How to make a faux stepper card – Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop Mar ’23…

I’ve seen a few of these types of card around recently, after a post from the Global Design Project I believe, and because I have really liked each and every one of them I decided to show you guys how to make a faux stepper card too.

A faux stepper card in pink, with flowering zinnias coloured in with green, yellow, purple and pink

I made this card as part of a ‘fun-fold’ blog hop with the Stamptastic Friends group – a small but mighty collective of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who join forces once a a month to bring you some crafty inspiration. Be sure to check out the links at the end of this post to hop around and find some other lovely fun fold card ideas.

I am in love with the new Flowering Zinnia suite of products, with its beautiful stamps, dies, papers and gems, all co-ordinating and absolutely wonderful for coloring in. The colours in the papers are so bright and cheery, too, just what is needed with all of this wet and wild weather we have been having recently.

Check out this cute video of all these beautiful products!

To make this faux stepper card I used a single piece of coloured cardstock, I chose Melon Mambo, and cut it down to 10.5cm x 27cm and 7cm x 27cm. I used my paper trimmer to score the 10.5cm wide piece on the long side at 9cm, 18cm and 22.5cm and score the 7cm wide piece on the long side at 14cm.

Fold the wider piece concertina style so that it has two ‘peaks’ and then decorate with a mat of white card and some Designer Series Paper. The two mats measure 10cm x 8.5cm and 10cm x 4cm and the two pieces of DSP measure 9.5cm x 8cm and 9.5cm x 3.5cm.

A faux stepper card in pink, with flowering zinnias coloured in with green, yellow, purple and pink

Fold the thinner piece of card in half, and with the stepper section closed, stick it with the longer edge on the back and flush to the bottom. You will notice that the front edge doesn’t come flush to the bottom, that’s ok, just keep the card ‘closed’ and stick the overlap down. This makes your faux stepper card.

To decorate this front panel I cut a piece of white card measuring 6.5cm x 12.5cm and splattered some ink using my Melon Mambo blends. I then stamped the large Zinnia flower image onto a scrap piece of white, in Memento, and coloured it in using my Stampin’ Blends and my watercolour pencils. Once cut out this was the perfect topper for my card, with a simple sentiment stamped in black and a few sequins to finish.

A close up of a faux stepper card in pink, with flowering zinnias coloured in with green, yellow, purple and pink

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a faux stepper card and most importantly I hope I have inspired you to have a go at making one for yourself. If you would like to purchase the products used today, just head to my online store using the button below and search for the Flowering Zinnia suite – have fun!

Until next time, Happy Stamping xx

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  1. Heather this is such a gorgeous card and I am definitely going to have a go at a faux stepper cards myself after seeing this one. Your colouring as always amazes me !

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