Penguin Place – Fun Fold Card Tutorial

I adore this card!!

Stair Step cards are popular, but I couldn’t find the exact measurements I needed for the card I envisioned. After many trials and errors I discovered what worked. The good news is that it fits in a regular envelope.

Supplies and Instructions are below. It looks complicated to make, but with patience you will find it’s pretty easy. Once you make one you’ll want to make many more.


• Basic White Cardstock: 8 1/2″x 10 1/4″
• Basic White Cardstock:
• Basic White Cardstock: 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
• Penguin Place Stamp Set
• Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper
• Balmy Blue Stampin Pad
• Mint macaroon Stampin Pad


Given in three sections: 1) prepare Decorations 2)Cut, Scoreand Fold 3) Decorating the Card

This is a first look of what your base should look like. The first two cuts (and only cuts on the base) will be a guideline for scoring so be careful to get them right. You’re going to love knowing how to make the basic stair step card because the possibilities for different designs are endless.

Cut, Score, and Fold

Basic White Cardstock: 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

Place the 5 1/2″ side to top (vertical). Place the 10 1/2″ right side on the 1″ mark to the right. Lift blade (do not cut) and place it 1″ from the top. Cut from that 1″ mark from the top down to the 7 3/4″ mark. This is an interior cut so do not cut the entire length of the paper.

Flip to the other side and keep the same 5 1/2″ at the top. Make the same cut on the opposite 10 1/2″ side making sure that they are running exactly parallel.

Score. There are no more cuts for the base. Use a scoring board if your cutter does not have a scoring blade.

IMPORTANT: Start with the 5 1/2″ side that has the cut beginning at 1″ to the right. Follow scoring carefully.

Score at 1″ all the way across and score at 2″ all the way across. Score at 4″, 5″ and 7 1/8″ only from cut line to cut line. There are 5 score lines total.

Fold only on the score lines.

1″ – Mountain fold all the way across.
2″ – Valley fold all the way across
4″ – Mountain fold only between score lines. DO NOT fold sides
5″ – Valley fold only between score lines. Do NOT fold sides
7″ – Mountain fold only between score lines. Do NOT fold sides

Do Not fold the the sides yet. (This isn’t difficult to do, just difficult to explain.) Fold the base using the mountain and valley folds at the correct score lines and lay flat. As you can see, the card will not line up perfectly at the bottom. This is because different thickness of cardstocks fold differently and my measurements gives a little wiggle room.

As you have the card folded and lying flat, fold the sides where they naturally want to fold. (I found it helpful to hold the bottom where I wanted it to be folded and the gently push the sides up and fold.)

If you are satisfied with the stair step affect of your card please remember to cut the bottom of the base so that it will fold evenly. I had to cut off almost 1/2″ off

Prepare Decorations

This doesn’t show all of the pieces, but will give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

2 General Patterns from Penguin Playmates DSP: Some patterns are directional so cut accordingly.

Sides: 2 pieces cut at 4″ x 1″
Bottom front: 1 piece cut at 5 1/2″ x 4″, fold in half. You will need to cut this precisely. Cut 1″ in from both sides, but cut only from top to fold line. This should match the cut on the down side of the fold.

Cut a 3/4″ strip from bottom of the 8 1/2″ x 11 basic white cardstock

Use the snowline and a sentiment from the Penguin Place Stamp Set

Snowline: NOTE: Use Balmy Blue (or your color choice) to stamp the snowline 2 times with the hill on top and 1 time with hill upside down.

Sentiment: Using Mint Macaroon (or your color choice ) stamp your sentiment in the center of the 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ basic white. (Mine shows the right , but you will want yours in the center.)

Cut with scissors along the top line of each snowhill, but do NOT cut the width or cut any shorter than 3″ from peak to bottom. (This only shows 2 snowhills.) We will cut later.

Important : This isn’t shown, but the front slope isn’t long enough. Add 1/2″ to both sides of one of the slopes that isn’t upside down.

When you want to relax and watch TV, fussy cut the following elements from the Penguin Playmate DSP: snowman, penguin with hat, polar bear, sitting fox, lying fox, 4 trees, and 2 birds. Spend $50 in my online shop and get the Penguin Plyamte DSP for fee. Click the button to see other items.

After you cut the animals and trees, punch out the snowflakes. These snowflakes punch out easy, but still take your time because they’re delicate.

Keep the negative part of the snowflakes for another card.

Decorate the Card

Use the picture for a reference or decorate however you would like.

  1. While you are decorating be careful to only add adhesive where adhesive is needed. For example, the polar bear does not need adhesive on all of him because some of his back will be exposed. Putting glue where glue is not necessary will cause your card to stick together. I made that mistake and want you to avoid making it.
  2. As you add the elements keep in mind that your card will be sitting like shown in the picture. Decorating it while it is flat will not give you the look you are looking for. Also do not put anything higher than 4 1/4″ or it won’t fit in a regular envelope.
  3. Adhere the side DSP pieces
  4. Adhere the bottom front DSP, making sure to fold over and line up the cuts on the back of the first fold.
  5. Front Slope: Remember you added 1/2″ to both sides? Cut it to 5 1/2″ across and 2″ down from the tallest part of the hill. Sponge top edge with Balmy Blue. Put adhesive only on the back side edges. Adhere to the sides as shown in the picture.
  6. Second Slope: I cut 2 1/2″ down from the highest part of the hill. I adjusted mine by cutting 1/2″ off of the left side and then cutting to make it 3 1/2″ long. Adhere to the second mountain fold making sure that it is NOT glued to the sides.
  7. Third Slope: This needs to be cut at 2 3/4″ down from the tallest part of the hill. Cut 1 1/8″ from the left and then cut to make 3 1/2″ long. Adhere to the last mountain fold making sure that it is not glued to the sides.
  8. Proceed to adhere the animals, trees, snowflakes and sentiment as shown in picture or however you prefer.

How did yours turn out? I’d love to see it. Once you’ve made a few of these Stair Step Fun Folds, you will come up with many other ideas. You could use grass instead of snow. You could use a different color of cardstock for the base and add any stamps you want. Have fun with it.

White Cardstock: 2


  1. Such a cute card. Also appreciate the photo showing your measurements and cut lines. I think this will adapt to many different themes using various stamps and papers.

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