How to make a centre stepper card

With just a few simple cuts and folds, follow our step-by-step guide to discover how to make central stepper cards. Add fun stamped scenes or large sentiment toppers to the central panel for maximum impact.

How to make a central stepper card

We love creating different styles of card bases – it’s a great way to add extra interest to a design and will often provide you with extra space to add lovely papers and embellishments. Here, we show you how to create a centre stepper card, which offers lots of versatility. The large central panel is perfect for your stamped images, a brush script sentiment or even a fun shaker!

To make this centre stepper card, you can follow our simple four-step guide below. When you’ve made the base from step 1, create another base from sturdy card and keep as a template for your future side steppers – this will save you lots of time spent measuring!

What you need to make this centre stepper card:

  • Festive-patterned papers
  • White and coloured card
  • Craft knife
  • Craft mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Red gems
  • Glitter glue

Step 1

How to make a central stepper card 1

Trim a piece of white card to 16x28cm. Staring from the left-hand side, mark the panel at 10cm, 14cm, 20cm and 24cm. From each point, draw 20cm in. Cut a slit from the 10cm mark to the 24cm mark down each side of the panel. Score from the edge of the panel to the cut line from the 10cm, 20cm and 24cm marks. Score along the panel between the panels at the 14cm mark. Crease along the score lines using a bone folder and fold to form a centre stepper base, as shown.

Central stepper guide

Central stepper guide

____ = Cut lines

_ _ _ = Score lines


Step 2

How to make a central stepper card 2

Cover the central panel with red patterned paper. Add a smaller piece of white card with a red handrawn border to the central panel. Cover the two side panels and the front border panel with red patterned paper.

Step 3

How to make a central stepper card 3

Trim a sentiment border and attach to the base. Trim a candle topper and attach to the base with foam pads.

Step 4

How to make a central stepper card 4

Add four sprigs of mistletoe  to the top of the base, using foam pads to raise the two smaller pieces. Add red gems along the top of the base. Finish with touches of glitter glue.