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#SimplyG45 - How to Create Side Step Cards - Halloween & Autumn Style

Posted by Graphic 45 10/26/2017 30 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,#SimplyG45,

Hello, G45ers!

 We have Brand Ambassador Sandy Trefger joining us today with her fabulous fall #SimplyG45 card step by step tutorial featuring Seasons and Master Detective.  These Side Step cards are just the thing whether you are celebrating the warm colors of the changing leaves or the spooky hues of Halloween. The way Sandy has incorporated twine in each card adds the perfect amount of interest to this straightforward design. Check out her Snapguide tutorial to get on your way.

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#SimplyG45 Side Step Cards
For Autumn or Halloween

By Sandy Trefger


“No matter how you celebrate the season--Autumn or Halloween (or both), you’ll want to create a few of these fun Side Step cards with your favorite Graphic 45 Collection.  While these cards look very complicated, you can easily finish one or two in 60 minutes or less!  I’ve created a Snapguide tutorial for you on how to assemble the base and finish it using the Autumn sheets from the beautiful Seasons collection.  However, you can use the same base and create a totally frightful Halloween card with Master Detective!


Check out How to Create a #SimplyG45 Side Step Card by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

Step by Step Card Tutorial



Tip  #1:  Use a bone folder to burnish and score each fold line several times to get a really good fold for each section of a side step card.  This will help create a strong base for your fussy cut elements.  Also, add a folding support piece between the two main sections really helps the card to stand up.


Tip #2:  To save your larger 12x12 paper sheets for bigger projects, look to your 8x8 paper pad for your cards.  However, the larger prints from the 12x12 do make fabulous cards too which is what I used for my cards.  You can save some of your papers by using extra ephemera cards from the collection for some of your fussy cut images.  Layer lots of different images and elements on each section of your card to make it really full.



Graphic 45 Supplies:


Autumn Side Step Card


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Halloween Card


Other Supplies:

  • Cardstock, Kraft for Autumn Card or Black for Halloween Card
  • Jute Twine, Orange or Black
  • Rhinestone, for Halloween Card
  • Glossy Accents and white glue
  • Brad, for Autumn Card



Fun Facts:

  • Autumn is my favorite crafting season and Halloween is my favorite crafting holiday!  I love all seasons and holidays but really think these two are my favorites.

  • As much as I love Halloween, I did not go Trick or Treating until I was 10 years old!  We lived on a farm 17 miles from town and only celebrated Halloween at school by making hall decorations out of paper--black cats, witches, Jack-o-lanterns and attending the school fall or Halloween carnival.  New neighbors that moved from the city to a farm nearby when I was ten, invited me to go with them for Trick or Treating and helped me to make a ghost costume from a white sheet.  It was so much fun! I loved it so much that as a Mom I always took our kids Trick or Treating, hosted Halloween parties and still decorate our home with frightful stuff and create lots of Halloween projects.



I hope you enjoy these fun but #simplyg45 easy step side cards and create some for your favorite season and holiday!”  Happy Crafting! ~ Sandy Trefger


Looking for more dimensional card ideas?  Check out this masterful bendi card by Kathy Clement.  

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Master Detective Bendi Card

By Kathy Clement

See full post here



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Weekly Blog Contest:

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Facebook, and/or  Instagram to be entered to win!  Up for grabs this week is this Nature Sketchbook prize package, including an 8x8 Paper Pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids Paper Pad, 2 Chipboard sets, Ephemera Cards, and Die-cut Tag Staples, a $40 value.  The winner will be announced on the blog, Friday, October 27th, 2017.  


Thanks for joining us for this creative card double feature and thanks to Sandy for sharing her simply wonderful designs. Simple cards are some of the most useful crafts to have around, perfect for last minute gifts and great for large parties. We'd love to hear about your favorite tips and tricks for cards in the comments below. Remember that today is your last chance to comment to be entered to win this week's blog prize, here and/or on Facebook. Good luck! 


Happy Papercrafting!

