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How to Make a Simple Easel Card
In this article, we'll show you how to make a simple easel card! These attractive cards stand up like an easel and are an unusual alternative to traditional handmade greeting cards. While easel cards look complex, they are actually very easy to make. In this tutorial, we'll look at making a very simple easel card from a single piece of folded card. Once you are familiar with the basics you will find that there are almost endless ways that you can vary and adapt this technique to create a wide range of easel cards.
One Piece Easel Card
This simple easel card is made from a single sheet of card. This is a good way to learn the basics of easel card construction before moving on to more complex designs. The card can be created larger or smaller as required.
Tip: Try making the card first out of scrap paper to see how the card is constructed.
Easel Card Basics
Most easel cards follow the following basic design principles:
- The length of the card before it is folded is three times the width. In effect, it is three squares joined together (see the illustration on the next page).
- A brad, button or other raised element needs to be attached to the base of the card to make the front piece stand up like an easel.
- In addition to decorating the front of the card, the base of the card can also be turned into a design feature.
- A piece of cardstock (I used a piece 4" x 12" / approximately 10cm x 30cm)
- Ruler and paper folder (a paper folder is optional, however, it will help you to achieve a professional looking finish)
- Glue or double sided tape
- Rubber stamps and embellishments to make the front panel
- Brad, button or other raised 3d embellishment
Tips for Making Easel Cards
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- Write your sentiments and greetings where you like! Some people like to write on the inside of the card as you would a traditional folded card, however, the back panel can also be a good place to write a few words.
- If you are making an easel card for someone who has not received one before, you may find that they appreciate a small note telling them how to display the card.
- The raised braid, button, or other embellishments are required to make the easel card stand, may also mean that the card is a tight fit in a normal envelope.
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One Piece Easel Card Construction Illustration
This illustration shows the layout of a one piece easel card.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Score and Fold the Card
Using the diagram on the previous page, mark the card into thirds and mark the line across the center of the middle third. Score and fold the card so that central fold is made as a mountain fold (^) and the folds either side of this are valley folds (v). The finished shape will look like a W.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Add glue or double sided tape to the central panel on the left-hand side.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Join the Pieces
Fold the left panel over so it is attached to the adhesive. This forms the basic shape of the easel card.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Ready for Decorating
When you place a braid, button, or other 3d embellishment on the bottom panel, the front of the card will stand up like an easel, as illustrated in the photograph above. There are many ways to decorate and customize the card and now the fun really begins!
You could, of course, stamp directly onto the front of the card. However, if you are like me and worried that a slight wobble will spoil the card, then you may prefer to decorate a panel of paper that is just a little smaller than the front of the card and attach this with adhesive. One of the attractive features of this type of card is that there are plenty of other opportunities for stamping and decoration. A sentiment can be stamped or printed and attached to the front of the card. If this is layered onto the card using a thick double sided tape then this may be raised enough to catch the front of the card and eliminate the need for a brad or button. The back or inside of the card can also be decorated.
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