Friday, June 7

Tutorial: Circle Side-Step Card

There are many different step-cards being created these days and although they are a bit fiddly at first, you soon get the general idea and can apply the concept to just about any shape.  Today's tutorial uses a circle as the base and results in a card that has a curved bottom and a series of steps on the side.  You can alter the placement of the steps and the depth of the folds to achieve the look you're after.
 
 
1. Start with a circle of cardstock measuring 61/2" in diameter.  (You can adjust the size of the circle and the step measurements for a bigger or smaller finished card.)


2.  Use a pencil to rule a feint line at the 4" mark.  I used a pen so you can see what I'm doing, but you will want to rub out the lines once you've done your measuring, cutting and folding.

3.  The steps will be on the right hand side of the card so keep your measurements and marks to the right of the first line you drew.  Starting at the bottom of your circle, measure and mark a horizontal fold line at 11/2", then add another line 1/2" above the first, another line 1" about the second, then 1/4" above the third and finally add a line 3/4" above the fourth.  (The fold lines will be at 11/2", 2", 3", 31/4" and 4".)

4.  Use a craft knife and ruler or a trimmer to cut between the first fold line and the last fold line.  Refer to the picture below - cut between the two x.

5.  Use a stylus to crease along each of the fold lines you drew in step 3.
 
 6.  Now it's time to crease along all the fold lines.  Without creasing the card on the left of the first line you drew, carefully line up the bottom and top edges of the card and add your centre fold.

7.  Fold each of the steps starting at the bottom with a mountain fold, followed by a valley fold, mountain fold, valley fold and mountain fold.  This is probably the most difficult part of making the card because you are trying to fold the two joined sections in different ways.  Refer to the photo below.

8.  Crease firmly along all the fold lines.  You will notice that when the card is closed, the right hand edge is not nice and rounded.  Simply take a small, sharp pair of scissors and cut off the excess.  It's easier to do this from the back of the card where you can follow the shape of the cardstock.

9.  Now it's time to decorate!  The step section of the card gives you the opportunity to build up dimension by adding background items on the back step and then building forward finishing with foreground objects on the very front step.
 
Have fun!!
 
Photos and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir 2013

32 comments:

  1. Beccy
    Gorgeous card and thank you soooo much for the great tutorial.
    This is something I love trying (shaped cards) and can hardly wait for morning to try it.
    Myrna

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  2. Great tutorial Beccy. It´s a beutiful card with a lovely sentiment on. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs Malin

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial Beccy, I love the final outcome, it is a beautiful card!

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  4. Love your card... it's beautiful! Thanks for the excellent tutorial, too :)

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  5. Beccy, your card is stunning. Love everything about it. Thank you for tutorial. I have made one similar card before but misplaced the template. Now I know there I can find one if needed :) Thank you!
    Hugs
    Eret

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  6. Fantastic card and tutorial Beccy..Loz

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  7. Gorgeous card and thank you soooo much for the great tutorial.
    Hugs Danica

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  8. Beccy this is so BEAUTIFUL!!! And so very very unique......It shouts SPRING!!!!!

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  9. What a beautiful card.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  10. Brilliant tutorial Beccy and as I've just bought a circle cutter I shall have a go:)
    Val x

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  11. Wonderful card and tutorial....Thank you so much....Hugz, joann

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  12. Thanks Beccy, this is beautiful.
    Rene from OZ xo

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial Beccy. It seems not easy to me.
    gr.
    Karin

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  14. Hi Beccy,

    thank you for the great tutorial. The samplecard you made ist so beautiful.

    Hugs
    Anja

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  15. A Gorgeous card, Miss Beccy! Thank you, Beccy - great tutorial - Now to try it. hugs, de

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  16. Oh wow....you have decorated this card beautifully and made such a wonderful tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing I have bookmarked this for a later date. :-)

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  17. Hi Beccy,

    This is a lovely card and your tutorial was so easy to follow. I have made a card today and it is on my blog here :-

    http://amandacruxton.blogspot.com/2013/06/osaat-167-pretty-it-up.html

    love Mandy xxx

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  18. Wow such a super card and great tutorial too Beccy, your work is always amazing :) Viv xx

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  19. this is the first time I saw circle step card. wonderful. All ready I made one, it came out very good. Thanks for the instruction.

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  20. this is the first time I saw circle step card. wonderful. All ready I made one, it came out very good. Thanks for the instruction.

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  21. this is the first time I saw circle step card. wonderful. All ready I made one, it came out very good. Thanks for the instruction.

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  22. What a wonderful tutorial! But I do have a question. How do you add your decorative paper to the top of the card base? Before or after the folds?

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    1. Hi Becky. I always add the decorative paper after all the folding is done. That way I can measure accurately to make sure everything fits perfectly.
      Cheers,
      Beccy

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  23. Thanks Beccy for the great tutorial. I have seen this type of card before but the instructions were confusing. You made them clear, simple and easy to follow.
    Just found your blog, love it!

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  24. Great tutorial and simple to follow. The card is beautiful, I'm going to make this style for my Christmas cards. Thank You for sharing !!

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  25. Gracias, bello tutorial, espero me quede linda...estoy aprendiendo. Su trabajo es muy lindo! Gracias

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  26. Oh how beautiful !
    I recently found this tutorial and I am very happy with it !
    Much greetings from Yolanda Louwersheimer from Holland !

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  27. Oh how beautiful !
    I recently found this tutorial and I am very happy with it !
    Much greetings from Yolanda Louwersheimer from Holland !

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  28. It is very creative and beautiful, i will add this one to my collection if you do not m8nd. Thanks a lot for your tutorial. Very intersting and clear Beccy.

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