It’s the back-to-school time of year this week and whether you have students in your life or not, it is a time of transitions. Summer has ended and the academic year has begun. The season is starting to shift to fall. Schedules ramp up with activities.
While contemplating these transitions and planning my card making tutorial for the week, my brain latched on to Easel Cards. I think this style of card reminded me of chalkboards and children making art to be displayed. Easel Cards are special because they essentially look like a basic card but have a delightful surprise in their design. With one extra fold and a popped up element these cards are meant to be displayed. While there are multiple ways to create an easel card today I am going to focus on 3 basic ways to make easel cards: Vertical, Horizontal and Twisted. Watch the replay of my video tutorial where I show you how to put these 3 designs together and download the written directions on the pdf below.
An Easel Card has 3 unique elements that make it special:
- The card base is designed to turn into the easel stand that displays the card front.
- There is an element on the inside of the card base that is raised up to hold the card front upright.
- An easel card displays 2 greeting sentiments simultaneously so you can layer your message to the recipient of the card.
eLet’s begin with the Vertical version of the Easel Card. This version starts with a panel card base measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″ which gets scored in half at 5 1/2″ like a normal card. Then one half of the card (what is to be the card front) is scored in half at 2 3/4″. Both of these score lines are folded in the same direction – towards the inside of the card. The card front that you create to mount onto the card base gets adhered to the lower section of the card base front as shown in the picture.
Let’s switch to the Horizontal Easel Card. The method for making the card base is exactly the same as it was for the Vertical version, just the measurements change. The card base measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ which gets scored in half at 4 1/4″ as normal. Then score one half of the card in half at 2 1/8″. Both of these score lines are folded in the same direction – towards the inside of the card. Again, the card front piece that you attach to this card base gets adhered to the lower section of the card base front as the picture shows.
Lastly, lets put a “twist” on this Easel Card tutorial and make a Twisted Easel Card. The card base measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, scored in half at 4 1/4″. The front of this base is scored in half diagonally from either corner as shown. The diagonal score line gets folded in towards the inside of the card, and the card front gets attached to this section. EASY!
Take some time this season to create one or all all these basic Easel Cards and then send them out into the world! Happy stamping – Robin