Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How to Make the Side Step Card 

Here is another version of the Side Step Card for you to try.
This version was designed to hold the clouds above our April Showers image. 

Step 1.  Measure Card Base
For this card I used a piece of cardstock that measured 5 1/4 by 10 1/2.
This example will give you a finished card that measures 5 1/4 inches square.

Step 2.  Mark Right and Left Side of Card
Use a pencil and ruler to measure 3/4 of an inch from the left side of the card 
and the right side of the card.  Mark lightly so that it will be easy to erase your
guide marks later.  These lines will be the cut line guides as well as the edge 
of the score lines that you will make in the following steps. 


Step 3.  Measure and Score
Using a scoring tool, score at 2 5/8", 5 1/4", 7", 8 5/8" and 9 1/2".  
The score line that you make at the 5 1/4 inch measurement will be 
the only score line that goes from the left edge of the card all the way 
across to the right side of the card.  All of the other score lines should 
stay between the guide marks that you drew in Step 2.


Step 4.  Cut Step Area
Use a straight edge and a craft knife to cut along the lines made in Step 2.  
Begin the cut at the 2 5/8 inch score line and continue it to the 9 1/2 inch score line.


Step 5.  First Set of Folds
Fold a "mountain fold" along the 2 5/8 inch line.  Fold a "valley fold" 
along the inner portion of the 5 1/4 inch line.  The two outer edges of the 
5 1/4 inch line will be "mountain folds".


Step 6.  Second Set of Folds
Fold a "mountain fold" along the 7 inch score line.  
Fold a "valley fold" along the 8 5/8 inch score line. 


Step 7.  Last Fold
Fold a "mountain fold" at the 9 1/2 inch score line. 


Step 8.  Finished Folds
Here is a side view of the card once all of the folds are done. 
*Note* - I had some problems with this card and the measurements. 
 I really thought a 5 1/4 inch card would be more manageable for mailing 
so I set out to make one.  You may have a little trouble with the 8 5/8 inch fold. 
If the bottom doesn't line up perfectly then insert the bottom into your paper 
cutter to make it perfect.  I know, I know...that is kind of cheating.  
But trust me, only you and I will ever know.  :)

Now you are ready to decorate and personalize your card!  Be sure to look
through our Online Store to find great images to use on your cards.  
And don't forget to share your creations!  Send me pictures and you may 
find your masterpiece featured in our gallery.  :) 


Step 9.  Optional Step
My cards usually have alot of design elements.  And the 
embellishments you add to the side step card add more 
weight than you might think.  This weight can cause the 
card to "do the splits" when you are displaying it.  To fix 
this problem I came up with the idea of adding a ribbon to 
the bottom of the card.  For my card I decided that I wanted
a 4 inch spread.  I cut my ribbon at about 4 1/2 inches. 
I attached one end of the ribbon under the patterned paper 
on the front of the card.  Once attached I measured 4 inches 
and attached the other end of the ribbon behind patterned 
paper on the back of the card.  It works!  And when you fold 
the card the ribbon easily tucks under the step folds.  

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