Center Step Card Tutorial

Hello friends and viewers!  Come, grab your favorite drink and pull up your chair.  For I have a card and a tutorial to share with you on this fine last Monday of October.  MY!  How time flies and how fast the children grown before our very eyes! Yesterday, little Alexis, one of my daughter's soccer teammate celebrated her 8th birthday. It was a bowling party. Oh we had a fabulous good time! It was probably the most relaxing thing I've done all week too!  Haha.

This is a center step birthday card that I made for Alexis.  It is also my DT card for this week everyone's favorite "ANYTHING GOES!" theme over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge!  Here I am using the adorable Lady Bird & Butterfly image from our sponsor Crafty Sentiments Designs.

Tutorial - Creating  4.25 x 6 Center Step Card


paper trimmer
craft knife
cardstock/pattern papers

for this card's design, you'll need the additional materials

digi image - Crafty Sentiments Designs' Lady Bird & Butterfly 
Impression Obsession's Dies:Grass , Grass Border, and Tiny Flowers
Taylored Expressoins' Dies: Little Bits Wheelbarrow
Spellbinders' Shapeabilities: Victorian Tags
Happy birthday stamp
Copic markers


  1. Cut cardstock to 6 X 8 1/2 size. 
  2. Next, on your scoreboard, line the paper with the 8 1/2 side going horizontally.  
  3. Starting at the 1x1 inch mark, score down to the 5-inch horizontal mark.  
  4. Repeat at the 2-inch, 3.5-inch, 4.5-inch and 6.25-inch vertical marks.  
  5. For the outer edge ONLY, at the 4.25-inch vertical mark, score down to the 1-inch horizontal mark.  Still at the 4.25-inch mark, score down from the 5-inch horizontal mark to the 6-inch mark.
  6. Then, with a craft knife, cut across horizontally from the 1x1 inch mark to the 6.25 inch vertical mark.
  7. Repeat, cutting from the 1x5 inch mark to 6.25 inch vertical mark.  
This is how it should looks like.  I went pass the 6.25 a bit using a paper trimmer.  Oop!

Now time to fold. First mountain fold the outer score line, the 4.25 marks. Then, for the center, the steps, fold the score lines in the order of mountain fold, valley, mountain, valley and end at mountain. This is what you should end up with.

Front view

Flat view.  You're done!  That wasn't too bad, right?

Now decorate!  A couple views for you.

Isn't this sweetie pie the cutest?! Just look at that chubby cheeks!

I hope you've enjoy my center step tutorial and hopefully have time to come join us over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge for this week ANYTHING GOES theme.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your thoughts, comments or questions with me before you go.  It's always made my day hearing from you!   May you have a wonderful start of your week!  Enjoy the last week of October!


Desire Fourie said...

Christina this is just so cute, pretty and girly. Loving the garden scene and the balloons. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Karen Letchworth said...

What a perfectly AMAZING card, Christina. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. It's a big blessing to have you play along in our challenges, and I hope that you will join us again real soon.
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Jennifer Bradley said...

Simply beautiful and the image is so cute thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty and we hope you will join us again soon. Jennifer DT member xx

Rannah Romps said...

Oh My!!! This card is awesome Christina!! I love how you color, it is sooo good!! Those cute little flowers with the grass is adorable!! I love those new dies with the perforated lines on them too! I love your colors. She is going to love it!

Linda W. said...

I love this card so much Christina! You are one very super talented individual! Wonderful to have you as my friend also, may I say. Now I have one question - how do measure up your image before printing so you get the right size for the project? I suspect something to do on Microsoft Word?

Lisa said...

So beautiful and a great fancy fold.Love the added dimension given by the die cuts,she looks like she's really in the garden.There's certainly nothing wrong with your colouring - her face is coloured to perfection.Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.Hope to see you again next week.
Lisa x

Mrs A. said...

Lovely and easy tutorial to follow and a different version to how I make mine so will be giving it a try out. Thanks for sharing. I love your cheeky looking image and she looks so cute with her rosy cheeks. so mischievous. Thankyou for sharing with us at Crafting from The heart. Hugs ValeryAnne. D.T.

Karen C said...

How pretty! So glad you came Through ‘The Craft Room Door’ to play! Can't wait to see more of your talent!
Karen C

Cara Malmrose said...

OOOH what a sweet card for little Alexis! Great tutorial too --- thank you!
(Hugs) Cara
P.S. Don't forget to watch ttcrd come november 1st :O)

Raluca Vezeteu said...

Love, love, love it! Beautiful done, Christina! Love the colors and the awesome scene that you create it!
Hugs xx

applejack cards by sue said...

This really is the sweetest card for a little girl. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Simply Papercraft. Sue DT xx

Julie Curtis said...

This is so cute. You really did a nice job decorating this card. I haven't made a center step card but you might see one

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