information to make one. Have a good weekend.

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