Saturday, May 3, 2014

Circus Step Card

My friend, Kim, from Altus, Oklahoma (a town my dad grew up in) asked for a circus card for her two year old grandson.  I knew I wanted to start with a circus tent, but I also wanted something a little different from the usual.   I've already made three of these cards - two more people asked for them when they saw Kim's!

I found these wonderful images at Clip Art Garden.  Aren't they fun?   I've got to head back and look at all the other goodies - I just didn't have time earlier.  I decided on a step card to showcase these fabulous circus animals.

This card was super easy to make.   Here's what you need:

You'll need four strips of decorative paper.  I love this polka paper it is from White Coffee Designs and is from the Confetti Polka Dot set.   One strip is 1 3/4" x 4 3/4" and the other three are 1" x 4 3/4". 

Score the cardstock at:

1 1/4 "
2 1/2"
3 3/4"
6 1/4"
7 1/2"
9 1/4"

 After you've scored the cardstock, fold it accordion style.  The front should fold down. 

Now you're ready to decorate!

On this card the bear, elephant and lion are sized at about 3 7/8" tall.  The tent is about 4 7/8" tall.  

Adhere the polka paper on each section.  I used pop dots to adhere the animals to get a little more depth.  If you have a cutting machine you can import these images in and it will cut them for you.  (If you have a Silhouette and need help on how to do this - email me, I'm happy to help!)

The lion is holding a flaming ring and I die cut a sentiment to fit it.  You could personalize it - for example for Kim's grandson I put:  Look who's 2!  

I adore the sweet details on these animals:  like the elephant's nose.  This card is perfect for a birthday,  It looks cute folded up and also spread out!   Let's celebrate!


  1. oh my this is full of cuteness.. love it

  2. OMG this is adorable! Love how much depth you create by doing these folds! TFS

  3. Your circus is the one I'd definitely go to Lori, it's beautifully made and so cute as well!
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  4. WOW!! This is a fabulous card and design Lori.Loz

  5. Hey Lori - you are so talented and this card is not only fun but cute as can be. I could not do this following directions much less making it up as I go!
    Sandy xx

  6. HOW FUN AND ADORABLE IS THIS CARD?!?!?! Youare beyond talented my friend! beyond!

  7. This is one of most fantastic cards I've ever seen, the detail and colors are incredible, love it. You are one talented gal. Happy week

  8. Lori you should submit this for publocation, its fabulous!

  9. Thank you for sharing this tutorial ;) I created one as an invite :)


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