30 Comment(s)

Johanna Knightstep:
10/26/2017, 10:26:45 AM

I love the autumn card! Natures sketchbook is perfect for photos we took while on a hike!

Lorna sommer:
10/26/2017, 10:47:33 AM

I've only been able to find and buy single pages of Nature's Sketchbook I love, love them and would adore to have the whole collection. We are an outdoorsy family who loves to be in nature so would make great layouts for our photos.

Michele Lewis:
10/26/2017, 11:09:51 AM

I LOVE this side step card idea!! The Graphic 45 Seasons collection suits it just perfectly!

Donna Leutloff:
10/26/2017, 11:12:51 AM

Wow! That step card made with the Seasons line is amazing! That's some serious fussy cutting! TFS!

10/26/2017, 11:26:33 AM

Amazing cards - so inspiring. Loving the papers.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Outstanding projects with outstanding collection!

10/26/2017, 12:13:37 PM

Master Detective is such a fantastic line I love every project that I have seen made from it. The cards Sandy & Kathy made are awesome. I like the seasons one as well but Master Detective is my favorite collection. Nature Sketchbook is a awesome collection too-I LOVE the colors and images. >^..^<

10/26/2017, 12:15:58 PM

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love creating beautiful fall crafts. I can’t wait to make this fall side-step card.

10/26/2017, 12:34:11 PM

Love these side-step cards! I always thought they were too complicated, but your tutorial makes it look quite manageable - I'll be trying this out!

Sue LD:
10/26/2017, 12:45:50 PM

Fabulous side step cards and the Autumn one is gorgeous.

10/26/2017, 12:58:20 PM

I plan to make a step by step card for my son's birthday in mid November; thank you very much for the tutorial!

10/26/2017, 01:11:41 PM

I would never have thought of using the Master Detective stack for Halloween, but seeing it now it makes perfect sense! Love the use of materials

Martie Rollin:
10/26/2017, 01:35:53 PM

So nice to finally get a tutorial on making a side step card! Very easy to follow and understand. I'll definitely use this card base for many occasions! Thank you. G45!

Sue MacFall:
10/26/2017, 01:50:41 PM

Great projects, love both these paper collections. Thank you.

Grace K.:
10/26/2017, 01:55:34 PM

So many great tips! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Jean marmo:
10/26/2017, 01:57:32 PM

Simply stunning.

10/26/2017, 02:14:56 PM

These cards have a fun different look. And I love the G45 papers!

Glenda Buster:
10/26/2017, 02:17:44 PM

I love Sandy’s beautiful and creative cards. Seasons’ colors are so wonderfully vibrant. Thank you for the tips and tutorial.

Kathy Lutter:
10/26/2017, 02:31:16 PM

I just love the side step cards!Thanks for the Snapguide tutorial. Will have to try one!

Michelle Nettleton:
10/26/2017, 02:45:45 PM

Oh I am so jazzed. I wanted to do a step card and with Sandys tutorial I can, yeah!

10/26/2017, 03:10:03 PM

Awesome papers, who wouldn't want to win? Pick me

10/26/2017, 03:19:47 PM,

absolutely amazing, I love the colours and I love the step cards! great details!

10/26/2017, 03:19:48 PM,

absolutely amazing, I love the colours and I love the step cards! great details!

10/26/2017, 04:08:57 PM

Whoa....have not tried the side step card. Have not even seen one until I opened my email today. Thank you for the tutorial and now I would truly love to win!

Judy Phillips:
10/26/2017, 04:17:19 PM

I really like learning cards with different cuts and levels - thanks so much for these really cool card projects!

10/26/2017, 05:16:36 PM

Love the cards by both Sandy and Kathy

Debbie Siddle:
10/27/2017, 01:31:41 AM

Great side step cards. I've made these before but don't often see them around. Good to see them now. x

Arianna Barbara:
10/27/2017, 04:18:22 AM

I'm totally in love for these stunning cards!!!

Barb Macaskill:
10/27/2017, 11:07:34 AM

Great collections! I plan to make a board game using this collection! TFS!

10/29/2017, 01:53:33 PM

Love the cards!

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