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Concertina Step Card

Hello everyone and happy Monday.

To kick start the week I have these unusual Concertina Step cards.

Concertina Step Fold Card

This is a really unique looking card and a clever twist on a standard Concertina card.

Concertina Step Fold Card

This was requested by Linda who sent me a picture last year, I get so many requests but I do try and get through them all it just takes me some time.

Concertina Step Fold Card

Most versions of this card don’t have the outer card base and I didn’t see any that were 5″ x 7″ which is my preferred card size.

Concertina Step Fold Card

The “Happy Birthday” stamp is by Woodware and available from Hobbybase.

Woodware "Big Birthday Words" stamp set

I used the new First Edition “Chasing Rainbows” paper pack, which I love! it has so much sparkle, texture & colour.

Chasing Rainbows Paper Pack

I also used the new Dovecraft Mermaids & Unicorns pearlized cardstock. Available from Amazon.

Dovecraft Mermaids & Unicorns Card Pack

The interlocking middle part gives the card a fun and unusual look as well as strength.

Concertina Step Fold Card

I also love that you can have this portrait or landscape.

Concertina Step Fold Card

To make these cards you will need…

1 piece of 10″ x 7″ coloured cardstock for your card base.

Score along the 10″ side at 5″ and fold in half.

1 piece of 10.1/2 x 6.3/4 white cardstock for your main concertina part.

Score along the 10.1/2 side at 1.3/4 then flip it over and score at 3.1/2, then flip over again and score at 5.1/4 then flip over again and score at 7″ and finally flip over again and score at 8.3/4. By flipping your cardstock over each time your card won’t crack when we do the concertina folding.

Then score along 6.3/4 side at 1.3/4 & 5″ starting from the first score line down to the last. As shown in my template below.

Concertina Step Fold Card Template

1 piece of 4.3/4 x 7″ coloured cardstock for your smaller inlocking concertina part. Score along the 7″ side at 1.3/4 then flip over the card and score at 3.1/2 then flip it back over again and score at 5.1/4

2 pieces of 1.1/2 x 6.1/2 pattern paper to decorate to two inside panels.

8 pieces of 1.1/2 x 1.1/2 pattern paper to decorate your eight small square.

4 piece of 1.1/2 x 4.1/2 patterned paper to decorate the four inside middle panels.

1 piece of 6.3/4 x 4.3/4 pattern paper to mat the front of your card.

1 piece of 6.1/2 x 4.1/2 pattern paper to layer on top of your mat.

Embellishments, die cuts and stamps to decorate your card.

Check out my full tutorial below to see how I made them.

The cards fold flat and will fit in a standard 5″ x 7″ envelope.

You can either find space inside to write your message or use the back as I did below.

Concertina Step Fold Card

There are so many panels to this card which makes it a good one to personalise.

Concertina Step Fold Card

I just love the profile you get from this card.

Concertina Step Fold Card

Such a happy looking card.

Concertina Step Fold Card

I hope you like today’s card and you feel inspired to give it a go yourself.

Remember to share any projects to make inspired by my tutorials over on my Facebook group Mixed Up Crafters.

Happy crafting.




6 thoughts on “Concertina Step Card

  1. Hi Sam…..Yup, I really believe you should have been an engineer!!! Your folds are so fantastic. These type of cards are what I’m in to. Love to make them. I also sincerely appreciate the fact that you have decided to make a template that we can follow. I’m now making them along with you so I have a sample card and a template! TY so very much for all your effort you put forth in creating magnificent cards and other projects (bags – love these too)!

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  2. Fabulous fancy fold card – thank you so much for sharing your ideas! As Claire above says, the template is fabulous to have to keep for reference – I’ll be saving mine in a separate folder for future uses:)

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  3. Hi Sam
    I am 52 and just getting into card making. You make the most amazing cards with clear and easy instructions and your tutorials are great and easy to follow. The only issue I am having is when you make your own card base, what grade of cardstock ie white or plain coloured card do you use please?

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  4. Hello, Allison. Thank you for your kind comment, I’m glad you enjoy my cards. I either buy pre-made card blanks from Hobbycraft or The Works or I use 200gsm smooth cardstock from Papermill Direct. Hope that helps. I also use the Papermania Capsule collection coloured card stock which is 216 gsm but once you ass your mats and layers to it, it soon becomes stronger. 🙂


  5. Thank you so, so much for the information this helps a lot, your an angel. Keep up the awesome work and I am looking forward to future project from you

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