Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stair Step Card Tutorial by Fran


I fell in love with the cutest decorated stair step card I saw on the Whiff of Joy Blog.  I also loved the theme too.  It really inspired me to give it a try.  I guess you can say that I scrap lifted but added my own style to my version of the card.  I like to share with you the steps I took to come up with the same size card as on the Whiff of Joy Blog that folds to approximately 5” by 5” square card.

I was undecided on how I was going to decorate it so I colored the images I wanted to use.  And the background piece I wanted to use also.  But the rest of the elements may be different in the finished card then what you see below.  But not that much of a difference. I added lots of flowers and butterflies that I did not show below.

(Click on photos for larger view)

Pieces Of All Elements For Card

To get the finished size as indicated above you need a piece of card stock that measures 10-1/2” by 5”.  And you score it using the measurements indicated in the photo below.

Stair Step Card Measured and Creased

  1-1/4”, 2-1/2”, 4-1/4”, 6”, and 8-1/4”

Once you score your card you fold accordion style.  But make sure the first small fold is folded down.  And this is the portion that is the front of your card.  See photos below of how it looks once folded.

Preliminary Card Base Folded

Preliminary Card Base Folded_Side View

Once I had my card folded in the stair step style I began putting elements on the different layers (steps).  Below is a photo of the beginning stages of my card.

Partial Layout of Stair step card


Here is the finished card!  I had fun making this card and will probably make more but it does involve lots of elements.  And it helps to think of the theme so you can gear all of your elements to that theme.  I hope you like it.  Details about the card are below the photos.

Front View 1

Side View

Close close up

o  Images:  Fence & Stone Path (La La Land) now at Cutter’s Creek

o  Sassy Sally Sets in Wonder (Sassy Cheryl’s Digital Images

Note:  Fence and Sassy Sally colored w/Prisma Colored Pencils

o  Background Sky & Sun Paper (Digital paper by Creativeqube)

o  Pattern Papers – Recollections (my stash)

o  Squirrel – Free Digital Image (my stash) Colored w/Prisma         Colored Pencils

o  Mushrooms – Free Digital Image (colored using Paint Shop Pro)

o  Grass – Free SVG Cut File (my stash)

o  Sentiment – Cuddly Buddly Crafts

o  Flowers – Fancy Blossoms Die Cut by Memory Box

o  Butterflies – Butterfly Delights Die Cut by Memory Box

Liquid Pearls – by Ranger

Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger


Thank you for stopping by, Fran  


  1. GASP!!!There is so, so, so much to love here Fran! The card is nothing short of amazing and I can see all the time and work that you put into this! Fantastic, well thought out tutorial too!! Beautiful job!!

  2. Hi Fran, wonderful card and post :-) so good to see you here - I was just saying to DH the other day that I had not 'seen' you here in blogland for a day or so, and was wondering how you were.

  3. This card is ADORABLE Fran! Those images are great and I love the patterned papers you used. So cute!

  4. Oh Fran, this is gorgeous!!! What a fabulous summer card!!! : )

  5. What a fantastic tutorial and awesome card! I love it!!!!
    Thanks for sharing,

  6. Another Fantastic Fran card! I could just call it Frantastic! Yep my new word. Your step by step directions are so easy to follow. I love it!!

  7. Thanks for a great tutorial Fran! How are you doing? I have not heard from you in a while. Since breaking my hip I am not on my computer so do not have your e-mail address handy. I feel like as long as you keep doing fantastic things like this you are doing well!

  8. Fran, that is just too flipping ADORABLE!! I love everything about it!!!

  9. Just looking at your step card again Fran - one of the best cards I have ever seen you make. I love it - do more of them.

  10. Such a sweet card Fran! So detailed and interesting -- I find myself looking at every little piece of it!!

  11. I love it Fran, as with all you do! This is superb!! Mwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Paddy

  12. hi Fran!
    I hope all is well with you. your card is stunning. Beautifully made and lovely design. I love all the bright colors. Great job with the pencils. Must get mine out.
    hugs Maz

  13. Oh Fran, this is gorgeous!!! What a fabulous summer card!!! : )


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